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Could you possibly give some advice as to good dual sport motorcycles that are also affordable?
Affordability is subjective so I’m going to set the bar between $1000 and $2000. Unless you are buying from a trusted friend or a god damn wrench slinging genius I’d recommend not spending less than 1000 buckeroos. Ripping around on a $400 dualsport is fun but you will begin encountering problems - carb, electrical, gasket problems on old bikes can be a nightmare. There is a reason it is THAT cheap - hell the tires on that cheap bike are probably 25 years old and crazy dangerous so you’ll need to invest $200 bucks right away in new tubes and tires. So, watch the classifieds close. Look for older bikes from 1980 to 2000 with single owners - and the bike should be visibly well taken care of - engine is not covered in oil and grease, tank and frame aren’t scratched and dented. You are buying old, so the cleaner the bike the better - this indicates how well the owner took care of it. There is nothing wrong with beating the shit out of an old bike - it is fun - but just don’t buy THAT beat up bike. Personally, I’d recommend common and long standing production bikes - Yamaha XT, Honda XL or XR, suzuki DRZ, as parts will be easier to get. Just be patient and watch the classified for clean bikes with 1 or 2 owners. Make sure the bike has good compression and also make sure the electrical works (check all lights and horn) b/c it might be a pain for you to fix the electrical to get it registered and on the road. For reference, I paid between $1400 and $1600 for each of the bikes I own in these pictures. Cheers!