If you are not fussy about the make of your Street Legal Dirt Bike and more concerned about a fair price than this is the page for you.
The main stream big 6 manufactures of dual sport motorcycles are represented below. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki make mostly mid range machines, 200 – 650. BMW makes the upper range adventure bikes mostly above 1000cc. KTM makes a wide range from 350 – 990 and believe it or not I have seen street legal KTMs as small as 200.
However there are always some exceptions to the above and once in a while an unusual size will pop up. These were usually discontinued due to poor popularity but quite often were great machines. An example that comes to mind is Honda’s XL350R. You will see all kinds of XL250R and a fair amount of XL650R but only occasionally an XL350R even though they were great machines.
A rare breed nowadays is the Honda Reflex which was a 200cc available for only a couple of years in the US. I was offered one in real nice shape 10 years ago for $400 but the seller back out at the last minute. Now they are never under $1200 unless basket case and for some reason most are found in Colorado… must have been real popular there at one time.
Yamaha makes some beautiful machines with the WR250R being the dual sport bike to have currently. They used to make a whole range of street legal dirt bikes called the DT series, from 125DT to 500DT. These were oil injected and full of power, fun to ride. I have personaly owned a 175DT and a 250DT and wished I had them back. You still see them around but being vintage they pull pretty good prices.
Suzuki has manufactured some pretty neat machines over the years. I remember when I was a teen my neighbor’s son has a 185 that was street legal and all tricked out. A friend and fellow rider currently rides a DRZ400S and I have had the privilege of riding it myself quite a bit. Love the bike and will own one myself one day.
My personal favorite is Kawasaki and have had a couple. Currently I ride a KLR600 (in the banner above) and for the money ($1551) has been a very good machine. This bike was actually purchased off ebay after watching the listings for about 6 months. Have had it for over 8 years and plan on keeping it another 8!
The workhorse of the Kawai dual sport motorcycles is the KLR650. One of the best adventure bikes for the money. Practially bullet proof!
KTM orange are impressive machines and good at all sizes. They pretty much have everything covered from dual sport through adventure machines. Never owned one… maybe someday.
BMW makes some beautiful machines and anyone I have ever known who has had on speaks highly of them. Nice crossover bikes and although they favor the pavement they are also dirty. A true adventure machine and a comfortable ride on long trips.
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