Dual Sport Motorcycle Class Definition

tomcycle

Past President DSBC 2004 -2018
Staff member
This is something that requires updating from time to time as the bikes change and the riders improve

I must give Gord G "Dorky" credit for the detailed descriptions, used on the Loose Screw DS.

For the DZEE ride we decided on having three routes and they are defined below as Classes with description of what to expect and skills.
Yes we know that there are riders out there that can take their 990 on single track but this is something to help those who are not sure where they might fit in
If I have missed anything or you think something should be changed I am open to suggestions
  • ADVENTURE
  • DUAL SPORT
  • DUAL SPORT ENDURO


CLASSBike ExamplesSample PicturesRoute DescriptionRequired Skills
ADVENTUREUsually a bigger road
capable bike with off road
tires (not stock)
KTM 990
SUZUKI VSTROM
BMW 800 Adventure
Honda Africa Twin

BMW-F-800-GS
VStrom
Africa Twin
KTM 990
DR650
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✔ Regular steep/uneven/slippery terrain.
Ditches/cross ditches/ washouts.
✔ Obstacles requiring assistance from
others.
✔ Frequent mud, ice, snow,
slippery/decreased traction terrain.
Grapefruit‐sized rocks that are difficult
or impossible to avoid.
✔ Single track with steep sections and
sharp turns.
✔ Roots or heavy vegetation obstructing
trail.
✔ Steep, long descents with loose,
avoidable rock.
✔ Steep uphills with straight approach
and reasonable traction.
✔ Steep, straight descents with
straight/clear exit.
✔ Narrow trails making turn‐around
difficult in some areas.
✔ Steepness making stopping/turning
difficult in some areas.
✔ Challenging obstacles that cannot be
avoided.
✔ Vertical 8” steps or logs on uphills
✔ Fitness and determination are
recommended.
✔ Loft front wheel at speed over cross
ditches.
✔ Aid steering with throttle and brake.
✔ Feather clutch to maintain traction in
all situations.
✔ Cross medium logs (<16”).
✔ Loft bike off 30” ledge and land flat.
First reaction to trouble is throttle,
not brakes.
✔ Maintain momentum while riding over
multiple larger rocks.
✔ Climb steep hills with curves and
narrow clearances.
✔ Rider stands on pegs through many
obstacles.
✔ Advanced navigation skills and trail
direction awareness.
✔ Rider has tools and spare parts can
do trail side repairs
✔ Follow difficult single‐track
✔ Aggressively attack short very steep
uphill obstacles.
✔ Wheelie bike onto and over obstacles
✔ Climb steep hills with loose surface
and obstacles
DUAL SPORT
ENDURO
The Bad Boys of the Dual Sport World.
Most dont have turn signals anymore,
Mirrors are an option, lucky that most
knobbies are DOT now otherwise they
all would have off road only tires.
Barely Street (or not) Street Legal
DRZ 400
KTM 500
Honda CRF 450L


KYM 500
DRZ 400
CRF 450L











✔ Consecutive difficult obstacles
requiring sustained, aggressive, attack
✔ Obstacles requiring bike to be
lifted/carried Obstacles on hills –12” or
more
✔ Steep up/downhills with tight
switchbacks Steep, slippery
up/downhills with drops and corners.
✔ Fitness and determination are
required Rider is prepared to ‘throw’
bike toward top of obstacle More
throttle is often the solution
✔ Drift around low traction corners at
speed
✔ Rider comfortable on pegs through all
obstacles
✔ Bunny‐hop obstacles at speed Climb
over large steps or logs (>28”)
✔ Loft bike off 48” ledge and land flat
 

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