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Find the perfect match in dual-sport bikes
JOHANNESBURG — In a previous article we looked at the main categories into which most road bikes fall, but the division goes further than the six categories we mentioned — each of those can be divided further.
In this article we look at the dual-sport category and examine its subdivisions.
Dual-sport motorcycles are street-legal bikes that are designed for both on- and off-road use. These bikes are equipped with street-legal equipment such as lights, indicators, a speedometer, mirrors and a numberplate mounting so that they can be registered and licensed for road use.
In the early days of motorcycling, tar roads were few and far between, so in essence all early bikes were dualies. Since the 1940s tar has become more common, and bikes gradually became heavier and faster to take advantage of the better road surfaces.
Today’s dualies have come fullcircle by being equally adept on highways and dirt roads.
Four main categories
However, the bike industry is effectively a game of one-upmanship and in an attempt to offer something different from what the competition sells, manufacturers have evolved dualies into several sub-categories.
Let’s look at the four main subcategories: 1. Dual-purpose bikes — off-road-capable bikes with some on-road prowess. 2. Adventure bikes — long-distance bikes that are an even mix of on- and off-road capability. 3. Adventure tourers — which emphasise long-distance comfort. 4. Adventure sport bikes — bikes that combine superbike-esque performance with high ground clearance and rugged looks.