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Updated September 1, 2023 by Simon Bertram

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These are the best dual-sport bikes, in our opinion, for 2023:

  • Kawasaki KLX300

  • Honda CRF300L Rally

  • KTM 500 EXC-F

  • Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure

  • Suzuki DR-Z400S

  • Yamaha XT250

  • Husqvarna FE350S

  • Honda XR650L

  • Special Mention: Honda Trail 125

Dual-sport motorcycles represent a special place in the world of riding. Dirt bikes are, for some, the first bikes that they have any experience on, but want to get their full motorcycle license when they come of age. For others, they might want to learn how to ride on dirt, but also want to be able to commute and still ride on the street. It used to be that you'd need two entirely different bikes, then dual-sports came along and offered an inviting hand to either side.

Nowadays, dual-sport bikes are some of the most popular models after sportbikes and cruisers, and it isn't all that rare to see a tall, spoke-wheeled bike with a thumping single cylinder engine on your daily commute or even just around town. There are some that are more road-oriented than others, while there are some dual-sports that are street legal solely for the reason of letting the owner ride to the trail, attack the trail/off-road area, then ride home, without needing to buy a bike trailer for their car.

No matter the aim of the bike, however, dual-sports are here to stay, and we put our heads together to agree on what we think are the best models out there for 2023.

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

Why We Picked It:

The Kawasaki KLX300 is just about perfect in the most important ways. It is less rowdy than a Suzuki DR-Z, has better suspension than a Honda CRF, and has as much power as a KTM without you needing to take out a second mortgage on your home. It is not a bike you take to enduro competitions, nor is it the greatest pathfinder adventure bike out there.

What the KLX300 does do right, however, is be the best dirt-oriented trail bike that is also road legal on the planet. It has a frugal 292cc single that puts out a decent 30 HP and 21 lbs-ft of torque, and weighs just enough at 302 lbs that that power doesn't feel anemic nor too much.

If you're looking for a dual-sport to add to your stable, or even looking for a great beginner bike that is a dual-sport, Kawasaki has you covered. As well, being a Kawasaki, it has just about every bell and whistle you could want as standard, and sells at an insanely affordable price. We call it the Goldilocks dual-sport, because it's "just right" in power, torque, performance, road manners, dirt capability, and price.


  • Price: $5,899

  • Engine: 292cc air-cooled four-stroke single

  • Power: 33 HP

  • Torque: 21lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 302 lbs


  • Perhaps the best intentionally dual-sport bike in the world. Balances exceptional road manners with sheer off-road trail capabilities

  • Feels "just right," which is why many riders refer to it as a Goldilocks dual-sport. Not too powerful, not too weak either, durable, reliable, affordable. Just right.

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2023 Honda CRF300L Rally

The dual-sport of choice for many adventure riders

Why We Picked It:

While the CRF300L is a great dual-sport bike, the Rally model is the one we selected for this year's list. Both are powered by the same 286cc single that puts out 27 HP and 19.6 lbs-ft of torque.

What makes the Rally our choice is that it comes with more standard equipment, as well as is a bit more friendlier with its road manners. You get an adventure-style windshield with a high GPS mounting bracket behind it, handguards, a full bash plate under the engine, and a much larger fuel tank at 3.4 gallons, instead of the 2.1 gallon tank on the non-Rally variant, with the curb weight only increasing to 331 lbs over 306 lbs with all the added kit.

The Rally has also rapidly gained a reputation for being almost unkillable, as it is inspired by Honda's Dakar Rally bikes. As long as it is decently maintained, it will just keep on going, being comfortable on the road as well as a capable of traversing even the most challenging of terrain. If you plan on any kind of adventure riding, then this is perhaps the bike for you.


  • Price: $6,149

  • Engine: 286cc four-stroke single

  • Power: 27 HP

  • Torque: 19.6 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 306 lbs


  • As reliable as a wood burning stove, and just about as unkillable. There are videos and testimonials out there about putting 50k to 70k miles on the CRF300L Rally, and the only thing going wrong is a fork seal started to leak

  • Long distance fuel tank over the standard model, and set up is inspired by the Honda Dakar Rally competition bikes with a GPS/Route map bar, handguards, bash plate, and the like.

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2024 KTM 500 EXC-F

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

Why We Picked It:

Let's not beat around the bush here at all: The KTM 500 EXC-F is primarily an off-road bike. It has massive ground clearance, the exhaust is tucked way up high, there is a support brace under the engine, and it has WP Xplor shocks front and rear that have travel you'd expect from a supercross bike, at 11.8 inches front and 12.2 inches rear.

Yet, it still has a headlight, tail light, indicators, and a license plate holder, so you can take this dirt-shredding beast on the tarmac. Powered by a 510.9cc single, it puts out a meaty 40.5 HP and 28.6 lbs-ft of torque, in a bike that weights a scant 255 lbs.

Due to its specs, it is about as agile and fast as a supercross bike as well, and even KTM's promotional material has it leaping tens of feet in the air off of the crest of a hill. This is a bike that loves being in the dirt, and we think that it's a dual-sport only in the sense that you'd ride it on the road to get to the trail or off-road area you have planned to go exploring along.



  • What you get when you take a KTM SuperCross bike and make it road legal. It can be driven on pavement, but it wants to be in the dirt

  • Not particularly comfortable on the roads. There are some road-going options like traction control and different engine maps to make it tamer, but KTM is expecting you to be standing on the pegs more than sitting on the seat

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2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure

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

Why We Picked It:

The old KLR650 from Kawasaki was much beloved, an affordable adventure bike that was as reliable as a wood burning stove and could be dropped off a cliff and the only damage would be a scuff on the plastic fairings.

After a few years away from the market, the KLR650 made its return in 2022, updated with a new engine, a new frame, and several variants. Of those variants, we would pick the KLR650 Adventure, as it is the most utilitarian of the four. It has the most road-oriented suspension and setup of the four, but can still mix it up just as well as its brethren when the pavement ends and the dirt begins. What sells us on it is the inclusion of side cases, fog lamps, frame sliders, tank pad, and a DC socket that can be optioned into a USB socket, whatever you need to power a GPS unit or heated gear for riding in the colder climates.

It carries a 652cc single in its frame, which provides 40 HP and 39.1 lbs-ft of torque, with a weight of 460.6 lbs. This may not sound like much, but the KLR650's entire mission is to be a mule, carrying a lot of weight on its back, including the rider, and still be able to traverse pretty much any terrain. It will still happily ride along the freeway, but where it truly belongs is out there on a trail, kicking up dust and taking you to new places away from any roads.


  • Price: $7,899 (No ABS) / $8,199 (ABS)

  • Engine: 652cc air-cooled four-stroke single

  • Power: 40 HP

  • Torque: 39 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 456 lbs


  • Four variants of the KLR exist: KLR650 (base model), KLR650S (more road-oriented model), KLR650 Travel (touring version of the 650S), and the KLR650 Adventure (meant for long-distance adventure riding off road)

  • Being a Kawasaki, is absolutely jammed to the brim with all the bells and whistles you'd want, then put on sale for a spectacularly affordable price, literally half of what many ADVs with the same amount of kit cost

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2023 Suzuki DR-Z400S

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

Why We Picked It:

The Suzuki DR-Z400S has been around, in one form or another, for over 20 years now. It has steadfastly not evolved with the times, as it has never had reason to. It is so "old," in fact, that it is one of the very few bikes you can buy new off the showroom floor that still has a carburetor.

Yet, year after year, decade after decade, it constantly wins the votes of riders that consider it one of the greatest dual-sport bikes of all time, let alone adventure bikes of all time. It is insanely reliable, an absolute tank in terms of the pummeling it can take, and can be fixed with a few curse words and a hammer in most cases.

It does require a bit more wrenching on than your standard dual-sport, as you need to keep the carburetor in the right zone to get the most power, but even that is adjustable with a screwdriver and no complicated tools. A 398cc single with 33 HP and 25.6 lbs-ft of torque, it will just as happily commute you down the freeway as it will launch you off the crest of the hill you just powered up, whooping as you catch some serious air. There is also a SuperMoto version, the DR-Z400SM, for those that want to get their hooligan on, but that one isn't really a dual sport so we can't include it in this list!


  • Price: $7,099

  • Engine: 398cc four-stroke single

  • Power: 33.4 HP

  • Torque: 25.6 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 317 lbs


  • Built like a tank, is as durable as a tank, and is about as easy to service as a tank as well. Hammer, screwdriver, a few curse words, it's fixed

  • Has a SuperMoto version, so you know that even the dual sport can be a bit of a hooligan. One of the reasons that it's so popular is just because of how much fun it is to ride.

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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

Why We Picked It:

The Yamaha XT250 is not the most powerful, or fastest, or most expensive, or pretty much any other metric bike on this list, and that's not a bad thing. It is even air-cooled, in a world of water-cooled bikes. So why is it on our list?

The simple answer is that it just works. It has 11 inches of suspension travel, yet has an approachable 32 inch seat height. It has 19 HP and 14 lbs-ft of torque from its 249cc single, which sounds anemic but somehow feels about twice as powerful when riding it. It weighs 291 lbs soaking wet with a brick tied to the seat, but it is astonishingly flickable and will carve out a rooster tail of dirt as you slide it around a bend in the trail.

The XT250 is here because it is the big brother to the best trail bike money can buy, the TT-R230. It is here because it has very little that can go wrong on it, and can take a pounding and come back the next day asking to go out again on the same bumpy, rocky trail with a grin on its face. As said above: It just works, and has for ages, and will keep working next year, and the year after, and the year after that...


  • Price: $5,299

  • Engine: 249cc air-cooled four-stroke single

  • Power: 19 HP

  • Torque: 14 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 291 lbs


  • Agile and versatile, happy to swing the tail out off-road but be planted and sure on-road

  • The dual-sport version of the best trail bike out there, the TT-R230, so it has all the poised, power, and precision of a Yamaha trail bike for the road.

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2023 Husqvarna FE350S

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

Why We Picked It:

Yes, it is a KTM 350cc dual sport underneath, but the Swedes have their own way of interpreting the rules. Because of that, the FE350S has the light, agile, and versatile feel of a 250cc class bike, with a power to weight ration approaching that of a 450cc bike, but at the price of a 350cc bike.

It is immensely comfortable as well, replacing the KTM style wooden plank of a seat with a bench-style seat that actually has padding in it, gasp and shocked expression! It also borrows KTM's WP suspension, but dials down the stiffness a touch, making it ride beautifully on the road, but also able to soak up any bump, rock, branch, or other obstacle off road.

The only part of the bike that hasn't changed from its KTM roots is its price. It is a superb dual-sport, one of the best you can buy, but it's expensive as hell at $11,999 for 2023. Yet, if you desire something that has a 350cc single that pumps out a mighty 45 HP and 21.8 lbs-ft of torque, weights 259 lbs, and goes like its been shot, then you won't find a better dual-sport this side of an ADV bike.


  • Price: $11,999

  • Engine: 250cc four-stroke single

  • Power: 45 HP

  • Torque: 21.8 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 259 lbs


  • One of the most powerful 350cc class dual-sports available. Gives it enough power to feel like a 450 but handle like a 250

  • Surprisingly comfortable on and off the road as it takes the KTM formula and "Swedenizes" it in the best ways possible

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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

Why We Picked It:

The Honda XR650L is one of those enigmas of a bike that exist, yet we can't put on finger on just why it does. We simply accept the fact that it exists, and celebrate it. It is not the most powerful bike, at 40 HP from its 644cc single, but it is one hell of a tractor with almost 50 lbs-ft of torque.

Its seat is also up in the stratosphere at 37 inches, and it has just under a foot of travel in both the front and rear Showa suspension. What makes the bike great, however, is that it weights a scant 346 lbs, which is a featherweight in the 650cc range of bikes.

The XR tag on a Honda bike is not one applied lightly, as it means that the bike is as close to a perfect cross-country bike as they can make it. The far more common CRF ("Close-Ratio Four-stroke") is applied to most models that are dual-sports, but the XR650L is truly a full-on, pavement-pounding, dirt-churning, path-finding adventure dual-sport.

On top of all that, it's also screamingly affordable, and like most air-cooled dual-sports, if you have some bad language and a hammer, you can fix most of the things that may need "adjustment" in the field.


  • Price: $6,999

  • Engine: 644cc air-cooled four-stroke single

  • Power: 40 HP

  • Torque: 49 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

  • Curb Weight: 346 lbs


  • Surprisingly agile for how high the bike sits

  • Carries the rare XR cross-country tag for a dual sport, meaning it's about as good as Honda can make it for both the road and the dirt

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Special Mention: 2023 Honda Trail 125

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

Why We Picked It:

The Honda Trail 125 isn't technically a dual-sport, which is why we are giving it an honorable mentions. It is a miniature ADV, and a beloved one at that, as the Trail name has been around since just a few years after the Super Cub when the first Trail 90 came out in the 1960s.

It might seem hilariously tiny compared to the bikes on this list with over a foot of ground clearance, or suspension travel of 11 or more inches, yet this little tractor of a bike is astonishingly capable. It is powered by the same 123.9cc single from the 2023 Super Cub, with 9.7 HP and 7.7 lbs-ft, but it also weighs next to nothing at 256 lbs, and has a decent seat height at 31.5 inches.

What truly impresses is that it can haul up to 400 lbs of load, including the rider, without issue. It comes with ABS, disc brakes, fuel injection, LED lighting all around, and even has a long-distance tank at 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons). That sounds tiny, but the Trail 125 is extremely efficient, and gets a rated 115 MPG, even at wide open throttle. It isn't going to set any land speed records, but it's not meant to. It is staying true to the original intention of the very first Trail in the 60s: Take the reliable and gutsy Super Cub engine, and let people explore off-road with it.


  • Price: $93,999

  • Engine: 123.9cc air-cooled four-stroke single

  • Power: 9.7 HP

  • Torque: 7.7 lbs-ft

  • Transmission: 4 Speed Semi-Automatic

  • Curb Weight: 256 lbs


  • A tiny ADV that is a sheer tractor in getting through the tough and tumble of off-road fun

  • One of Honda's miniMOTO lineup, meaning it's hilariously fun to ride without making your wallet feel too much strain

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What is the best dual sport motorcycle for the money? ›

  • Best beginner/light/low dual sport for the money: Yamaha XT225.
  • Best 50-50 (50 road, 50 dirt) dual sport for the money: Honda XR650L.
  • Best 60-40 (60 road, 40 dirt) dual sport for the money: Kawasaki KLR 650.
  • Best 40-60 (40 road, 60 dirt) dual sport for the money: Suzuki DRZ 400.

How many miles is a lot for a dual sport motorcycle? ›

Average Lifespan of Different Types of Motorcycles
Motorcycle TypeEstimated Miles Before Major Repairs
Sport Bike25,000 – 50,000 miles
Touring Bike75,000 – 150,000 miles
Dual-Sport/Adventure Bike50,000 – 100,000 miles
Scooter20,000 – 40,000 miles
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Which is the king of adventure bikes? ›

BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

The BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is the king of the adventure bike segment. It is designed to ride across the world with roads or no roads.

Is dual sport bike good for long distance? ›

Dual sport motorcycles are also a great supplemental bike. Keep one model for long road trips, for racing, or for other hyper-specific riding activities. Use the dual sport motorcycle for all other city and nature rides.

How many miles is too much when buying a used motorcycle? ›

Generally, high mileage on a motorcycle is anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 miles. For sport bikes, the high mileage number will be on the low end (usually around 25,000), while cruisers and touring bikes typically become high mileage in the 40,000- to the 50,000-mile range.

What are the advantages of a dual sport motorcycle? ›

The main advantage of a Dual Sport motorcycle is its lightweight and agility off-road. Dual Sport bikes are also designed for excellent off-road durability. The bikes are less likely to get damaged when crashed and are easy to pick up after falling because they are light.

Which is the best bike for long rides? ›

Top 10 Bikes for Long Rides in India 2024
Sr. No.Long Ride BikesEx-showroom Price (in Delhi)
1KTM 390 Adventure₹ 3,18,000
2Honda CB500X₹ 6,87,000
3Suzuki V-Storm 650XT₹ 8,84,000
4Kawasaki Versys 1000₹ 12,19,000
5 more rows

Who is the king of all bikes? ›


What is the difference between dual sport and adventure bikes? ›

Simply stated, in our estimation a dual sport motorcycle is basically a dirt bike for the street, whereas an adventure bike is basically a road bike for the dirt. The overall design and styling cues of each usually lend themselves to identifying the bike type.

What are dual sport bikes called? ›

A dual-sport motorcycle is a type of street-legal motorcycle that is designed for both on and off-road use. The terms all-road, on/off-road, and dual-purpose are also used for this class of motorcycles.

Does Yamaha have a dual sport bike? ›

About Yamaha Dual Sport Motorcycles

The WR250R is a pretty off-road capable model that features fuel injection. The Yamaha XT250 is a more entry level bike with an aid cooled engine and electric start.

What is the most comfortable motorcycle type? ›

Cruisers are known for being comfortable, varietal, and popular. Top cruiser brands include Harley-Davidson, Indian, and most metric manufacturers (like Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kawasaki). Typically cruisers are heavier bikes, with resulting lower power to weight ratios, and a focus on comfort and low-end torque.

Which is the most economical motorcycle? ›

Breakdown: Most Fuel-Efficient Motorcycle Models
  • Suzuki GSX250R ABS (70-80 MPG)
  • Honda CB300R ABS (70-75 MPG)
  • Kawasaki Versys®-X 300 (60+ MPG)
  • Honda CBR500R (70-80 MPG)
  • Royal Enfield Classic 350 (75–80 MPG)
  • Suzuki DL650 V-Strom (65-80 MPG)
  • Honda NC750X (60-70 MPG)
  • BMW F 800 GS (50-65 MPG)
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