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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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to motard or not?

Hello, Im currently debating whether or not supermoto is for me or not. Main reason im getting onto a bike in the first place is to save money as my truck gets 12mpg at best and i have a 50 mile round trip commute each day during the summer and then school is 20 blocks round trip. lol I was initially looking at a sportbike, but i think i'll get myself into trouble on those and i think a supermoto would be more fun and versatile as I will be going on dirt/gravel/cleche roads sometimes when I go out to our ranch occasionally which is about 130 miles away. Basically I guess I want to know how 'everyday streetable" a SM is and if it could handle occasional long trips such as the 130 miler i mentioned. Im looking at buying a used already motarded YZF426 and some DRZ400's and possibly converting a YZF/YZ 426/400 or YZ/F 250, or possibly a CR/CRF 250/450 Im guessing a four-stroke would better suit my needs. lol

Also, is it required by law (in texas specifically) to have a motorcycle endorsement on your license to operate a street-legal SM on the street??

Thanks in advance and sorry for the nine billion questions!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 01:40 PM
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I've heard that commuting on a supermotard is a blast. Very lightweight, flickable bikes that are great for carving up traffic. Plus, for the occasional off-road use you mentioned, a supermotard seems like just the bike for you.

I have also heard that supermotard's are not particularly comfortable for longer rides/touring. However, 130 miles shouldn't be a problem at all.

I'm pretty sure you'll need a motorcycle endorsement.

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On the endorsement, anything you ride that's over some cc minimum (varies by state) requires a license to operate that vehicle in every state.

As a partly on-topic aside, this is partly why, in some locales, scooters are so popular among older, scraggly men. They normally have gotten a DUI and a license revocation, so a scooter is their only speedy option; thus the colloquialism "DUIcycle".

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Hello, Im currently debating whether or not supermoto is for me or not. Main reason im getting onto a bike in the first place is to save money as my truck gets 12mpg at best and i have a 50 mile round trip commute each day during the summer and then school is 20 blocks round trip. lol I was initially looking at a sportbike, but i think i'll get myself into trouble on those and i think a supermoto would be more fun and versatile as car Accessories will be going on dirt/gravel/cleche roads sometimes when I go out to our ranch occasionally which is about 130 miles away. Basically I guess I want to know how 'everyday streetable" a SM is and if it could handle occasional long trips such as the 130 miler i mentioned. Im looking at buying a used already motarded YZF426 and some DRZ400's and possibly converting a YZF/YZ 426/400 or YZ/F 250, or possibly a CR/CRF 250/450 Im guessing a four-stroke would better suit my needs. lol

Also, is it required by law (in texas specifically) to have a motorcycle endorsement on your license to operate a street-legal SM on the street??

Thanks in advance and sorry for the nine billion questions!
Supermoto is the greatest. I actually got one and it's a blast. Don't let anyone else tell you other wise.
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I'm having the same issue, but I think this thread helped convince me and change me over.
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The Motard is more of a scooter/toy... It's not plausible for long distance riding. With that being said, I still am going to buy one
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I have a Yamaha WR450 that I dirt ride. I recently bought some SM wheels and tires and started road riding it for local riding. It's a lot different than riding a street bike, for sure. It is fun because it's light and quick. Feels perfect for running errands, going to the gym, etc. It's fast enough to be entertaining. Switching back to off road trim is about a 30-45 min job, and involves changing the wheels, chain and removing the front brake caliper adapter for the smaller rotor on the dirt wheels. Pretty simple, really.
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