Where are all the supermotos going?

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

  1. crash279

    crash279 DFW Supermoto Crew

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  2. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    for my understanding this is a racing rain tire, most probably an older metz or michelin...
    being an aircraft engineer I at least can say I never saw a plane where such a tire was fitted... :1drink
  3. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    Meaning you really like this most probably perfect working, but ugliest headlight ever seen :D
  4. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    I feel the same way....but I've never ridden a supermoto, so I'm going to reserve final judgement till I get a chance :D
  5. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    Make sure that you ride it off-road with 70/30 tires. Watch the videos - the dirt performance is awesome, as long as you're not trying difficult single-track.

    The tire/suspensoin combination make the urban curbs, bumps and potholes disappear, just like on a DS, but with much better street manners. A true SM is but built on a racing MX/Enduro chassis - a DS with SM wheels and tires, adjusted suspension and rake/trail is simply a DS with a different set of compromises. Some like it, some don't but they rail almost anywhere they go!

    Edit: I think that the reason that they didn't really catch on in the USA is that there hasn't been a consistent racing series here to promote the concept, or am I wrong? They started the racing series in Europe, right? and the trend went pretty quickly to the streets?
  6. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Here was my DR650...


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    The fellas, in the DR650 thread, told me that I would regret getting rid of it. And, they were absolutely correct. I absolutely do.

    I don't regret most of the bikes that I've sold. I had them, enjoyed them, and then passed-them-on, for someone else to enjoy. But, for some reason, the loss of the DR650 still resonates.

    As far as supermotos, in general, this is exactly how I feel...



    In my humble opinion, nothing tempts grown men, into acting like jackasses, like a supermoto. Most can't resist the draw...


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  7. Ned1

    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    ^^ to the point of dicing car door handles at 80mph on 40mph roads around a software factory that was typically full of clueless n00b drivers from overseas.... I sold my road wheels because I wanted to live long enough to teach my kids how to ride... well, they can ride now and I did just land a crisp '07 525 and it's begging for some road hoops :evil
  8. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    good to hear that the SM wheels have worked well for long distance dirt riding....I bought my DR650 this summer already set up for supermoto and considered buying a set of dirt wheels but for the few dirt road rides I have done so far the SM wheels with Avon Roadrunners have been working fine....
  9. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Mounted up my new sumo wheel set last weekend with some Distantzias.. Surely transforms the TE630 for hardpack/tarmac use.

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  10. thisflatearth

    thisflatearth 2 wheel has been

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    Fast1 that is beautiful details on the wheelsets?
  11. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    I totally admit to missing my XR650R Sumo.....gone but not forgotten.......still scheming on which Sumo with an e-start should replace it.......

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    It even looked great next to the classic GS.......and he didn't come close to keeping up........

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  12. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Don't think I'd use them for strictly racing purposes however they do sport some nice cosmetic styling. Made by Warp 9

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  13. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    That's pretty!

    I scored a nice deal on an older KTM 640E. It's now got 17's and Distanzias.

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  14. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Those are sweet.. excel rims too.

    Right now I could use what you have stacked second from the top of the tire pile behind your bike. :D
  15. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    They'll be going on something, soon. :clap
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  17. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    When I had more income and extra money for bikes I had a Sumo bike. Two actually. A KTM Duke ll, then a KTM Sumo (2002)

    Great fun for hooligan antics and great on the twisty's. But totally useless for most of the riding I now do. I actually GO PLACES ... for days or weeks at a time. I rarely see SUMO's set up for touring. I struggled to strap a duffel on the back, so two to three days max and never two up.

    And what do they do when the pavement ends? On my DR650 I just down shift and keep going. I'm an X flat tracker ... so I know how to slide around ... but get going too quick on dirt on a SUMO and you're going over the edge.

    In the City for Hooligan fun they can't be beat. ... but thieves love them ... so watch out. :eek1
    The fad is over ... has been for a while now. It's over in Europe too. DONE.
    I still love the racing we have on our local Kart Track!

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    My old KTM Duke ll. Good but not great.
  18. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    What are those wheels?
  19. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Stock .... BBS I believe ... soft like butter. Bent them twice just doing normal road riding on our bumpy Nor Cal roads.
  20. speedmaster

    speedmaster Been here awhile

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    Wouldn’t a KTM Adventurer or BMW GS be better for long distance touring? <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I ride my DR650 with 17” wheels more than any other bike I’ve owned. Usage of a particular motorcycle depends on geographical location and rider preference more than anything else. I wouldn’t trade my current set up for anything else (except maybe a sumo’ed KTM 690) . I think there will always be a place for supermoto type bikes, but I’ll agree it will never be a huge part of the overall motorcycle market.<o:p></o:p>
    As far as the fad goes there still seems to be a lot of ex-sportbike riders switching to supermoto, maybe a sign of the economy?<o:p></o:p>