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best dual sport motorcycles

About Our Selections

These selections considered ease of use, rideability, price, and how effective each motorcycle was achieving the stated goal of its class. We are confident that any of these bikes will be superb options for most riders.

To us, a definition of a dual-sport includes a single cylinder engine, either water or air cooled, spoked wheels, off-road capable long travel suspension, and a bench seat instead of a saddle or sport seat. Optionally, windscreens, hand guards, bash plates, and the like can be included, especially for models that are in the adventure dual-sport sub-category, but they still must maintain the four basic components listed above.

2023 Kawasaki KLX300

If ever there was a "goldilocks" dual-sport, the KLX300 is it

2023 Honda CRF300L Rally

The dual-sport of choice for many adventure riders

2024 KTM 500 EXC-F

For when you want a seriously good off-road bike that is still street legal

2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure

A long time favorite of many backroad riders, updated into a new generation

2023 Suzuki DR-Z400S

It's barely been changed in over a decade, but if it ain't broke...

2023 Yamaha XT250

It doesn't need to be super powerful or even all that fast, as long as it just works, which the XT250 does

2023 Husqvarna FE350S

A hugely popular dual-sport in Europe because it takes what it has and makes it feel superb

2023 Honda XR650L

A super-light and quite tall dual-sport with some serious grunt for those days when you want to make your own path

Special Mention: 2023 Honda Trail 125

A mini-moto dual sport adventure bike that has been around, in one form or another, for decades