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Old 09-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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So I corrected another guy by telling them that my XT225 was a dual sport bike rather than a motard.

He said same difference. However upon thinkin about it, since my tires, not rims, are street tires not knobbies, could he have been right?

So my questions is, what would constitute a motard???
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Generally, people consider dirt bikes with street tires slapped on, motards. I don't think rim size makes a difference even though 17" rims are most commonly associated with supermotos.
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I consider any dual sport machine with street tires mounted on factory wheels just that, a dual sport bike with street tires. I consider a fire breathing MX bike wearing a set of 17" wheels, street/race tires, big brakes, and handguards to be a motard (supermoto). I've been around motards since I joined this site many years ago, and my opinion on the subject has always reflected what I posted above (but that doesn't mean it's correct!).

Does anyone know if all of the BOTM past winners are in one location? I think my KTM 525SMR was the first motard to win that honor. . .
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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I'm with jet. In my opinion, a bike with 80/20 DOTs on its OEM 21"-18" (or 19") rims isn't a motard. It's a dual sport. I think lacing up 16" or 17" hoops with sportbike tires...thats a supermoto.
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Originally Posted by hotnanas View Post
I'm with jet. In my opinion, a bike with 80/20 DOTs on its OEM 21"-18" (or 19") rims isn't a motard. It's a dual sport. I think lacing up 16" or 17" hoops with sportbike tires...thats a supermoto.
Yep on both, although there is a sportsman class of motards that is what you are describing with street tires and stock rims.(I think, but I could be wrong).

I had a DRZ400E in 2000 that was an E model, street legal, and had street street tires on the stock rims. In my mind, it was a tard.

Call em whatever you like, if it is "dirt bike based", and if your laughing your off and risking your license, there's a good chance...."it's a tard".
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