7 myths about Dual Sport motorcycles

There are street riders, and there are dirt riders. And then there are those who do both at the same time on dual sport. As I learned to step into the wonderful world of dirt, I realized that these bikes that aren’t good at everything but can do everything are a little different from what I originally thought. . This eveRide video dispels many of these misconceptions.

1. Double sports are death machines and will kill you.

My driving experience on land consists mainly of falls. I’ve only ever ridden street bikes so I don’t have the right gear or techniques for that. Not only are my tires slick instead of gnarled, but I also didn’t know you shouldn’t overuse the front brake until I had broken a few turn signals already. Mixed sports, however, are made for these conditions. Of course you still need the techniques, but even if you don’t have more than the basic riding skills they will take good care of you. The biggest piece of advice Ricky Carmichael gave me was not to go faster than my ability. Take this advice and the bike will be your willing partner, not your murderer.

2. All dual sport crashes result in injury, death or total cycling.

The advantage of riding on dirt is that cars are usually not a factor which eliminates one of the biggest threats to bikers. Your speed is also generally much slower, which reduces the consequences of an accident. Yes, crashes are possible, and even probable if you don’t know what you’re doing yet. However, with the right riding equipment, you will be able to avoid most accidents. As for the bicycle, this type of abuse is literally what it is made for. You can scratch the paint or break some turn signals, but they can take a few hits.

3. The practice of a double sport does not count as a physical exercise.

Driving my Honda PC800 certainly does not count as physical exercise. The bike carries me on the road, and since I don’t get caught in the bends, all I have to do is work on the controls. Off-road driving is completely different. You will be working a lot harder while standing and using your arms and legs as auxiliary shock absorbers. You’ll also shift your weight a bit, putting your low-speed driving skills to good use in a way you rarely need on the streets.

4. Mixed sports are expensive.

During a recent motorcycle party, I almost wiped my slime off a Honda Africa Twin. Starting at $ 13,599 is a lot of money to spend, especially if you are just starting out. The same way you don’t start riding a Kawasaki Ninja H2, you don’t start riding an Africa Twin. You start with a used and affordable drummer. I’ve found solid options like the Kawasaki KLR 650, Suzuki DR 650, and others in the $ 2,500 to $ 4,000 range. Sometimes they appear for less, but you have to be quick to hang them up and / or be handy with a wrench if it requires a bit of work. Either way, you don’t have to spend as much as you would for a car on a dual sport.

5. Dual sport cyclists hate the environment.

On the contrary, people who leave paved roads far behind do so because they love nature, and a dual sport motorcycle is the best way to take them further. He has less of an impact on the environment than even the most conscientious Jeep driver, simply because he weighs a lot less and has two fewer wheels. So many off-road trails have been closed due to litter and other shenanigans that dual sport riders tend to adopt their best behavior to avoid losing more.

6. The dual sport and off-road motorcycle is a competition.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a good race on gravel. However, most bisport riders are more interested in improving their own performance and ability, which is not necessarily related to speed. Sure, you can enjoy a little bit of speed and the occasional jumps in the dirt, but like a track day you can ride aggressively without having to beat your mates. There is no cheap checkered flag or plastic trophy waiting for you in the middle of nowhere.

7. You must be (insert qualifier here) to practice a dual sport.

The only requirement for riding a dual sport motorcycle is to mount one and ride. That’s it. Well past my prime for peak performance, but still working on trying it for the first time. I’m not in shape, filthy rich, a hooligan or any of the other common qualifiers people think it takes to hit the dirt. Like Zaphod Beeblebrox, I’m just that guy, you know? All it takes to ride a dual sport motorcycle is to ride one.

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