2018 Yamaha XT 250

The 2018 Yammy XT 250 gives you an entry-level bike for the street and a capable off-roader. Toss in a bit of retro styling too. The four-stroke 249cc single-cylinder gives you low-end zip right out of the hole. Plenty of trail debris can pass underneath the Yamaha XT 250 with 11.2 inches of ground clearance.


The XT 250 is ideal for smaller riders. The seat height is just 31.9 inches, so you don’t have to be a sasquatch or knuckle-dragger to sit comfortably in the seat.

2018 KTM 500 EXC-F

The 2018 KTM 500 EXC-F claims to be the strongest dual sport motorcycle in the world. That’s an important part of the equation because you don’t want to break down somewhere, but there’s more to the KTM 500 EXC-F than that. It’s extremely light at just 240.3 pounds (plus fuel), making it perhaps the lightest dual sport motorcycle around. Essentially, it’s a serious off-road race bike that’s street legal.

It can pose a problem for your typical street rider, though. With a 38-inch seat height, you need to be seriously tall to make it your daily rider. It’s a great motorcycle for tall riders though.

2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L

It’s easily one of the best dual sport motorcycles available today, and it’s finally back in North America after a hiatus. The 2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L is a large bike at 998cc, but you’ll find it handles steadier because of its parallel twin design. And despite its healthy 94 horsepower, it only weighs in at 511 pounds wet.


The seat is adjustable from 33.5 to 34.4 inches in height, accommodating different sizes of riders. It has a monster 9 inches of suspension travel for those high points on the trail. And for added comfort, choose between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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