APPROPRIATE GEARING Dual-sports need a first gear low enough for rock crawling and a top gear high enough for highway rides.
TIRES Good off-road tires are a compromise when on the street, especially under braking, while street tires are worthless in the
dirt. When in doubt, look for
DOT-approved knobbies (or the equivalent in your region).
ENGINE Almost all dual-sports use single-cylinder engines, and the best are derived from true dirt machines. A bonus: Dual-sports almost always get superior gas mileage and make great urban commuters, especially if your city government seems to think that potholes add character.