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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ADVENTURE BIKE What are you after? The comfort delivered by a big comfy GS, or the convenience of a smaller XT? Our Paddy Moore takes a look at a few deciding factors… Many new riders are confused about the differences between a Dual Sport and an Adventure Bike. While an Adventure Bike is technically a type of Dual Sport, people usually use the term Dual Sport to describe lightweight “Enduro Style” Motorcycles that are street legal. To add to the confusion, some of these lightweight Dual Sport bikes can be converted into Adventure Bikes through aftermarket upgrades. Dual Sport bikes are also referred to as Dual Purpose, Dualies or Enduros as well, so it’s no wonder there is a lot of confusion. Many riders are not really sure if they would be better off with an Adventure Bike or a Dual Sport. There are many different factors that determine which one is best for you. Let’s take a closer look at what differentiates these two motorcycle segments and try to clear up some of the confusion. The Short Answer Dual Sport Bikes and Adventure Bikes are both designed to go either off-road or pavement. The main differentiating factor between the two is the location of their sweet spot. Adventure Bikes have a sweet spot that falls more towards the street bike side of the spectrum with an emphasis on long range comfort. Dual Sport bikes tilt more towards the motocross side of the spectrum with a no frills off-road focus. Choosing the wrong bike can lead to years of regret and expense to pull things right, 42 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT how to choose adventure.indd 42 2016/02/21 11:50 AM

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 43 1603 DT how to choose adventure.indd 43 2016/02/21 11:50 AM