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Smaller dual sport bike options
« on: July 16, 2021, 10:20:13 am »
Hi

So... I'm playing with the idea of buying a smaller dual sport bike (roadworthy)

Budget is R35k

I like the Honda 250L, but I don't think I would be lucky enough with my budget in mind.

What similar options are out there? Not too old, I'm not a mechanic.

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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2021, 10:28:47 am »
Hi

So... I'm playing with the idea of buying a smaller dual sport bike (roadworthy)

Budget is R35k

A Honda 250L would be first prize, but I don't think I would be lucky enough with my budget in mind.

What similar options are out there? Not too old, I'm not a mechanic.

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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2021, 10:30:40 am »
Saw these two lovely DR200SE's in Ri's RR and got more intrigued with the idea

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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2021, 10:32:30 am »
Saw these two lovely DR200SE's in Ri's RR and got more intrigued with the idea
They are very reliable bikes  :thumleft: Even a Djebel version if you csn find one, nice extras like carrier rack etc
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2021, 10:51:27 am »
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2021, 10:56:04 am »
Saw these two lovely DR200SE's in Ri's RR and got more intrigued with the idea
They are very reliable bikes  :thumleft: Even a Djebel version if you csn find one, nice extras like carrier rack etc

Ek sien hulle sÍ "not for road use"  :patch:

https://suzukimotorcycle.co.za/bikes/agricultural-bikes/dr200se/


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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2021, 10:56:56 am »
Saw these two lovely DR200SE's in Ri's RR and got more intrigued with the idea

Eerder die 250 Djebel. Die 200 is baie pap. Goeie wwarde vir geld. Off 'n TR250 as jy een kan kry.
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2021, 11:03:20 am »
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2021, 11:07:08 am »
Hi

So... I'm playing with the idea of buying a smaller dual sport bike (roadworthy)

Budget is R35k

I like the Honda 250L, but I don't think I would be lucky enough with my budget in mind.

What similar options are out there? Not too old, I'm not a mechanic.
I've been dealing with the same issue for some time now too. I'm in KZN with good internet so I've been on Gumtree for a few days now combing the site.
I'm looking for something light and with decent power.
I had a friend look at an XR400R but the seller was asking a bit much considering the work that's needed on it.
I'm also looking at Dr250's and 350's.
As well as the mentioned TTR250
I'm more mechanically inclined than you have indicated, so my options are more... But still very little for sale.

I have even pondered getting a non road bike licensed. Been there done that and there must be loop holes to jump through.

Maybe best to wait it out till the right bike comes up for sale.

BTW, the CRF 250L 's I have seen have been up for 30 to 35K with about the same in milage. Sold quickly though

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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2021, 11:32:30 am »
Hero X PULSE 200.
R40K new.
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2021, 11:33:36 am »
Problem with the 250 grey bikes like the Djebels and Bajaís is that they are all 20 years plus now.
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2021, 11:44:07 am »
Hero X PULSE 200.
R40K new.
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Thats not half bad looking
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2021, 11:53:36 am »
I really liked my DR200. However they are R55K new.  Buying second hand results in riding a bike that is already a few years old and probably requiring a bit of attention if you are that way inclined.
I presume the Hero will have similar ability and characteristics and hopefully will be reliable in the long run.
I'd probably go for the Hero if I was in the market. I'm getting tired of spannering.
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2021, 11:59:32 am »
I have often thought along these lines, I had a X-Challenge drop into my lap/garage a couple of years back, and at 144kg, it was my Smaller/Lighter bike - compared to a 245kg GSA.....

Maybe look for something along these lines if you want "lighter" rather than "smaller"?

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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2021, 12:18:49 pm »
Problem with the 250 grey bikes like the Djebels and Bajaís is that they are all 20 years plus now.

True, but they age well. Mine is on 53000km and going strong. Service spares are non - issues and places like Startline stocks lots of spares.

Small bikes are massive fun and confidence inspiring.
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2021, 12:21:04 pm »
Hero X PULSE 200.
R40K new.

I wonder how it would compare to the Zontes 310adv
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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2021, 12:28:14 pm »
Looking at the specs, the pulse is 153 wet, which I wouldn't call light. Not too far off my DR650 of old.

The zones is a heavy piggy, although I don't have specs, that's just from sitting on one.
If you're looking at the zontes, you may as well be looking at the kawi 300x as well, similar bikes. Similarly not great offroad (I'm just picturing thick sand).
And both don't have cheap offerings on the second hand markets if you can find one.

Another issue with these new "cheaper" duel sport bikes, beyond their added weight over the older bikes mentioned, would be their comparatively horrible suspension.
Those old "top of the line" bikes had very good suspension for their day and still better than today's budget offerings.

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Re: Smaller dual sport bike options
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2021, 12:31:56 pm »
 :sip: I like smaller bikes
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