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A dual-sport, colloquially known as "dualie" or an "on-off road bike" is a type of street-legal motorcycle that is designed for both on and off-road use. The terms 'All-road' and 'Dual-purpose' are also used. Dual sports are equipped with street-legal equipment such as lights, speedometer, mirrors, horn, license plate mounting, and muffler and can, therefore, be registered and licensed. Examples of dual-sport models include the BMW GS series, KTM Adventure series, Kawasaki KLR, Suzuki DR-Z400 and V-Strom, Honda XL, Yamaha XT and many more.

“The concept of a versatile motorcycle equally at home on dirt and pavement is as old as motorcycling itself. Most roads were still unpaved when motorized bicycles first appeared around 1900. In a sense, all motorcycles at that time were dual sports, intended to be used on dirt as well as pavement. Advertisements well into the 1920’s depict motorcycles on dirt roads, raising clouds of dust. By 1940, most roads were paved and motorcycles had become heavier and more oriented to the street. In the 1950’s and 60’s British manufacturers such as Triumph and BSA offered versions of their relatively light street motorcycles with high exhaust pipes, and called them scramblers.”

Yamaha is credited with rekindling popular interest in dirt worthy motorcycles that could also be ridden on the street. In 1968 they introduced the hugely successful DT-1 based on a 250cc two-stroke engine. Other manufacturers soon followed with similar models called "enduros". These light weight machines were good on trails and adequate on pavement.

Wikipedia, Dual Sport, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_Sport (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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