Dual sport motorcycles get overlooked these days as more and more attention focuses on adventure bikes. But true dual sport machines offer some notable benefits that adventure bikes often can’t match. Lighter weight, for instance, simpler construction, and more proficient off-road capability to name a few. These advantages mean a lot when you plan to do some serious time in the dirt. Another nice aspect of this segment is the variety of models at an affordable price. All five of the bikes we’ve selected are under $7,000 brand new. Plus, a number of them have been around long enough that used motorcycles are widely available at even better prices. Want more recommendations? Read our original Affordable Dual Sport Motorcycles article.
Honda’s CRF300L Rally straddles the line between low-displacement adventure bike and dual sport, tending more toward the off-road side. (Honda/)
2021 Honda CRF300L Rally: $5,999
In terms of the dual sport essentials, the Honda CRF300L Rally is well-equipped. It’s rocking a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel setup with long-travel suspension providing 10.2 inches travel front and back. The 286cc single is designed to be low-maintenance and offer optimum low- and midrange performance in cold weather and at higher altitudes. The built-in skid plate provides a nice level of underbody protection, the slim seat makes it easy to maneuver in technical off-road situations, and the bodywork not only helps the bike sustain any beatings it might take, it also gives the machine a head-turning rally aesthetic. Honda has a more stripped-down version in the CRF300L for $750 less, but that extra money really ups the dual sport prowess of the platform, which is why we think the Rally version is the better option.
The KLX300 is a lightweight, affordable, and fun dual sport. (Kawasaki/)
2022 Kawasaki KLX300: $5,799–$5,999
Kawasaki’s newest dual sport, the KLX300, is a direct competitor to the CRF300L. It comes with a slightly larger 292cc single that has been designed to be punchy in the low-end, capable on the road in the higher revs, and as free from vibration as possible. It also runs on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels and features long-travel, adjustable suspension front and rear, with 10 inches available at the front and 9.1 inches at the back. The ergos and cockpit are ideal for off-road riding, and styling mimics the look of Kawasaki’s line of KX machines. This one doesn’t feature the same level of crash protection as the 300L Rally, but a few hundred dollars in aftermarket parts can solve that issue real quick.
The XT250 is a great beginner dual sport and a fun weekend trailbike. (Yamaha/)
2022 Yamaha XT250: $5,199
The most affordable, and most straightforward, machine on the list is Yamaha’s XT250. This 249cc air-cooled single-powered bike is a great starter machine, a reliable commuter, and an entertaining trailbike. Seat height is an approachable 31.9 inches and the suspension setup provides 8.9 inches travel at the front and 7.1 inches at the rear. Ergos are neutral and comfortable, and the design of the bike ensures nimble, accurate handling even in tricky situations. As with the other bikes we’ve covered, the XT250 comes with a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel setup. If serious off-road shenanigans are on your to-do list, you will want to fork out a bit extra for some aftermarket crash protection.
Kawasaki’s updated KLR650 ABS adds some long-overdue improvements. (Kawasaki/)
2022 Kawasaki KLR650 ABS: $6,999
Step up in size and power with Kawasaki’s venerable KLR650, which has long been a go-to bike for dual sport riders. For the 2022 model year,
By: Byron Wilson
Title: Affordable Dual Sport Motorcycles in 2022
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/five-affordable-dual-sport-motorcycles-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2023 18:55:36 +0000
Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
The Ducati Monster is widely credited with saving the Italian marque in the 90s. Part of its success lies in its minimalist brawler aesthetic—and part of it lies in the fact that Ducati has always offered the Monster in myriad engine sizes at varying price points. If you couldn’t quite spring for an M900 back in 1994, the Ducati Monster 600 looked just as cool, cost less, and still made adequate power.
Decades on, the Monster is a very different beast and has even shed its trademark trellis frame. But the mid-90s Monster still has appeal—and it’s got tons of custom bike potential, as evidenced by this custom Ducati Monster 600 from Turkey’s Bunker Custom Cycles.
The 1998-model Monster 600 belongs to the Turkish actor Kadir Doğulu, who went through considerable effort to obtain it. The story goes that the bike was one of four imported to Turkey in the late 90s as show bikes for a major local 4×4 event. Kadir spotted it in the corner of a parking garage gathering dust and hassled the owner for ten years before he finally agreed to sell it.
By then, the Monster 600 was desperately in need of rescue. A decade of being parked had given the elements time to work, leaving the chassis, fuel tank, and a whole whack of alloy parts covered in rust. Kadir held onto the bike for a while, then called in the brothers at Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert and Can Uzer, to revive it.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-ducati-monster-600
Published Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2023 18:57:09 +0000
Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Honda’s CB750 Hornet was officially unveiled in Europe last year, and has appeared in other markets globally—just not the US. (Honda Europe/)
It’s been 25 years since Honda’s massively popular 600cc Hornet wheelied onto European tarmac, so when word got out a couple of years ago that a new Hornet was in development the buzz (sorry) around the internet was palpable. The first and second-gen Hornets were almost universally beloved for their light weight, revvy characterful engine, and uh, down-to-earth price tags. Fun, practical, and cheap? It’s no wonder crowds of riders signed up to own one. And while the naked-bike segment has evolved tremendously in the ensuing years, a midsize model with those same characteristics along with the reliability and build quality Honda’s known for—at the right price—might still put up a good fight against its Trident 660 and MT-07 rivals.
The Hornet’s chassis is dominated by a new lightweight diamond steel frame and Showa suspension front and rear. (Honda Europe/)
Sure enough, Honda pulled the wraps off its long-anticipated CB750 Hornet at the 2022 Intermot show in Germany, and it had all the goods we could hope for: a rollicking 91 hp twin engine (not an inline-four like the old model), a robust menu of standard features, and a better-than-expected electronics package. The compact 755cc Unicam eight-valve parallel-twin engine was entirely new, as was the diamond steel frame, and the bike sported throttle-by-wire, ABS, four ride modes, traction and wheelie control, a six-speed transmission, and more.
Initial reports praised its fat midrange, agility, and unique sound (for a parallel twin). It weighed less than 420 pounds, and for a naked middleweight, the price was right; less than 8,000 euro (about $8,500 USD).
Related: 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview
The new Hornet shares its all-new compact 755cc parallel-twin engine with Honda’s just-released XL750 Transalp, though there are slight differences. (Honda Europe/)
You can bet plenty of US riders immediately thought, “Great, North America will get it next year.” And really, that didn’t seem like an outlandish idea. The bike had been teased since at least 2021, beginning with computer illustrations and then more fleshed-out reveals of a concept version; it had now become a familiar formula, with Honda then usually releasing a full production model in Europe, followed a year later with entry into the North American market. But here we are at the end of 2023 and many of the 2024 US models have already been announced, including the reborn 2024 Transalp model, which—it almost feels like a slap in the face—uses the same exact 755cc engine as the Hornet. A bike with the same drivetrain as the Hornet, that wasn’t expected in the US at all this year, and yet…
A 5.0-inch color TFT display allows access to rider modes, traction control, engine-braking, and anti-wheelie settings. (Honda Europe/)
As we said, the engine is all-new, with the parallel twin using Honda’s latest vortex airflow ducting to improve intake flow in the low-end and midrange. Peak power is 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm, with max torque of 55.3 lb.-ft. coming on at 7,250 rpm. The Hornet’s 755cc mill also uses a 270-degree crank for an uneven firing interval that injects more character to its delivery as well as its sound.
To be fair, the Transalp’s mill is ever so slightly different, with the airbox inlets being longer to give it more midrange, and its back
By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb750-hornet-coming-soon-rumors/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 22:17:08 +0000
Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
The Glemseck 101 is the European event for anyone who loves fast, impractical, and highly imaginative machines. Those who partake in it do so with cult-like levels of obsession—returning year after year in a bid to outdo each other and themselves.
Rolf Reick is a regular face at the Glemseck 101. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, the perpetually cheerful industrial designer heads up a design school in the nearby town of Mannheim. But he also has years of experience building custom bikes—like this wild Kawasaki H1 two-stroke—under the banner of Krautmotors.
Rolf has stockpiled a number of rad bits and pieces over the years. So he set himself a goal of building a drag bike for this year’s Glemseck 101 using only recycled parts from his personal stash, turning to external sources only when necessary. (It’s not the first time he’s used this approach.)
One of the parts that Ralf already had on hand was the triple-cylinder two-stroke engine from a Kawasaki H1 Mach III; the original ‘Widowmaker.’ But it was far from stock. It had previously been rebuilt by the Kawasaki specialist Ralf Gille, with a host of upgrades that included extensive head work, a new crankshaft, and a set of Mikuni carbs.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/kawasaki-h1-krautmotors
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 18:01:55 +0000
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