Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Evansville, Indiana
I think the definition is clear because I don't use my preferences to define it.
The most basic Dualsport definition would be on-road/off-road. It really isn't any more difficult then that. There has never been any defining level of on-road/off-road use to equate to whether or not you are dualsporting.
Adventure riding is essentially dualsporting for longer distances which typically means multi-day trips. Not really any more difficult here either.
Once you start getting into personal definitions, this is where common sense seems to get thrown out the window. Extremists want to extend definitions simply because they were able to accomplish something. For instance, a KLR owner who adds $4,000 worth of farkles so he can ride 10,000 miles during one trip doesn't make the KLR an adventure bike, it makes HIS KLR an adventure bike. The KLR is a dualsport bike that can be made in to an adventure bike. Also, the KLR owner who adds $3,000 worth of farkles so he can hang with dirtbikes on knarly singletrack does not make the KLR a dirtbike, that makes HIS KLR a dirtbike. Neither of these extremes are considered dualsporting just because a few people manage to do it on what used to be a dualsport bike, but now is something completely different.
Dualsporting, in the broad sense, means you take off from home, travel a few hundred miles, ride some forest roads whether maintained or not, get through some singletrack as necessary, bust through a few stream crossings as needed, pop back on the paved roads and head back home. That's dualsporting! Do several days of this away from home... that's adventure riding.
What makes the KLR so awesome is it' ability to adapt to many different forms of riding. Stock, it can do adventure style riding as well as some dirtbiking. But it's still not either one... it's still a dualsport unless you modify it to be something else permanantly.
Last edited by TheWanderer; 10-26-2007 at 06:35 PM.