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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’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.
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.
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’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,

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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

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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