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Old 10-26-2008, 09:05 PM   #1
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Needing a Motard Education

Today while Larry Myers was working on the bike, I told him about riding Magic Man's motard around the parking lot Friday night and how much fun it was. And that was just in first gear. He said something to the effect of... when you ride a motard you'll come back and your jaw will hurt... from grinning so much when you ride it. Then the magic words.... would you like to take my Aprilia out?

Of course, I jumped at that chance. I told him that I'd probably eat chit on it, to which he replied... no problem, it's a motard.

So I didn't know what to expect. I've never ridden much dirt and it would be the first time on a Motard in any gear higher than first. So, I rolled out on the track and over the course of the first lap started picking of speed and getting my lean on in the corners. By the time I hit the carousel it was GAME ON. I was dragging knee, my calves and boots. What a total blast. I started to figure out how Larry keeps crushing me in the turns... it's so damned light and maneuverable that you can absolutely scream into corner entry.

While I got passed by a lot of people on the straights... ok almost EVERYBODY passed me on the straights, I managed to pass a few in the turns and get by a GSXR-1000 and keep him behind me.

So now I'm even more interested in a Motard. I'm familiar with the Ducati Hypermotard with the hyper-crazy-prices and 90 hp, but what else is out there. I've tried google searches, but I'm not getting the results I expected.

Would a few of you guys mind giving me some recommendations about Motards to look at?
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:06 PM   #2
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mekrew loves his ktm..

i bought the under poweder drz 400sm for street and mild stunting..but i wanna do a motard track day, both dirt and tarmac
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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out of the box or make your own?
I'm thinking out of the box right now, unless y'all tell me that isn't reasonable.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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Aprilia 450 and 550, KTM SMR450 and SMR560, Husky, and of course you could always convert a dirt 450 to motard, most popular the crf450.

Check out supermotojunkie for some good info, and classifieds!
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:12 PM   #6
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And cr500's ??
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:15 PM   #7
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I used to own and race a CR500 motard. It was fast and fun, but handled like . (See 97 bike below.)

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Old 10-26-2008, 09:26 PM   #8
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So I see the KTM SUPERMOTO 950 is weighing in at 421 pounds. Am I missing something here, or is that bike actually heavier than my gixxer?? Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a motard?
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So I see the KTM SUPERMOTO 950 is weighing in at 421 pounds. Am I missing something here, or is that bike actually heavier than my gixxer?? Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a motard?
Yeah, that new 950 really isn't a supermoto, just looks like one. From what I hear though they are still fun bikes. Just not a supermoto bike.
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Either the 'Priller or KTM are a great choice. The super sickness is the built out CRF 450s. The turn key=go race of the priller and the KTM are a big plus, proven, mostly reliable.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:05 PM   #11
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I've found a few... $9 to $10K? I had no idea.
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I've found a few... $9 to $10K? I had no idea.
Aprilia's or KTM?

Almost new KTM 450's can be had for $4 -$5k. I have even seen a few dealers sell the new ones for $6k or so.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:15 PM   #13
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2008 Aprilia SXV 5.5 - $9,499. 2008 Aprilia SXV 4.5 8,799.00

KTM 690 SMC $8,988....
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not 100% sure...but I think MattL may still have a ktm 450 for sale.
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That 5.5 Prillr is a monster. They have had reliability issues in the past, but I am not sure about the newer ones. I do know they are VERY fast. I've ridden a built CRF450 and I was blown away by it.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:42 PM   #17
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How is that price?
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I used to own and race a CR500 motard. It was fast and fun, but handled like . (See 97 bike below.)

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Was it hard to keep the front wheel down ?
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Is is a good idea to convert a Suzuki RMZ 250 into a motard?
If not, why not?
what makes a mx bike to become motard? I mean aside from the wheels.
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