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Old 07-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #41
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woot! can I reach th e ground on it though?
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while other bikes are faster my drz400 sm is clock work. and if you have the cash you can make them just as fast....my motard is just a street killer.
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I used to have a DRZ400E that was run as a motard with the stock wheels and Distanzia tires. It was bulletproof and fun, but tall.

I have also had a KTM 620 run as a motard with the stock wheels and street tires. Lots of fun, fast as , but vibrated quite a bit. Left handed kick only and it took a while to figure out. It was tall also.

I also had a XR400R motard that was street legal, it was dead on reliable, fun enough as I had it a few GSS track days and it did just fine. Kick only, but easy to use. Nice height, still a little tall.

I have not owned a SVX, although I have ridden one for about 120 miles. It shook like a paint can shaker and had terrible range.

I now have a 2006 KTM450 SMR and am pefectly happy. Maintenance is not bad, and it seems very reliable. The one problem I had with it was due to the PO leaving a nut loose after adjusting the valves. Even in that bad event, (timing chain snapped) there was minimal damage and all things considered an easy repair. I run it at track days (white plastic) and I also ride it on SMR's with the TSBA to Orzak's. It is smaller sized bike than the others.

You will find KTM450 show up fairly cheap on Supermotojumkie.com. I would recommend getting an 06 or later. If you want to try mine out, let me know. Mine is street legal. I am in the Katy area.

Another option and below your price range is to call Andy at Metric. He has a nice CRF450 set up ready to go for a VERY fair price. He made some great changes to it. The CRF does require frequent oil changes, and watching the valves, but I imagine Andy can answer what he did to his and also address the valve issues. Check his site, http://www.metricmotorcycles.com/projects.asp. When I was there last, he mentioned it needed tires, but even with that, you would be in good shape on your price range.
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