SO WHAT SHOULD YOU BUY?
To answer this question, here’s a quick dual-sport buying guide.
If you spend your weekends doing off-road riding but need to commute on your bike during the week, look for a dual-purpose bike.
If you need a bike with which you can cross the continent without being fazed by bad or even non-existent roads, an adventure bike will do the trick.
If you want to tour comfortably mostly on tar roads but be able to explore the odd dirt road or cattle track, consider an adventure tourer.
And finally, if you like the macho look of adventure bikes but don’t want to sacrifice too much in terms of performance and handling, go straight to the adventure sport department at the dealership.
As you can see, your intended use is the best guide when deciding on which bike to buy.
Dualies are true multi-purpose machines — regardless of what you settle on, you are likely to find that your bike will be able to handle almost anything you throw at it.