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Road Trail / Dual Purpose / Enduro... All the same?

Discussion in 'Adventure/Enduro' at netrider.net.au started by mr_sikma, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Hey,

    Whats the difference between a Road Trail, Dual Purpose and Enduro?

    Are they all basiacally the same or are some more aimed at dirt rather than road, and the other way round?



  2. In my limited experience.

    Road/Trail and Dual Purpose are similar in most regards although generally the Dual Purpose may well be larger and therefore heavier with a larger capacity motor (ie. most bikes called 'Dual Purpose are around 650cc and upwards with a few limited exceptions).

    Road/Trail tend to be smaller in capacity, lighter that a Dual Purpose but quite capable of the same work, although faster stuff could be stressing.

    Enduro is much harder core dirt. Many enduro bikes are sold purely for racing purposes and/or registered to allow the bike to be used on public roads during enduro events (CRF450R for example). An enduro bike will be lighter (substantially), more maintenence heavy (often in terms of hours usage) but will in the right circumstances be heaps of fun.

    Others may well jump in with additional or totally different answers to refute my thoughts but the above are only my experiences

  3. Road trail and dual purpose bikes are what the name suggests. And the same for enduro. Hard to believe I know.
    True enduro bikes are pretty hard core single purpose dirt bikes made for racing enduros. Funny that. Basically Moto X bikes with lights and blinkers and wider spaced gear ratios to cope with the wide range of terrain covered. All off road.
    Road trail and dual purpose bikes are more for quietly cruising down dirt/gravel roads and some leisurely trail riding. Not competition focused in any way, shape or form. And commuting to work and back during the week. Relaxed cruising is something they are commonly used for as well as you can take the roads less travelled and not get stressed when it turns to gravel or dirt. The longer travel suspension actually works pretty well on the average aussie bumpy potholed backroad and they can actually be hustled along rather quickly in the tighter twisties. Nice and comfy also.
    Hope this helps a bit :) :)
  4. It's worth knowing that these labels are used *very* inconsistently and inaccurately on the various bike sales web sites, so you should cast the net wide and check under all of those categories if you're looking for pretty much anything but a road bike.
  5. Don't forget the super-heavyweight 'adventure tourer' bikes, too, which tend to vary from:

    * Long-range-tourer that's at home on the road and semi-capable offroad if you don't mind wrestling a 200+kg top-heavy bike.


    * Long-range-tourer that's at home on the road and not really any good offroad aside from being quite comfortable on gravel and dirt fireroads.

    (And the Tiger 1050 and Multistrada, which gave up their vestigial semi-knobbly tyres and big offroad wheel diameters to specialise in on-road all-roads sportstouring)
  6. Roarin got it right.
  7. thanks for the reply guys...

    road trail it will be for me then!!!
  8. on a side note, many of the 'enduro' bikes become road/trail a few years latter as the new models come out, the TTr250 was enduro, then over th years road/trail, and now soem see it as the Ag bike due to the Ag bike market changing..

    there is also the super cool :) enduro / motard models, just a swap of the rims!!!
  9. ...doing it in the dirt..and able to use any road to get there.
    its all good. :wink:
  10. Forget the irrelevant names that the manufacturers give their bikes.

    Decide what you want to do with the bike, then go from there. Remember that a bike that does it all, will be a compromise in all scenarios.
  11. Sorry to dig up the thread guys, but got a question that I havn't yet found an answer to. In comparison to a pure road bike, what is the maintanance/life of the road registerable trail bikes (all 3)?

    Thanks guys,
  12. Dualsport bikes are probably the same maintinance wise depending on how you use it. If you ride dirt roads you will clean, chain, filter, some pivot ponts and hose it off every ride. I dont know how long the intervals are on the BMW yet because the bike will tell me when it needs a service.
    Im actually suprised how well the BMW does, its one of those compromise bikes but it does everything so well you dont even notice it.
  13. kinda depends on the bike, service intervals
    nearly all the road trails (ttr, klx, xr, xt, dr, drz, etc) have service every 6,000kms, as for the life, well so far the TTR250 has 79,000kms on it, 1x rebuildm the drz400, 10months old, 30,000kms, full engine re-build, KLX650 32,000kms rebuild,
    on a semi side note a lot of info on ADVRider web sire.. in the thumpers section..

    cheers al
  14. i may be a freak of some type..
    but i enjoy working on my bikes as much as taking em out and getting em dirty and/or forken em up.
    thats what is all about i reckon..
    and if its not forked..thats another story...