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Old 05-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Why a Motard?

I was out of the motorcycle scene for a few years until about a year ago. Did my first track day at MSRH and am now curious about these machines. I'm 6', and the height appeals to me. I used to ride a "dual purpose" bike in the early '80s and see some similarity.

If you were going to convince me that Motards are better than Sportbikes, what would say?

I am totally ignorant of where these machines fit in. I hear they corner faster, but are slower in the straights due to the smaller engines than a sportbike?

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Depends on what you want to do.
Tight and twisty: I'll take a tard any day.
Long and curvy: sportbike.

Tards are just soo easy to ride because of the weight, it's almost like cheating.
I wouldn't take one out to TWS (Texas World Speedway) or even MSRH again though.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:47 PM   #3
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:23 PM   #4
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On the street: they're fun at speeds that won't get your license revoked

on the track: the body position isn't as physically demanding as a sportbike, they crash better, and they turn tighter.

They do suck on the top end. My SXV 550 which most people would call a cheater tard does MAYBE 115 with my 225 lb on it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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I wouldn't take one out to TWS (Texas World Speedway) or even MSRH again though.
I do. Big fun.

You'd just be well-advised to not put in a million laps on one on the bigger, faster tracks, that's all. Like any single, they have a fairly short lifespan relative to inline multis, and turning maximum revs on them for extended periods of time means an even shorter life. The Aprillia twins also are a bit on the fragile side for the same reasons, but if you know what a wrench looks like and how to use one, you can keep them healthy enough.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #6
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:38 PM   #7
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We had a pair for about a year.

Upsides: curb jumping, nothing better for being a hooligan, stupid easy for super tight twisty stuff. We took ours to the dragon and had the times of our lives on them.

Downsides: Extremely uncomfortable on the highway. Windblast is horrible and they are naturally unstable at speed. I found I didn't ride any more since everything in Houston involves lots of runs on straight high speed roads to get there.

Ultimately ended up with a sport bike again because of that. I did go with a naked bike though for a similar upright riding position. So far it is much better at speed but still comfortable.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #8
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lets be honest here, byrd......

Why a Motard?




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Old 05-02-2012, 10:18 PM   #9
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also, see here:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=223244
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #10
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