Dual-sport motorcycles are street-legal, licensed machines that are capable of off-road use as well. These non-competitive rides follow a predetermined course that includes public roads (paved and gravel) as well as fire roads and some off-road sections, typically in the woods. While these events are just for fun, and aren’t competitive in nature, there are sometimes “hero” sections available in some of the off-road segments where riders who want to tackle more difficult terrain can opt to do so, while other riders continue on the regular course.
These events (which may also be referred to as “adventure rides”) may utilize roll charts and/or GPS devices, similar to what you’d see at an enduro, to help riders keep to the designated course and avoid getting lost. While not required, some riders will choose to equip their machines with bark busters and skid plates, and possibly other protective gear, to help them stave off damage from off-road sections. Some riders will also carry a small tool kit with them, along with some basic spare parts, so that emergency repairs can be made during the event – on their own machine, or perhaps someone else’s. Like road rides, a dual-sport ride is as much about camaraderie and community as it is about the actual completion of the course.