Originally Posted by speedmaster
Wouldn’t a KTM Adventurer or BMW GS be better for long distance touring?
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.
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?
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)