What's more fun, street riding or dirt riding?

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I did a search on this and couldn't find anything in the first 4 pages, so...

For those of you who ride on street and dirt, which type of riding is more fun for you and why? I know this group is likely biased, but I'm curious anyway.

I've always thought that street riding was more dangerous because of the morons coming at you in their 2-ton missiles, but a buddy started street riding last year and loves it. Now I wonder if I'm missing out.

I'm asking because I'm torn between getting a street bike and keeping my KDX200, or just upgrading from my KDX200 and staying off the street. I can do one, or the other, but not both. My wife thinks both plans are bad. :)

Thanks!
 

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I used to ride both. I'm strictly dirt now. Contrary to popular belief, trees and boulders don't jump out at you like some lady doing her makup in a Volvo.
 

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Why not get a dual-sport? I'm afraid of idiot drivers so I stay off-road. I have friends who do both and say dirt is more exciting. I have tossed around the idea of a street legal KTM or XR, but I love my CRF and couldn't put her out like that. Maybe if I hit the lotto so I can have both!
 
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Papakeith said:
I used to ride both. I'm strictly dirt now. Contrary to popular belief, trees and boulders don't jump out at you like some lady doing her makup in a Volvo.
:)

Yea, I have ridden my dads Harley a couple of times and it scares the heck out of me knowing that someone not paying attention could obliterate me.
 
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Dual sport is the way of the future. Don't fight it. Sell the kdx and pick up a klx250s. Best of both worlds, woohoo!

For the record, I prefer the dirt, but since getting a career, a wife, a mortgage, some kids, and all that goes along with it, I just don't have time to load gear, drive to a riding area, unload, ride, pack everything back up, drive home, unload all the gear, wash the bike, etc, etc that I used to, so I bought a KLR. I ride it to work daily, and it is the best load-it-up-with-camping-gear-for-a-weekend-of-trail-riding bike I can think of. It's a pig in the tight, rough stuff, but it does two-track trails like no other. The little 250 doesn't do the highway as well as my big bike, but they are awesome in the woods and street legal to boot.

Truth be told, though, I am missing my old yz. I've been thinking of picking up a WR450 and plating it for d/s.
 
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Papakeith said:
I used to ride both. I'm strictly dirt now. Contrary to popular belief, trees and boulders don't jump out at you like some lady doing her makup in a Volvo.
Or some nutjob in his pickup who needs to show off his Y chromosome.

I own a small dualsport and a small dirtbike. I find it hard to get away to ride dirt. It makes me a little nutty and edgy. Even if I have the time, guilt keeps me home. A bigger dirtbike that I still couldn't get away to ride would just make me crazier.

It's a lot easier all around to just step out the door and ride on the street. So, I ride the dualsport. The family is happy because I am riding and not unbareable to be around, but not gone for half a day or more to places they have no clue as to the location of. I'm happy because at least I'm riding... even if not improving my dirt handling skills. It keeps me sane.

However, I'd vote against you getting a dualsport to satisfy your road yen. My recommendation would be to keep your kdx200 and buy a street bike for the job. You don't need a dual sport if you already have a bike you like but don't get to use enough anyway. I'm already ready for a bigger street bike, but a long long time away from a bigger dirt bike. I bought my enduro, however, with the idea that it might be my "move up" bike off road, and the daughter gets the ttr. I'm not so sure that will be how it plays out though.

One note: I live in a less populated part of the country with exquisite cycling roads. I'm not sure I'd make this same recommendation if you live in an area like Chicago or LA. I feel I am in less danger on my street motorcycle riding the same roads I also ride my LOOK bicycle. Once I get out of town, my chances of being killed by an inattentive driver are less on the cycle because they aren't passing me for the most part.

In town, death is nearly even on odds for bike or motorcycle. Nobody said life was risk free. Bad drivers are pretty much everywear. Good to be on the defensive and alert at all times.
 
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Depends on the individual really - here's my $.02. I've ridden on the street for 22 years. I road raced back in the 80's and LOVED it (had to retire when I broke my back and did some brain damage in a RR crash). The thing I loved about racing was the 100% mental and physical focus necessary - every ounce of me was focused on the task at hand. I rode on the dirt then but it was just for training for my road racing (learning to be comfortable sliding the front tire mostly). After road racing I exclusively rode on the street - about 8,000 miles a year (from April-Oct, our street riding season). A friend had been trying to talk me into trail riding for years but I kept telling him he was nuts riding through trees, etc. A year and a half ago I traded a poker table for a couple play bikes to play around in the yard in winter - the non riding season from Nov-Mar drove me NUTS! I was having so much fun riding those that I decided to get a bigger bike to ride on the trails - my friend and the guys he rides with ride off road year round. So at first the idea was to off road to get me through the long winter. Well, I had SOOOOO much fun doing it that I now ride the bike year round - and am entering my first enduro this weekend.

I still ride my street bike a lot but if it had to come down to selling one or the other (I hope it NEVER comes down to this) I'd sell the street bike. The thing I enjoy about trail riding is that 100% mental and physical focus that I used to get when I was road racing - but I'm an adrenaline junky so consider that. On the street I can't hang it out all the way - one because it's completely unsafe and two because there's a good chance I'll break out in handcuffs. I don't ride above 70% on the street because I need that extra 30% to deal with the unexpected. Off road I can hang it out all the way and ride at 100% (or over sometimes) and I don't have to worry about the law, cars, trucks, etc. I find that my street riding has slowed down quite a bit now that I'm trail riding. I really wouldn't want to give up my street bike either though. If your sole question though is which is more fun I'd have to say off roading.
 
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p.s. to above...Plus if you keep the kdx, maybe your wife can have your kdx when you can afford another bike??

You can never have too many bikes imo.

Incidentally, I also like trail riding better for the concentration & skills involved. It is the fun factor. I like FAST on the street, but really acceleration is more of a thrill to me than just holding on to fast. Probably inexperience and being a chicken? For street riding I can only say it helps to be old, on a little light bike, and female. No handcuffs for me at this age. :laugh:

I think Steve summarizes the differences in fun factor really really well.
 

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You might consider investigating the option of making your KDX street legal. Even if you hear that it may be difficult, I know of a YZ250 that is legally plated in NC. Then, if you like riding on the road, buy an extra set of wheels for street or dual sport tire use. Being able to RIDE to a fire road or off road riding area is very, ultra cool! I highly recommend it

Like I said, it may take some effort, but you can work on it at your own time/budget pace. Good luck.
 
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street or dirt

I started with dual sport (back in the old days). The flexibility was great and I split my time between dirt and street. My dirt skills were weak so the bike did not hold me back. I then moved to an area and had friends that did a bunch of dirt and I got that bug for about 5-6 years. I then moved to Chicago and thought my dirt days were over and bought a FZ1 thinking I could take it out for a 30 minute ride after work and on weekends to cure that adrenaline itch. It didn't work - I would have to ride too aggressively on the street to get the same buzz and I am not willing to do it. I enjoy a casual ride every once in a while on a nice day - but not the same. My next move will probably be a dual sport again.

I think the question to ask yourself - if you are trying to replace the buzz you get from dirt - probably won't work. If you have friends that are riding on the street and you want to join them - it will probably be fun.

I have yet to find anything as fun as dirt biking - but logistics make it difficult to cure that itch enough.
 

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Its apples and oranges. Both fruit but different.I like going to the track, but I enjoy doing poker runs with my street friends too. The benefit to that is my wife gets to participate also.
As a member of the American Veterans MC Assoc. We have escorted alot of Vet's home lately both alive and dead, ..............
As far as getting hurt on the street I'm more afraid of Bambi than a Chevy.
 
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Papakeith said:
I used to ride both. I'm strictly dirt now. Contrary to popular belief, trees and boulders don't jump out at you like some lady doing her makup in a Volvo.

^^^ YUP! im 24 been riding in the dirt since 7 and been riding on the street since 14 (yaa yaa yaa not legal but would have been if they let me) anyway i COMPLETELY agree with Papa. At least arund here anyway. places like florida are different, they are used to bikes and know how to drive with em.. places like here, DC, crap shoot, they cant drive around other cars let alone a bike. in my 10 years of street ive BEEN HIT 11 times! Ive been very lucky, only a few of em resaulted is totaled bikes and hospital bills. unfortunitly there are very few places to ride dirt around here and i have to ride every day or i go through withdraws :laugh: so im stuck in the street. Not only the danger of stupid drivers, but after 2 years it became mundane and boring. too many laws on the street that just suck most of the fun out of it. dont get me wrong i still like riding street but with dirt, you can go all out balls to the wall and not have blue lights on your ass.
 
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If I had to sell a bike, it would be the street bike. While a leisurely cruise (or high speed blast) through mountain 2-lanes is a boat load of fun, it doesn't even come close to pulling hard out of a 180 bowl aiming at that next jump, or banging gears wide open down the straight. On the street, I get a good hard run going, then have to get out of it before po-po sees me. On the dirt, I only have to let up because the terrain requires it.