THIS THREAD is not the place to start a discussion about your particular situation regarding a first bike.so i am a very new rider, and am just looking into bike prices and what might interest me,
99% of riders who own Adventure bikes never leave the pavement. Most are far too heavy for any serious dirt riding. The bikes are heavily street biased since that's where they spend their time. 500+ lbs bikes are only suitable for mild riding on improved dry dirt roads and would simply disappear into mud.I've had three bikes in the past - 2 dual purpose and one street - and now I've been out of it for a number of years, but want to get back into it. I've been looking etc. like most of the rest here and one of the questions I have is that with Adventure bikes and some dual-sport bikes, the front fender is right above the tire like a street bike would be. Why?
What if you actually take them off-road and go through mud/clay?
Why don't they just pack up and clog? And if they don't clog why do dirt bikes still have front fenders way above the tire? Is there some technology that has cropped up in the last decade that I'm unaware of? I just can't imagine going off-road without a fender that won't clog up.