Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
Re: More newbie questions
I can say for certain that sand is bad for chains and sprockets. Will require more maintenance and upkeep, but hey, that's teh price you pay for the fun of dual sports. As for the tire issue, I would guess that the OEM tires are a compromise, but I'm sure someone out there may know of a better tire for conditions.
The very term "dual sport" means compromise to me. You may have to compromise on your destinations somewhat, if the off-road part of your riding is too extreme. At that point, it might be better to have a dedicated off-roader. Many years ago, we used to take my uncle's dual sport Honda to the beach in NC and not think twice about it. Sand or asphalt. It was all good.
I feel pretty certain that you could find a bike that would work for you.