Where are all the supermotos going?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by grinder96, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    This is why I picked up a 990 SMT. Check out the 950SM thread in Road Warriors. Quite a few set up for touring.

    Also, with the 640 I put together, it has a little TT rack, tank bag, 18l tank and I have some Ortlieb bags for it. I've done a 3 month trip with that same set up.
    2 up would still be a bad idea.

    I see what you're saying though. A full out MX bike converted to SuMo would not be pleasant on a long trip.
  2. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    It's not that bad with a Renazco seat! I've done lots of 2-up riding and am sure there are better bikes for it, but not many (any?) that are more versatile.
  3. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I agree, lots of sport bike guys coming over to SUMO bikes. A good thing.
    You don't need to go 150 mph on the street to have fun. :deal

    Both KTM and GS are great ... but pretty expensive (even used) and maintenance intensive. On the road both are better/faster/smoother than my DR650. A talented mechanic can keep them going but most need dealer help to solve things like ABS or CANbus fault codes of the BMW.

    I've got about $3500 into my DR650 ... and it hasn't cost a dime beyond tires, oil, chain/sprockets ... and it's never left me stranded. Off road it crashes a HELL OF A LOT better than any plastic clad KTM or GS or fancy SUMO bike. So cheaper there too.
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    If you crash riding alone in the Desert, its nice to have a bike that you know will keep going and not sustain much damage. Don't want to end up like the bleached bones in this pic :eek1 (Baja). Both the KTM and GS can do OK on mild off road. But fully loaded can be a handful in deep sand or more technical rocky/steep going.
    Anyone ever ridden a SUMO in deep sand? Somehow those 17" tires just don't work! :lol3

    The DR650, once set up, does pretty well. A SUMO version could do OK but I might be a bit nervous about the 17" sport bike wheels getting dinged or cracked.
    I've ridden the DR650 through Baja many times. It's set up as a RTW bike ... just haven't found the time/money to actually DO a RTW trip. :baldy
    Only made it to Guatemala so far, out to Colorado and back and another trip out to Moab. No trucks or trailers, I rode there ... and back. Near 50,000 miles now.

    Sumo's are perfect for weekend day riders who want to get out and rip up the back roads. Nothing better ... and safer and really more fun than a 150 HP sport bike.
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    I bought a DR650SM this summer largely because the roads where I live are very poorly maintained and I was getting beat up on my road bikes...love it and ended up selling my Monster and buying a Tiger 955i, short travel suspension didn't cut it any more. The DR works great on the dirt roads I ride as is, will buy a 19" front wheel and run ADV tires if I get more ambitious...that way both bikes would run the same tire sizes (150/70-17 and 110/80-19)

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  5. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    The key is to have two wheel sets each intended for their primary purpose and the right machine that they can be bolted to. I use a 21/18 dirt set up to get me in remote locations..


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  6. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    That looks like a pass going out of Ophir, Colorado. Is it?
    I'll post up a pic I have of that area. Looks almost identical. Snow and all!
  7. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    not Ophir pass.. the first photo is heading up to Imogene Pass out of Teluride

    The second photo is from the end of Yankee Boy Basin.. if my memory serves me correctly

    coming down the other side of Imogene,, took a few hours to clear the snow that had drifted deeply over the road enough to allow a safe descent without going over the edge or getting continually stuck and digging out .. sorry about the hyjack


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  8. Adv Grifter

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    No Hijack ... who doesn't like great pics with bikes in them?
    I did those Colorado passes on street tires! MY BAD!
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    My poor DR had Avon Distanzias (Blue bike). All the KLR's had knobbies.
    This was in July!
  9. JerryH

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    Supermotos are great bikes, but do not have wide appeal. Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda all dropped them because they did not sell well enough to be profitable. If you want one, just get a dual sport and build it. I never considered buying one, because none of them came with centerstands, and they use tubeless tires with tubes in them. I considered buying a used DR650 and building a supermoto out of it. It's a simple air cooled carbed bike, and an aftermarket centerstand is available for it. I might still do it, but I have bought and sold so many bikes lately I no longer have any extra cash.
  10. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Yes! That's the one! Teluride!

    It's been a few years.

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    I knew it looked familiar. Did it as part of the TAT.