There are numerous considerations when considering a prepping vehicle and there are many great choices out there to choose from. In the article below A.B. Vanover discusses some benefits to the dual sport motorcyle, another great choice to consider is a UTV. I (Shane) actually have both in my prepping kit. For the bike I keep a Honda Trials 250cc and for the UTV we have a Trail Wagon which is a relatively inexpensive option from Tractor Supply. As for the Trail Wagon I have it because I found a great deal on it and it has served us well, however if I were to recommend a UTV by brand I would by far recommend the Kawasaki Mule. In my time in Special Operations I utilized and tested most notable UTVs on the market and the one that continually impressed my was the mule. It truly lives up to its name and continues to go and go. In the end most of them if taken care of will fit your needs and do just fine.
Now onto Vanover’s article…….
You’ve stockpiled canned food, medical supplies, and other necessities. You’ve even outfitted your home with solar heating and electricity. You’ve done everything you can possibly think of to be ready for whatever the future holds. But have you considered what you’re going to do for transportation if a true national or world emergency arises?
A large-scale emergency situation could result in mass power outages and closures of most, if not all, gas stations. Those who plan on relying on 4×4 trucks, used military vehicles and other off-road vehicles will quickly use up all of the fuel in their tanks. Considering this, the dual sport motorcycle presents an excellent form of alternative transportation that should be considered.
The dual sport motorcycle is a type of motorcycle that is designed to operate on both paved roads and unimproved surfaces. They are essentially dirt bikes that have been made street legal with the addition of rear view mirrors, turn signals, and license plates.
The primary advantages of having one of these bikes are that they can go just about anywhere. You don’t have to worry about road conditions with one of these bikes, as they can traverse just about anything. And because they have two wheels instead of four, they can go many places that would be impossible for even the most rugged 4×4. Imagine if you will that the mayor of your city just issued evacuation orders for all residents. Now imagine all of the people in a major city all trying to leave at once. Total chaos. There will be accidents blocking the roads, cars left sitting idle, and people even walking on foot to flee. With a dual sport motorcycle you can easily maneuver around wrecked or abandoned cars, even going off road to avoid blocked roads.
Another great advantage of owning a dual sport motorcycle is that they get incredible gas mileage. If you resist the urge to purchase a bike with a large engine and get one with an engine of about 600cc, it is not uncommon to get up to 75mpg (or more). With such incredible fuel economy, you could very easily ride your bike for a long time on a modest fuel reserve you keep at home.
One of the best and most affordable dual-sport motorcycles on the market today is the Honda XR650L. The Honda name is well-known for its longevity and reliability. A new XR650L will cost just under $ 7,000, but you can get a nice one that’s just a few years old for about half as much. Other motorcycle manufacturers make quality dual sport bikes, too, including Yamaha, KTM, BMW and others.
A dual sport motorcycle is not without its disadvantages, of course. Cargo capacity is very limited, although you can purchase side bags or hard cases, and you can also carry some items in a back pack while you are riding. But as a means of conserving precious fuel when supplies are limited or become prohibitively expensive, it’s hard to beat the rugged utility of this form of two-wheeled transportation.
Lastly, let’s not forget that a good dual sport motorcycle is not something that has to sit in your garage in preparation for something bad to happen. These bikes are a lot of fun and there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy owning and riding one often.
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About the author: A.B. Vanover is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and has been riding for almost 17 years. Alex is also the owner of the popular ad listing website Motorcycle Trading Post. When he is not riding he can be found hiking or riding his mountain bike throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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