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How About a Dual Sport?

A small spec comparison of the GW250 vs some of the leading dual sports...

GW250



MSRP: $3,999

248cc Liquid Cooled 4-Stroke SOHC Twin
Bore x Stroke: 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm

Front Suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Suspension: Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped
Front Brakes: Disc
Rear Brakes: Disc

Fuel Capacity: 3.5 gallons
Fuel Economy: ???
Weight: 403 lbs

DR200SE



MSRP: $4,199

199cc Air Cooled OHC 4 Stroke Single
Bore x Stroke: 66.0 mm x 58.2 mm

Front Suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front Brakes: Disc brake
Rear Brakes: Drum brake

Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
Fuel Economy: ???
Weight: 278 lbs

WR250R



MSRP: $6,690

250cc DOHC 4-Stroke
Bore x Stroke: 77.0 x 53.6mm

Front Suspension: Inverted fork; fully adjustable, 10.6-in travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock; fully adjustable, 10.6-in travel
Front Brakes: Hydraulic single-disc brake, 250mm
Rear Brakes: Hydraulic single-disc brake, 230mm

Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gallons
Fuel Economy: 71 mpg
Weight: 295 lb

CRF250L



MSRP: $4,999

249.6cc Liquid Cooled Single 4-Stroke
Bore x Stroke: 76mm x 55mm

Front Suspension: 43mm inverted fork, 8.7 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock with spring, 9.4 inches travel
Front Brake: Single 256mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc

Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gallons
Fuel Economy: 73 mpg
Weight: 320 lbs
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The GW is a pig! 400 LBS +
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There are other things to consider. Those knobby tires work good in the rough but are just plain rough on the road{I know it's a bad pun}. Seat heights on the enduros are also much taller than the GW. This is the biggest reason why I don't want a "dirt" bike for daily road use. I would also hate having a 2 gallon gas tank! Of coarse you could take out to the sand dunes on the weekend.
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It's more for people who go off-road or just like the whole off-road theme. I rather just have a typical road bike like the GW.
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i've always like the crf250l

been looking for a used one now for some time
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There are other things to consider. Those knobby tires work good in the rough but are just plain rough on the road{I know it's a bad pun}. Seat heights on the enduros are also much taller than the GW. This is the biggest reason why I don't want a "dirt" bike for daily road use. I would also hate having a 2 gallon gas tank! Of coarse you could take out to the sand dunes on the weekend.
thats a good point on the tires speed, however I've seen plenty of guys do the super motard thing with slicks on a dual sport. Kinda like the Hypermotard from Ducati

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thats a good point on the tires speed, however I've seen plenty of guys do the super motard thing with slicks on a dual sport. Kinda like the Hypermotard from Ducati
Yes but that would be an added expense to do when first buying. If you really use the bike for both on and off paved roads then an enduro makes sense{even if the off road part is only 20%}. For me I might go up a gravel road once or twice a year so it makes no sense at all.
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Yes but that would be an added expense to do when first buying. If you really use the bike for both on and off paved roads then an enduro makes sense{even if the off road part is only 20%}. For me I might go up a gravel road once or twice a year so it makes no sense at all.
I hear you, all dependent on use cases absolutely. This is all started last week when i went to the local shop to try and have a sit on GW (which my local still did not have, he said hopefully end of the month ) but they did have a DR200SE which kinda got me thinking.

I mean the DR is only $200 more than GW250, say another $2-300 for new shoes, it is a tantalizing prospect to me at least. See i live downtown and would use the bike for commuting so the nimbler the better, plus because of my use the small cap gas tank doesn't really bother me

but again to each their own...
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I totally get you. I have looked at and sat on the Yamaha TW200 the dealer had and thought hard about getting it. Of coarse it isn't quite as big in engine capacity but big enough for me. The seat on it isn't as high as other dirt bikes so that wasn't a problem. BUT I couldn't get past paying 2013{it was last year}prices for a 1980s style/technology bike{it came out in 1987}.
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I totally get you. I have looked at and sat on the Yamaha TW200 the dealer had and thought hard about getting it. Of coarse it isn't quite as big in engine capacity but big enough for me. The seat on it isn't as high as other dirt bikes so that wasn't a problem. BUT I couldn't get past paying 2013{it was last year}prices for a 1980s style/technology bike{it came out in 1987}.
yea thats basically the same thought process I had when stongly considering the TU250, great looking bike with plenty of potential but I just couldnt get past the fact that they wanted more for the TU250 despite it being air cooled single with drums in the rear...

And see its not that I don't want the GW250, it fits all my functional needs just right but I'm having trouble falling in love with how she looks. Now a big part of that I think is that I still have not seen an Inazuma in person...
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