When choosing a motorcycle to move on to, motorcyclists often think of an upgrade in engine displacement. This can often mean moving from a smaller displacement to a larger displacement motorcycle—which, coincidentally, often implies higher prices too. However, upgrades don’t necessarily have to be about displacement, nor do they have to be about price; they can simply be about elevating the experience on two wheels. Dual-sport motorcycles do just this, and are considered to be some of the most fun motorcycles you can get below 250cc given all the different things you can do with a dual-sport. If you’re about to purchase your next motorcycle, dual-sports should definitely be on your list—and here’s why they should be.
Dual-sports are built to go anywhere and do anything. They can easily commute through dense urban traffic due to their manageable weight and slim body profile. Dual-sports can also take on long touring rides due to the relaxed ergonomics and available luggage options, and can easily tackle off-road trails due to the wheel and suspension design. Owners can also change up the wheels and go for a supermoto set in case you’re feeling a little bit sporty and would like to carve up the twisties. Because of the flexible capability of a dual-sport motorcycle, many new opportunities on two wheels can be enjoyed. If you’re looking to diversify your two-wheeled experiences, a dual-sport motorcycle grants this with ease.
Because dual-sport motorcycles are built to do it all, they’re often built with minimalism and simplicity in mind. As such, dual-sport motorcycles are very barebones machines which don’t often come with fancy electronics and fragile parts. This results in a motorcycle that is incredibly low maintenance. Many dual-sport motorcycles have oil change intervals of a few thousand kilometers and often don’t require an oil filter replacement. They also seldom break down due to the simple design of the componentry and engine. With fewer things to worry about, riders can instead focus on the journey ahead and simply enjoy the freeing experience of being on a machine that can do it all.
If you’re the type of rider who enjoys tailor-fitting a motorcycle to your own needs, you will be happy to learn about the expanse of the aftermarket support for dual-sport motorcycles: hand guards, handlebars, handlebar risers, rugged mirrors, footpegs, touring seats, luggage options, LED headlight options, a wide variety of tires, tubeless rim options, supermoto wheel sets, and so much more. Finding the right kind of accessory to suit your desired riding style will be enjoyable given the amount of options available to the dual-sport community—and makes for a strong case to purchase a dual-sport as your next motorcycle.
The last and possibly most important reason to buy a dual-sport is the price. Because many dual-sport motorcycles come in the 150cc to 250cc class of motorcycles, purchasing a capable machine won’t break the bank in ways that bigger displacement bikes would. The Yamaha XTZ 125 comes in at a friendly P84,900, while the Honda CRF150L is priced at just P134,900. As such, upgrading your experience on two wheels doesn’t have to be extra expensive—your humble dual-sport won’t break the bank and will surely be your ticket to a freeing experience on two wheels.