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Old 12-16-2010, 10:05 AM   #1
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questions about the Supermoto life

I am considering getting a motard for my next bike. I sure would love to be able to participate in a race if I chose to. I have a few questions about this wicked form of a bike.

I have recently learned that the tracks are mixed surfaces and yet I still see most racers running slicks.

Is this normal fashion?
Is the dirt not that hairy to run a more aggressive tread?
What is a good displacement to start with?(I will be riding on street and at highway speeds during my commute)
Lastly, is there a good following in our area that fun can be had?
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:11 AM   #2
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Is this normal fashion?
I would think it depends on the dirt and how big the dirt section is.



What is a good displacement to start with?(I will be riding on street and at highway speeds during my commute)
I dont think race supermotos are the best for commuting. When you buy a supermoto you have to know what you want to do with it. Race only buy a all out sumo.
Commuting= DRZ, WRX, and all woods model bikes.
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Is this normal fashion?
I would think it depends on the dirt and how big the dirt section is.



What is a good displacement to start with?(I will be riding on street and at highway speeds during my commute)
I dont think race supermotos are the best for commuting. When you buy a supermoto you have to know what you want to do with it. Race only buy a all out sumo.
Commuting= DRZ, WRX, and all woods model bikes.
Exactly, you can street a full on race sumo but your engine will hate you for it, then you wallet will. Those are high performance engines built for starting line to finish line racing and not mileage. On the other hand the DRZ and WRX's for example are made for mileage. They just don't have as much 'pep' as a ful race bike. Still a high compression engine but the transmission and overall gearing is much different.

Don't get me wrong, a full race supermoto would be awesome fun on the streets but if that's the majority of riding you will be doing, then it may turn out to be a bit more expensive with wear and tear. A non-damaged top end rebuild on one of those race built 4 strokes isn't cheap. Let alone if you blow the top end causing damage and have to get serious work done.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:22 AM   #4
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I am looking more a commuter bike that I could race if the option was there. I realize I wouldn't be looking for the podium, but I want to be able to participate.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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Race and commute don't go together on a sumo.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:38 AM   #6
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okay, how about this.

Commute and have fun in a sanctioned race or structured competition?
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DRZ400 or xr650r convert then. I'm thinking they would qualify for CMRA Clubman category.
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so is a 400 big enough to carry me at highways speeds for about 40-50 miles?
I want something that is very versatile! That is why I like the idea of a motard so much. When my boys start riding dirt, it can go in the dirt also.
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so is a 400 big enough to carry me at highways speeds for about 40-50 miles?
I want something that is very versatile! That is why I like the idea of a motard so much. When my boys start riding dirt, it can go in the dirt also.

My buddy's DRZ400SM would do about 95 topped out. 75 (what I'm calling highway speesd) shoud be fine.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:38 PM   #10
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cool, anyone ride this new ktm 9xx something?
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:41 PM   #11
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my DRZ loves going 75. it will go from 75 to 100 very quickly too. I would actually prefer cruising to work at 60-65, but I have a dead spot in my jetting that wants less or more throttle. One day I will get back around to pulling the carb off and moving the needle around. I do wish that it had another gear in the transmission. I attempt to shift all the time with no luck.

my office is about 15 miles, with most of that being i-10.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:43 PM   #12
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i ride from spring to the beltway and i10. that is a trip that I usually cruise 70-80. If i can get a bike to do that and all the other fun stuff, i am sold!
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try supermotojunkie.com they have some good info and may answer a lot of your questions.
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It only looks like a tard.
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