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I love my zx10r, but... - August 30, 2009, 09:01 AM

I met up with novasquid yesterday morning at POR. We did a little bit of the RRonin Frederick loop route and broke off around Gathland Park to head to 340 and Harpers Ferry. RnR was the ultimate destination so that I could drop off my KTM and pick up my 10r for tomorrow's track day. I was really enjoying the ride on the KTM since most of the miles I have on it so far are commuting miles.

We got across the Potomac on 340 and then took a left on a road that shall remain unnamed. Oh man, even being stuck behind a pickup truck, that was a fun little run. The front end comes up so nicely and sets back down so gently that I was searching for hills to crest with a handful of throttle. Then to land and dive into the next turn,... heavenly.

I never would have imagined it possible, but I did not want to trade it for the 10r. After the swap, Do and I stopped for a quick lunch. I told him that I could probably live without a sportbike, and I never thought that was possible until yesterday.


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August 30, 2009, 09:19 AM

i was having a hard time keeping up with you even in the straights! it looked like you were having a blast. too bad the seat height on these bikes comes up to my chest, otherwise i'd get one too.


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August 30, 2009, 10:00 AM

Im, dying to ride something like that...
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August 30, 2009, 10:22 AM

It's sometimes more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.


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August 30, 2009, 12:09 PM

yeah I've been thinkin' 'bout a sumo, how tall is that ktm (seat)?


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August 30, 2009, 12:21 PM

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It's sometimes more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.
Mike, this is one of the most insightful comments I think I have ever read on DCSBN or any forum, for that matter. Nice going!

I endorse the sumo thing 100%. My KTM is quite tall. I'm 6' w/ about a 34" inseam. I'm more long in the legs than the torso, and I cannot touch both feet when there zero sag in the suspension. However, this is a dual sport so there's quite a bit of sag in the suspension, over an inch. I can just barely sit with both feet flat with every one of my 205 lbs planted on the seat. That's at full sag. It's tall. There are Japanese-made sumos that are shorter though.


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August 30, 2009, 01:20 PM

I was rolling down Carter's Run a few days ago and couldn't shake a guy on a XR650R in the corners (and he was on dual/sport tires!).

The SMJ board is full of people who have gone from sport bikes to supermotos and have never looked back. I don't think I could do with just one or the other, but a supermoto will be my next bike for sure.




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August 30, 2009, 06:38 PM

My buddy had a KTM 450 SMR and i rode it a few times... This thing was a BLAST to ride... I wish I could afford both the ZX6R and a 450 SMR.... Loved it!



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August 30, 2009, 06:49 PM

i have a zx10 and a sumo also and feel just like you do.

when i get a chance to ride, i grab the ktm everytime. so so fun.
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So OSD...when is a tard ride in the future? Monday morning maybe if you have off?
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September 1, 2009, 04:42 AM

Sorry, I was at the track trying to keep up with Scorpion9r, onel0wcubn, and Mossburg. Maybe this coming weekend?


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Welcome to the dark side my son! We need to do a ride on Sunday and I can show you some nice tard roads.


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Let me know when, and I'm there.


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So OSD...when is a tard ride in the future? Monday morning maybe if you have off?
brian you have off mon. also? hmmmm, set something up around your way sometime!


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September 2, 2009, 01:34 PM

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It's sometimes more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.
True, but John's KTM is definitely not slow. On the contrary, the torque is monster on that thing...I had no trouble keeping up with him when I was riding the KTM and he was on my K1200S.
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