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Old 06-13-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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What is the smallest bike you would use to make into a motard...

ive been seen a lot of bikes for sale and not sure what i should be looking at for a motard? to all my TARDS out there any input is appreciated...
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Honda 50 is about as small as I would go...
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Honda 50 is about as small as I would go...
not sure what's out there that is smaller...i think jet has ya covered

one of these days I will get around to building my 250-eff-tard...I think for the street it would be all I'd need. It would be more an in-town surface-streets bike. I have to finish up my wiring plans for my fan cooling system as well as my added recti-regs, battery, higher power stator, and a few other items.
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Honda 50 is about as small as I would go...
yeah for st use so that i can take for a spin around town.. nothing crazy...
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250 4 or 125 2 for a streetbike.
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depending on the streets traveled (for me all surface), i'd go down to even a crf100 or ttr125 on 12s or 17s....but you have to know that you will be tapped out on power. It would be like bringing TMGP to the streets!

I'm used to the underpowered street legal world...it's not as bad as most would think. In fact, I personally find it to be more fun than over powered.
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i was thinking of the ttr 125 but didnt think it would be enough go if you know what i mean...
so i started thinking of a 250 or 450 to tard out and getting a klx110 or a 85 to join up on the TMGP
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For most street use a 250 would be the smallest.
That would still give you some legs to get on the freeway.
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For most street use a 250 would be the smallest.
That would still give you some legs to get on the freeway.
my thinking exactly not that i plan on riding on the freeway with it all the time but just in case i need to.
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I just bought a DR650. Had been toying about with the idea of a 250. I can definantly say now that if you want to "cruise" at a reasonable freeway speed you'll need more then a 250. If it's surface streets and the occasional freeway jaunt then
a 250 would rock.... I for one every time I see one....

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Right now i'm searching around for a bike to do a coversion on. I'm looking for a CRF450 BUT if I came accross a good deal on a CRF250, i'd jump on it and be very happy with it.

In stock trim, a 250 four stroke will get up to 5th or 6th gear in a real hurry plus they have that "light and flickable" feel to them IMO. I think it's a safe bet that it would be just as much fun as a 450.
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I just bought a DR650. Had been toying about with the idea of a 250. I can definantly say now that if you want to "cruise" at a reasonable freeway speed you'll need more then a 250. If it's surface streets and the occasional freeway jaunt then
a 250 would rock.... I for one every time I see one....

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Right now i'm searching around for a bike to do a coversion on. I'm looking for a CRF450 BUT if I came accross a good deal on a CRF250, i'd jump on it and be very happy with it.

In stock trim, a 250 four stroke will get up to 5th or 6th gear in a real hurry plus they have that "light and flickable" feel to them IMO. I think it's a safe bet that it would be just as much fun as a 450.
yeah i think you are right.. back to the selling grounds
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What is the typical price for a set of street wheels to make it a motard?
Without the oversized brakes, i keep seeing around $800-$1,200 for a complete set.
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I wouldnt get anything smaller than a 250 4-stroke. And if u r not really familiar with 2-smokes I would scratch any of those off the list.

A DRZ400 makes a perfect "entry" level motard. U can beat the chit out of em and parts are everywhere. They can be had for ~$3500 which is cheaper than buying a MX bike, titling it for street, buying tard wheels and maintenance. The whole point of motard is riding like a hooligan. So if u dont have enough power to wheelie, then whats the point. Yea u can clutch up a 250 but nothing beats raw power. Every person i knew with a 250 always begged for more power.

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