Beta 500 RR-S
Discover the featherweight 500 RR – S from the Italian company Beta. Weighing in at just over 243 of dry weight, it has an incredible advantage over other large-diameter Dual Sport bikes; for comparison, consider that the typical 450 series motocross-which doesn’t have DOT lights or road gear—only weighs about 10 less than the Beta. This is a kind of advantage for Dual cyclists Sport.La 500 RR-s has a unique 477cc liquid-cooled transmission via a six-speed gearbox, a gear ratio higher than that of a typical big-bore MX motorcycle, so it goes down the highway with less RPM and better economy. This motor is smaller than some of the other bikes listed here (which range up to 693 cm3), but balancing that out,. Like many high-end MX bikes, it uses a stylish chrome-molybdenum steel frame, but Exotica includes four titanium valves, on-demand traction control, separate engine and transmission lubrication with two oil pumps, fully adjustable suspension and integrated GPS.
GasGas ES 700
Once upon a time, there was a knocker of 500 cm3 or even 600 cm3 considered as the outer limit of the usable displacement for a four-stroke Single. Well, meet the GasGas ES 700, a 693 dual Sport beast that, believe it or not, the company calls “playful”.. The engine would produce 73.8 horsepower (the equivalent of the European factory measurement of 55 kW) and would feature a compact SOHC four-valve head with EFI-powered double spark plugs. A sliding clutch improves driver control, a Quickshifter for the six-speed gearbox makes gear changes almost effortless and includes automatic rpm adjustment during downshifts.The compact steel mesh frame weighs only 18.5 and is wrapped in a body that enhances the user experience wherever the cyclist and the bike intersect. Although the 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel sizes do not innovate, the Continental TKC 80 tires of the ES 700 are worth mentioning. They look like a cross between a studded tire and a test tire and are designed to provide exceptional grip on land and on the road. The 140/80-18 rear tire is the heaviest. Fun time: Driving modes include road and terrain with nuanced mapping that allows controlled rear wheel and Wheelie slip, and includes both power deployment and tilt-dependent traction control.
The XR650L has been an integral part of Honda’s value proposition since its debut in 1993, keeping it simple, simple, simple. Its large 644-inch four-valve Single is air-cooled and (unusual for 2023) carbonated, forgoing current technological advances such as traction control, GPS trail mapping, a multifunction TFT screen or other subtleties. So what you get is a hassle-free road/dirt knocker at a very attractive MSRP . The approach of sticking to the basics helps keep the weight at 346 of fuel. This is still 100 more than the leaders of the large-caliber Dual Sport class, but still much more manageable for beginner Dual Sport explorers than for large ADVs.Few motorcycle manufacturers are brave enough — or invest in Testing to determine fuel economy, but Honda claims that the XR650L is good for 52 mpg (based on EPA laboratory test criteria). Clinically derived or not, this number mathematically takes you 146 miles down the road with the 2.8 gallon fuel supply. The Honda’s driving experience is relaxed and mellow, thanks to 11.6 inches of travel at the front and 11.0 inches of travel at the rear. By the way, the fork and surpris absorption are adjustable, as is the rear spring preload. For beginners, however, it is worth considering that the XR650L has a seat height of 37 inches – great if you are a smaller driver who is learning the art and science of off-roading.
Husqvarna FE 501S
Upgraded and developed to produce more power — and easier to control — over a wider RPM range, the Husqvarna FE 501S is an early model year 2024 version. the 511 cm3 engine is complemented by a new steel chassis, an improved WP suspension and electronics. And the Husky shares a lot with KTM’s famous 500 EXC-F, defining itself with a unique body and graphics that recall the brand’s Swedish heritage.A full-field press was manufactured to reduce the weight of the components along the entire line and gives a dry weight of only 259 . A few of the techniques are die-casting for thin-walled motor housings, a short and lightweight aluminum muffler, optimal wall thickness for the frame tubes, a flexible Nylon and Aluminum rear subframe weighing only 3.9 , a hollow die-cast aluminum swingarm and a lighter surpris absorber. Factory parts include CNC machined fork bridges and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) footrests. For an even more functional look, more than a dozen anodized and carbon accessories are available, including anodized sapphire drain plugs, brake fluid reservoir covers, suspension dials and carbon brake and suspension guards.