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Dual Sport Touring

Ward’s Dual-Sport Adventure Research and Trip Journal

   

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044 Riding Our Motorcycles to Lake McBride State Park

Once we get our motorcycles to Lake McBride, we end up talking about hiking, backpacking, and camping–specifically about retrofitting a truck or a van into a motel on wheels for our future trips to national parks.

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Yamaha TW200 vs. Suzuki DR-Z400S

Yesterday, I test drove the TW200. Took my son with me. He thought it looked cool (he’s 10). I thought, “This is the perfect family man’s bike.” The ride ergonomics were comfortable, and the bike had plenty of power. I got it up to about 40 mph, which it held that comfortably. I didn’t feel … Continue reading »

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Yamaha TW200

I used to ride with a guy who had one of these. Gary was just awesome. Wise. Mature. Hugely likable and practical fellow. I saw him recently and said I thought the DRZ 400 might be in my future. He said, “You think you need a 400?” I said, “Yeah.” He said, “Ok.” So yesterday, … Continue reading »

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Towing Motorcycles with a Car

A lot of people have the mistaken notion that cars shouldn’t be used to tow. Here’s the basic idea… Image via SouthBayRiders.com This is a Smart car towing a KTM XCR-W. This guy claimed to get 33 mpg while towing at an average speed of 65-70. The trailer looks to be an inexpensive, garden variety flatbed, … Continue reading »

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Death Valley Dual Sport Adventure – via Beatty, NV

Finally got with MotoSpeedy and moved the planning forward. Date: Feb 23 (Sat) – Mar 2 (Sat) Although April has potential for spring bloom, we both agreed the temperature was more important. Average February temperature should be mid-seventies. We will spend our time in Death Valley National Park, using Beatty, NV as our base camp. … Continue reading »

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Death Valley Adventure – Outfitter Call

Just spoke with AdMo-Tours by telephone and got a lot of helpful information. Q: What bikes do you rent for the Death Valley Adventure Tour?A: BMW 1200 GS or 800 GS. Q: Would a DR-Z 400 work?A: They use those for their 3-day Dual Sport Tour, but not on the 5-day Death Valley Tour. Q: … Continue reading »

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KTM 990 Adventure

The KTM 990 Adventure is vastly superior (off-road) to the GS, Tenere, Tiger Explorer, etc. Same problem with limited dealership network as BMW, although by my count 3 times better than BMW. I have always had a fondness for the KTM, and so I wanted to compare the weight to the XR650L and the DR-Z400S. … Continue reading »

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DR-Z400S

Time flies. Things change. In my twenties and early thirties, my buddies and I got together much more frequently to embark on motorcycle trips. Now, kids have come into the equation for all of us and changed our priorities. While we still fantasize about taking many hard-core adventures, our reality is that we rarely carve … Continue reading »

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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer

After visiting both BMW and Yamaha today, I’m going to add one more bike to the lineup of Dual Sport machines to consider. Triumph has recently introduced the Tiger Explorer, which seems a stiff and ballsy competitor to the GS, with more horsepower, similar weight, and considerably lower price. Better warranty than the Yamaha, and … Continue reading »

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