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Super Motard suggestions - June 7, 2008, 11:52 AM

I am thinking of dabbling in that realm of things and was wondering what people thought of the different offerings. I am not particularily brand loyal so that does not have any bearing.

I am about over 6' and mid 200's on weight. Don't want something that will make me look like a grape ape on a tricycle.
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b-king?? lol


maybe a xr650?
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June 7, 2008, 02:48 PM

Hatch, At 200 lbs, you'd probably be happiest on the 600cc+ displacement. The only bikes that I can think of off the top of my head in that category would be the KTM's (690) and the Husky's (610).

I'm still surprised that only Suzuki was the only Japanese manufacturer to come out so far with a factory SM. That DRZ400SM - though a great bike, evidently can get a little winded on highway sprints.

Of course, I'm speaking of only the true supermoto's...single cylinder thumpers.


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Hatch, At 200 lbs, you'd probably be happiest on the 600cc+ displacement. The only bikes that I can think of off the top of my head in that category would be the KTM's (690) and the Husky's (610).

I'm still surprised that only Suzuki was the only Japanese manufacturer to come out so far with a factory SM. That DRZ400SM - though a great bike, evidently can get a little winded on highway sprints.

Of course, I'm speaking of only the true supermoto's...single cylinder thumpers.
I don't know about winded. What I believe was a DRZ400SM (with a yosh pipe) sure as hell passed my ass on 28 the other day.


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200+ pounder riding it?


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June 8, 2008, 05:53 PM

I'm 6'4" and in the same weight range. Had no problem keeping up with a big KTM and other bikes while riding a DRZ, just had to work harder. If I was going to buy right now though, I think I'd pick up a Husky 610 or 510. I'm going to see what the fall brings, see if any of the japanese manufacturers are going to put out a larger displacement SM. If Honda would put electric start and SM kit on an xr650r I'd pick that up in a heartbeat.
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I am thinking in the larger CC realms too and it appears that my choices are somewhat limited.
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Been looking at the KTM690SMC myself. Fredricksburg KTM and the KTM dealer in Fredrick, MD have them in stock.
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Can't beat the big LC4 bikes.... Mine does 66 duty often with out any issues other than traffic moving too slow. The new 690 has been being praised big time! The big XRs are bulletproof and alot less $$$ even tarded already. I was edgy about the KTM at first being euro and all, but its been great. It all comes down to what you want to spend.
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You think its easier or cheaper to just convert an XR650R or go the KTM or Husky route.

I am a bit over 6'5 and a bit over 250.
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You think its easier or cheaper to just convert an XR650R or go the KTM or Husky route.

I am a bit over 6'5 and a bit over 250.
xr650r is kick start only..... puke..... you can get a wound stator from BD - but it's not the most reliable thing...

I would go with a ktm625smc - you can get em used for 4-5k or a husky 610... Unless your are racing stay away from the ktm rfs 525/560 smr's, the husky 510, and the aprilia sxv550 - those are the racing bikes and prolonged street usuage with updated maintenance will lead to them grenading...

that said - it's a bit down on power, but I kept up with KTM's and Husky's with my drz400sm - but I put a FCR Carb and exhaust on it... I was a perfect street bike.. I only went to the KTM for the extra hp on the track - ie over 90 power...


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You think its easier or cheaper to just convert an XR650R or go the KTM or Husky route.

I am a bit over 6'5 and a bit over 250.
Converting =$$$ compared to buying one already converted, or a stock streetmoto like the SMC or DRZ. I see XRLs and Rs up for grabs on junkie quite a bit.


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Converting =$$$ compared to buying one already converted, or a stock streetmoto like the SMC or DRZ. I see XRLs and Rs up for grabs on junkie quite a bit.
ummmm no...

you can get a nice shape used bike for less - and convert it as you go, and depending what parts the some total is less.. The hassle is in doing it yourself, but you have something nobody else has... tho most of us duplicate what others have done to save ourselves grief...

the xr650r is also NOT street legal... which can have titling/tag issues... the xr650l is an old air cooled motor.. For about the same $$ you buy a used drz400sm that will out perform a xrl anywhere but the highway....

If you are a "gravity challenged" person, I can say that I am one.. If you get a DRz400sm - you will need the fcr carb and exhaust to have fun - but at 6ft .. it was buzzy on the highway...

If you plan is to do highway and you have price issues or reliablity doubts about the ktm625 or husky610.. I would reccomend looking at a dr650... The dr650 like the xr650l is aircooled - but it's faster and lighter... You can easily mount a fcr39 carb for the flatslide quick throttle responsiveness.. It would be a better touring tard - ie - if you need to do slab speeds more often... The only down side is you will have to get the wheels and do it yourself - but tons of folks on SMJ can provide the specs.. I thought about it instead of the drz400sm... However, I had a fz1 at the time - and wouldn't be doing much slab so I wanted lighter and more flickable - but at 6'6 you wouldn't have a prob....

Also, at 6'6... I would check out the versys.. It's NOT a tard - but it's upright and comes with 17in tires... It might be a big mans tard, if you will...


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June 9, 2008, 04:23 PM

Here you go:

http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?t=58145

or

http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?t=58923

Only thing with a used SMC is check every seam/seal/gasket/orafice for oil leaks.

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