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    a few months off getting a bike still learning the world of it, so super motards are hybrid road and offroad style bikes? I do mostly highway cruising i.e work commute. Also want a bit of fun like fast corners and small jumps. Is this the right bike?

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    Long periods on the highway wouldn't be comfortable. But super mortards are the ideal machine for a work commute lane splitting etc.
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    • #3
      why not? they have the upright position, i also face a lot of work traffic so lane splitting would be great

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      • #4
        Supermotos and adventure touring are the best if you can't make up your mind on what you like doing. I am looking at an adventure touring bike.
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        • #5
          supermoto bikes are in the same genre as the "dual Purpose" bikes of old, but on the other end of the spectrum.

          the old school Dual purpose bikes were basically de-tuned dirt bikes with lights and street legal exhaust.

          the supermoto bikes are more of a blend of Street/ sport bike power-train with the suspension mimicking a motocross bike's suspension.
          again much like the adventure touring bikes.

          its all whatever you are into.
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          • #6
            Its basically a MX bike that has a compliance plate and some dot approved tyres. They're good and fun but if you're riding for long periods of time you'll end up shitting out your kidneys, MX seats are not really designed to be sat on for long periods.



            [edit] also they're fantastic in traffic, high posture, narrow frame and parts don't cost a great deal if you drop it at traffic lights.
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            • #7
              In my experience, if you are going to buy a super motard, get the suzuki drz400, they have the best reliability iv seen to date, and the longest times between services, and NEVER BUY A BIMOTA OR APRILIA, I have a dead Aprilia sxv 450 in my garage waiting for new head gaskets as these blow, and for no particular reason.the rest of the bike is just as unreliable and made of glass I swear, Iv ridden my 87 cbr250rh and thrashed the living tits out of the bike for twice as long as if owned the aprilia and never had a single problem, the Aprilia every 500 kms ur supposed to do an oil change and filter change, the cost of them is extreme to say the least, Dont let that deter you from having a supermotard as they are really nice and fun to own,but PLEASE dont buy a bimota or aprilia!
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              93 Suzuki Super Carry 1l Manual, 90 Toyota MR2 G-limited Auto, 90 Honda Prelude INX, 77 Triumph 2500tc manual with OD, 86 Nissan Sunny B13 1.3l manual, 93 Toyota Caldina 1.8 Auto
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              • #8
                Ok there are motards and there are motards.

                There are the soft core motards that are marketed to the commuter market and casual rider and there are the hard edged motards based on proper full noise dirtbikes.
                The ones based on dirtbikes (With the exception of the DRZ) are no good for commuting. Reasons being that the engines are high strung and require regular servicing and dont like the stop start and high temps associated with riding in the city.
                Also most of them dont come with a thing called a 'Cush drive' This is a ring made of rubber blocks that sits between the rear hub and sproket carrier. These are to reduce vibration and wear on the hub, wheel bearings and sproket. Without them regular road use will screw all of those parts.

                Also at hwy speeds the engines are revving very high because of their short sproket gearing and close ratio gearboxes. The more road orientated yamahas, KTM's and Kawasakis have better gearing but a single cylinder engine is going to rev its head off either way.

                DRZ's are very popular because of their placid engine and cheap parts and can handle the commute fairly well.

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                • #9
                  SuMos are in my opinion the closest you can get to one bike for everything. There are some models better suited to going offroad (Honda CRF250) and some better suited for on road (BMW GS series) do your research, and pick wisely
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Napior View Post
                    SuMos are in my opinion the closest you can get to one bike for everything. There are some models better suited to going offroad (Honda CRF250) and some better suited for on road (BMW GS series) do your research, and pick wisely
                    To be fair, while the BMW GS Series looks similar to a super motard they arnt, they are a touring bike/dual sport more than anything, a motard/super motard are defined as a bike that was originally only for off road but converted for on road use, its just fortunit that some manufacturers pre convert from the factory, Ie like the Aprilia SXV, they are exactly like the RXV but for the road with road equipment
                    Cars Iv personally owned:
                    70 Morris Marina 1.7l auto, 87 Toyota Corona 1.8 auto, 88 Subaru Leone Turbo 1.8 Auto, 88 Honda Integra DA1 Quint GSi Manual, 67 Morris 1300 Manual, 88 BMW e30 318i Auto, 84 Nissan Pulsar 1.3l Manual,
                    93 Suzuki Super Carry 1l Manual, 90 Toyota MR2 G-limited Auto, 90 Honda Prelude INX, 77 Triumph 2500tc manual with OD, 86 Nissan Sunny B13 1.3l manual, 93 Toyota Caldina 1.8 Auto
                    77 Ford Escort Estate, 1987 Mitsi L300 man.

                    I can Never seam to make my mind up....

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                    • #11
                      You're right, I was thinking dual sport instead. Technically a super motard is a type of dual sport, no?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Napior View Post
                        You're right, I was thinking dual sport instead. Technically a super motard is a type of dual sport, no?

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                        imo.. not really, but alot of people i think would consider it so
                        Cars Iv personally owned:
                        70 Morris Marina 1.7l auto, 87 Toyota Corona 1.8 auto, 88 Subaru Leone Turbo 1.8 Auto, 88 Honda Integra DA1 Quint GSi Manual, 67 Morris 1300 Manual, 88 BMW e30 318i Auto, 84 Nissan Pulsar 1.3l Manual,
                        93 Suzuki Super Carry 1l Manual, 90 Toyota MR2 G-limited Auto, 90 Honda Prelude INX, 77 Triumph 2500tc manual with OD, 86 Nissan Sunny B13 1.3l manual, 93 Toyota Caldina 1.8 Auto
                        77 Ford Escort Estate, 1987 Mitsi L300 man.

                        I can Never seam to make my mind up....

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                        • #13
                          works a 30 minute drive on the highway, but before i get to the on ramp i sit in extreme traffic for 10 minutes watching motorcyles zoom past so that would be handy. Also want something fun you can jump over speed bumps with or take fast corners. If i don't get the motard id go with a naked.

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                          • #14
                            I would personally buy the naked. I chucked some road wheels and tyres on my 390 Husaberg a couple of months ago and rode that to school every day, and I had a blast. However, I took it on the freeway and it was just horrid. If traffic is blocked up on your work route, I believe you would get much more enjoyment out of a naked Duke or something than a motard KTM or equivalent.

                            I would only recommend the super motard if you were doing very short trips on either backroads, or tight stuff (or if you already had a road trail, like I did). Otherwise, go get yourself a naked bike - you'll actually be able to use it for more than one thing then.
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                            • #15
                              However in saying that, my Husaberg is set up to do 3 - 4 day enduro runs, so it doesn't really have the right sprockets on and suspension set up to ride on tarmac all day.
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