While having a kitted out off-road motorcycle is certainly the stuff of dreams, they aren’t incredibly versatile and many riders prefer dual-sport motorcycles instead. Designed to thrive in both the street riding and off-road environments, this list of the best dual-sport motorcycles for 2019 will have you all revved up to make your next purchase!
This is the motorcycle Honda fans have been dreaming of for many years. The CRF450L was heavily influenced by the CRF450X competition trail motorcycle and packs a serious punch in the dual-sport category.
With 37.9hp and 26.9 lb-ft. of torque, the CRF450L also offers a fully-adjustable Showa suspension allowing the rider to personalise it to their liking, and 12.4” of ground clearance. The CRF450L certainly isn’t the cheapest dual-sport motorcycle on the market, but it’s worth every penny.
Husqvarna FE Line
Consisting of 250, 350, 450, and 501 offerings, the Husqvarna FE range all makes use of the same set combination of WP fork and shock.
Equipped with Magura braking and hydraulic clutch components, the FE line offers a lightweight composite subframe and since production has been overseen by parent company KTM, this white bike offers just as much as it’s orange siblings.
Currently Kawasaki’s biggest dual-sport offering since the departure of the Kawasaki KLR650, the KLX250 offers 10” of travel in the front, 9.1” in the rear, and 11.2” of ground clearance. With an engine displacement of 250cc, the KLX250 is perfect for bingo Australia fans and those looking for a happy medium between off-road and street styling or those new to riding.
Not only is the KLX250 perfect for on- and off-roading, but it is also incredibly affordable.
KTM EXC-F Line
KTM is the brand most riders associate with off-roading – and for good reason. With the longest streak of off-road championships on this list, KTM has put everything they know about off-roading into creating a solid line of dual-sport offerings.
Available in 250, 350, 450 Dix Days, and 500cc options, the WP 48 XPLOR fork and PDS XPLOR shock makes for a comfortable and thrilling ride, while the Brembo braking and hydraulic clutch components deliver a light pull.
Suzuki DR-Z 400 S
First released in 2000, the DR-Z 400 S has undergone minimal changes since its inception, making it one of the most time-tested dual-sport motorcycles currently available.
With an engine displacement of 398cc, the DR-Z 400 S offers enough power for both highway riding and cruising off-road and with 11.8” inches of ground clearance, you’ll be happy and comfortable doing both.
Described as the most formidable of all 250cc dual-sport motorcycles, the Yamaha WR250R was developed from Yamaha’s YZ moto-crossers and WR off-road lines to great success.
With a fully adjustable fork which offers 10.6” of travel and linkage-mounted shock which provides the same, the WR250R also offers an aluminium semi-double cradle-chassis and narrow rider ergonomics. Even better is that the Yamaha WR250R won’t break the bank and still offers plenty of versatility and fun.