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post #41 of 49 (permalink) Old 11-16-2004, 04:35 AM
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I'm selling both of my street bikes and going motard style in the spring....
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post #42 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 11:28 AM
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Having talked to many a racer of SuperMotard and after seeing some wickedly bad mini bikes 50 - 100 cc Sm bikes heres my 2 cents. Get a new or used CR450f. Lace your hub with 17 inch wheels and spokes and attach street tires, and your off. you may want to change the gearing to a bit higher top end, but other than that your done. You can get turn signals and such off of the CR450x, but you dont want to use that as a base bike because its a trail bike, not as much punch as a 450f. I have a CR250 and my friend can wheelie past me with ease. The power of a 250 Two-Stroke is nothing compaired to these machines, you could commute with this engine, not mix oil, outrun most cages upto about 90 MPH and still have a wheelie maniac. IMO this is the best set up for a weekend worriar/Commuter and no-one, I repeat no-one will have a bike like yours at the next stoplight that you pull up to. Once aain just what I think, but hey if the shoe fits...
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post #43 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 12:17 PM
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Re: Super motard

Originally posted by Smeghead
I wager that down a twistie road, a sportbike will have a tough time keeping up with these lunatic bikes

Are you f'ing kidding me?
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post #44 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 01:03 PM
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these are fun!! right off the showroom floor
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post #45 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 02:28 PM
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In my day they called it a T/S400, only the suspension sucked! I think the T/S stood for trail/street. I loved mine. think I had about 50,000 miles on it.

A few ccs short of a full litre.
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post #46 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 04:27 PM
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Re: Re: Super motard

Originally posted by mainerdr
Are you f'ing kidding me?
I would have thought the same thing till I witnessed KTM's at Deals Gap this weekend .. the one fella in our group on a KTM was riding the tail of a fella on a 954 that is kick ass fast through there.... I think if the fella on the KTM knew the road as well as the 954 he'd had no problem out runnin him through there.... those things are killer...

not for me but sure awesome to watch... if they post up any video I'll throw up a link for ya'll to see...


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On a tight track or a tight road, a Motard will run away from a sportbike...
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post #48 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-23-2006, 08:19 PM
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i dont know if this has been asked...but waht kind of stuff do i have to go through to take say... the 450 or 560 SMR and make it streetable. all i need is what, working brake light, head light and thats it right? any kind of reprocussions for driving it at sustained speeds and stuff? cooling problems? this is a new idea for me, so any help would be appreciated.
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post #49 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-15-2007, 03:13 AM
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Hey Man

I know this is an old post, but the info here might still be relevant.

A few years ago I had a KX500 on the road in Scotland.
I did go over the top as far as making it like a normal road bike ie: indicators alloy wheels, idiot lights and a colour television on the instument console.

Go to for loads of info, magazine articles, photos of the bike.

I don't know of any changes in the law up to now, but around 1994 it was very easy to make a motocrosser 100% street legal.
All you really needed were trail tyres, nothing else.
You didn't even need lights, a speedo or a reflector, as long as the bike was driven during daylight hours.
The noise level of the exhuast might come into it depending on the mot station.
I also went over the top trying to quieten down the exhuast.
To get mine on the road (before I customised it), I had to :
Take it to the main police station to get the frame and engine numbers checked for theft.
Get it mot'd, road tyres and a plastic guard over the front sprocket (about 5)
Then register it (I ended up with a Q plate), and insure it (had to phone around a bit to get it insured).
I would recommend it if you want a bit of fun and thrills, but my bike in particular was not very practical.
I got roughly 20 miles per gallon and the magneto coils kept breaking sometimes leaving me stuck.
Rebuilding the heads regularly is only done when using the bike in competition as you want the engine in a high state of tune.
I've never touched the barrel on mine.
I enjoyed every minute driving mine mostly on one wheel till I got caught wheelying at around 70mph in a 30 zone (no traffic or people about).
Banned for dangerous driving and ordered to resit every test I had passed before.
I had to resit my car test and since then I haven't resat my bike test as it costs a fortune.

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