Dual sport suggestions

Tex68w

Beach Bum
The Beta's are super cool and I like the BYB options....but unless you live somewhere where there is big dealer support, I'd err on the side of KTM/Husq. I know several guys that ride both the 4 and 2 stroke Betas here locally, we have a really big support network relative to a lot of places and it's still not nearly as easy as getting parts as it is for the other bikes. I'd go through the (slight) hassle here cause I really like the bikes, but someplace else, where it's even more difficult....I don't think I'd be up for it.

It is the one down side to the brand here in the states at the moment but I do believe that will improve in time. Slavens is starting to stock parts and hopefully RMATV will follow suit soon.
 

nickw

Adventurer
KTM 350 XC-F and put a tail and headlight kit on it if you want to go the plated dirt bike route.

Cycle Trader
Not sure where OP is, but that's not legal in a few states, including here in Oregon. Its gotta be street legal from the factory.

I also think the spring forks and non link rear sus are big positives unless riding high speed desert stuff.
 

phsycle

Adventurer
Not sure where OP is, but that's not legal in a few states, including here in Oregon. Its gotta be street legal from the factory.

I also think the spring forks and non link rear sus are big positives unless riding high speed desert stuff.
In Utah, but planning to travel to surrounding states, so I'd like to keep it factory-street-legal only. I've added the KTM 250 to the list. I am ok with smaller bikes. I'd probably be fine with a 125.
 

nickw

Adventurer
In Utah, but planning to travel to surrounding states, so I'd like to keep it factory-street-legal only. I've added the KTM 250 to the list. I am ok with smaller bikes. I'd probably be fine with a 125.
If really only matters where the bike is registered, if your state allows bikes to be converted, you can do that and ride it anywhere. Regardless, getting one already set up is easier and I think the dual sport bikes are a bit better for what you are looking to do.
 

Tex68w

Beach Bum
Yea here in Texas you can plate two-strokes with ease, just depends on your AO. In regards to PDS vs linkage I have to disagree with Nick, I only find PDS to have an advantage in small bump compliance and in ground clearance. That would factor in if you ride hard enduro and slow technical trails but even then I have never found the linkage to be a clearance issue and if so there are plenty of ABS skid plates that offer coverage for it. Most of us grew up on linkage bikes and are used to its characteristics and they dominate in MX, bigger hits/jumps and at higher speeds. I have also noticed that PDS is always more finicky when it comes to setting it up and is usually almost a certainty that you will have to mess with it in the aftermarket to get it where it needs to be. That said, I have owned a handful of PDS bikes and I will be picking another up this weekend so they have their place.
 
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