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Old 10-14-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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good supermoto for highway??

So im looking for a supermoto style bike that can do highway riding. So far the ducati hypermotard 1100 has my attention. It has the look i want and the power should be plenty for cruising at 60-70mph.

also there is the ktm 690 enduro.

Im fine with putting supermoto tire/rims on a dualsport if it will do what i want.
Also might consider getting a dirtbike converted(yamaha 450s come to mind).

my daily commute is 20miles at 65mph between two small towns. most of my riding will be tooling around in the towns then running back and forth between the two.
then maybe a 2.5hr highway ride on weekends to local parks, lakes, etc.

I know the ktm is considered high maintenance so Id like to get something with a manageable schedule if possible.

Thanks for your replies.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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I like my DR650 with sm wheels. It can cruise at 70-75mph without issue, and with some passing/hill climbing/headwind power in reserve. Mine is stripped down -- with 5 gallons in the IMS tank it weighs 346 pounds and has a 225 mile range (or more, if you're desperate). Tough as nails, simple, low maintenance, not terribly powerful but plenty for typical urban duty, at least for me.

In addition to the Hyper you might look at the Dorsoduro. Higher cost, 100 extra pounds, limited range, and reports of electrical gremlins in a complex engine management system have kept me from owning one for my year-round crappy-weather commute, but they sure do look great. The 750 I rode was a hoot!

A KTM 690R or 500EXC with sm wheels would potentially be a dream bike for me, but I just keep running into too many current/former owners who have/had issues with them. For that kind of money I would expect near perfection and consistent QC. Power-to-weight is there in spades, though.

You can probably get a good deal on a Husky 610/630 now that they've been discontinued. Be aware that the cam chain replacement interval is short (6K or 12K miles).
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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Ktm 950sm? HP2S? Both over 100hp. No conventional supermoto is going to be any good on an interstate, it'a not exactly a 450 single's forte'.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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65-70 MPH? Convert a new EXC500. It has the gear spread to really be fun in lower gears, cruise at comfy revs in higher ones. Change the oil every 1500-2500 depending on use and check the valves every winter.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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Ktm 690smc gets my vote. If needed it will cruise on the highway at 90mph without much of a problem and prob tops out @110 also has a better tank range @150 miles. If you have come from a true super motard the Ducati and Dorso have more of a streetbike feel and I wouldn't expect more than 100 miles to the tank and even less when hitting the canyons.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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If maintenance is at all a concern (which it is, as you've mentioned), stay away from a converted dirtbike (especially a race bike like the 450's). The 650's would be the exception, as they're mostly made for this type of riding (mixed highway etc).

I'd look at the new Husky 650 Strada as an option too, not extremely SuperMoto, but a nice compromise, and an unreal value.

The Buell Super TT (XB12STT) is another option if looking at the bigger machines. It's a majorly fun ride, and can be found quite cheap.

Other than those, I'd look to KTM.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:28 PM   #8
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Sounds like you'd prefer something with a bit of grunt.............................

Husqvarna Nuda 900 - very good all rounder.
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