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Old 01-06-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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Where are all the supermotos going?

So I discovered lately that Husqvarna has discontinued their SM630(and te630 for that matter) and also did not see Yamaha's wr250X in the line up for next year!! I find the supermoto's to be the most fun scoot around town and up in the twisties, not to mention a good watch whenever you can see them.

Is the niche falling away already?

No more factory SM's, we have to SM our own dirt bikes from here on out?

Anyone else see a decline in market?
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:00 AM   #2
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I noticed the DRZ400 SM is no longer in production as well. I DEMAND TO KNOW THE REASON OF THIS BLASPHEMY!
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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Supermoto flashed and died. There will also be a nich market for the enthusiasts.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:34 AM   #4
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Nobody (ok... very few...) bought them so it doesn't make sense to the manufacturers to produce them. There's always going to be a few people converting dirt bikes though.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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people discovered how well dunlop 606's stick to pavement and realized there is no need for SMs.

just kidding.

SMs are very cool. i hope they don't die off.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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I could care less if they stop producing factory SM's. Easy enough to make my own.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:22 PM   #7
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I've only seen 2 Supermotos on the street around here (city of 1.5 million with lots of bikes), so it doesn't surprise me much. I've always loved the idea, look, and feel behind the bikes, but I never considered buying one; just not practical.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #8
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I never considered buying one; just not practical.


they are probably the most practical city motorcycles made.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:57 PM   #9
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they are probably the most practical city motorcycles made.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:01 PM   #10
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they are probably the most practical city motorcycles made.
+2 Cutting through parking lots, potholes, no worries while parked. All around great getaround scooters and fun.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:15 PM   #11
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they are probably the most practical city motorcycles made.
With the slight exception that a city motorcycle needs a top box or under seat storage to carry a big F.O. lock to stop the toe rags half inching your beloved steed. I have a EXC 525 and I think it is one of the best city motorcycles about, handles the shite roads, you can jump speedbumps, mine has a tiny top box for chain. Lots of factory SM bikes are not what I would call a true SM though. To me a true SM is a converted off road race bike, DRZ doesn't really fall into that category, nor do the larger factory SMs like the 690s.
Problem with mine is that it doesn't like spending time stopped at lights. Have to kill the engine if stopped at lights in summer.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:25 PM   #12
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My 990 Supermoto R is not really a supermoto IMO. Still super fun though. It seems like the KTM Supermoto 990 T and R models are not selling all that well despite good reviews and a lot of great reviews for the T version.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:39 PM   #13
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they are probably the most practical city motorcycles made.
With no luggage or passenger capabilities, and not great freeway capabilities, to me, they're not 'practical'. 'Practical' like, if I could only have one bike it would need to be 'practical'. Fun? Hell yes! If I could have numerous bikes, there'd be one in my garage in no time. But for my needs in a motorcycle(s), they're not practical. Your results will vary.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:20 PM   #14
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Yes. If you want a true supermoto, get a non-street legal 450 dirt bike, drop thousands into the engine and suspension and go race or track day to your hearts content.

The bikes I was referring to were the street legal, factory fitted, asphalt hoot'in, lane splitting, grin installing SuperMotos.

I thinks it pretty obvious that these street legal SM's are not made for racing (Aprilia SXV), nor for a one bike do everything garage and trust me I have tried...between buying street wheels and tires for my XR400R, then selling it. Then getting TE wheels for my SM610.... I finally gave up and bought the right bike for the chore. Dirt bike, around town bike, and traveler (I am working on vintage now)

To me, running errands around town there is nothing more fun then a SM, my only point is there going away.....
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:16 PM   #15
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Yes. If you want a true supermoto, get a non-street legal 450 dirt bike, drop thousands into the engine and suspension and go race or track day to your hearts content.

The bikes I was referring to were the street legal, factory fitted, asphalt hoot'in, lane splitting, grin installing SuperMotos.

I thinks it pretty obvious that these street legal SM's are not made for racing (Aprilia SXV), nor for a one bike do everything garage and trust me I have tried...between buying street wheels and tires for my XR400R, then selling it. Then getting TE wheels for my SM610.... I finally gave up and bought the right bike for the choir. Dirt bike, around town bike, and traveler (I am working on vintage now)

To me, running errands around town there is nothing more fun then a SM, my only point is there going away.....
Well sure just ignore the best of the bunch the 690 SMC to make your point. The fact is, the DRZ, and WR make crappy SM's mainly because they have such shitty power to weight ratio's. As for Husky, if they truly have discontinued the 630 SM, it's probably because something else close to it is in the works and we'll see it when they finalize their street bike lineup.

Something like this maybe:

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