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Old 02-15-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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What happened to all the super motos?

Does any company in the US still make a factory street legal super moto besides the drz400sm? what happend to husky and ktm?

EDIToes any company in the US still "import" a factory street legal super moto besides the drz400sm? what happend to husky and ktm?
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:14 PM   #2
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what happend to husky and ktm?


Million dollar question there! I don't think KTM knows what happened yet!

Husky, (AKA KTM) has no street legal 2014 bikes. KTM doesn't seem to have anything besides the Duke 690. Kawi killed the lil 250. Honda leaked pics of a 250L with SM set up but no word yet. Yamaha killed the WRX? I see they did, didn't know that.

Build your own is the best option anyway. What were you looking for?
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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I liked the idea of the wr250x but I question the power. I think a 450 would be perfect but I have no idea how to get a dirt bike street legal and tagged in VA. The super motos just vanished. Yamaha needs a wr450x! I want something light enough to play around on and throw around but with enough power also nothing crazy but you know its there.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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Any EXC 450/5XX from 07 up, add the wheels and as much brake as you can afford. 50 state legal.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:17 PM   #5
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after looking at bikes and such I am looking at a wr450... I have no idea where to start on looking for this bike
oh and sell the r1200gs to fund... poor piggy
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:20 PM   #6
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Nice bikes, only 5 speeds though. Depends on your home state DMV. Some will tag anything.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:12 PM   #7
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Just out of curiosity why the aversion to the DRZ?
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:35 PM   #8
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Just out of curiosity why the aversion to the DRZ?
Mediocrity...
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:39 PM   #9
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I know its a good bike and I also like the wr250x but I figured it wanted something with a little bit more power without having to mod it too much. I also want reliability. At the end of the day it will be down to what I can find on craigslist for a good deal. It would be pretty cool to also just have something completely out of the norm and something personal. I spend more time with my bikes then I do with my significant other and it would be nice to have something totally different and something I had to work on to accomplish.

plus a kick start would be pretty cool to have.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:55 PM   #10
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Tardy

I have a 2010 Duke 690, its very fun to ride. It does have a couple of drawbacks I wish it didn't have. It's a little to street oriented, the low slung pipe and Plastic shroud is a little close for jumping curbs and rutty stuff. It also is a little to much weight forward and shorter front forks. Which makes it handle Great! But not so much a Wheelie bike as I would have liked.
If I had a do over I may have chosen the 690 smc instead.
Not unhappy enough to sell or trade. It's a hoot!
I think the Tard market is really soft in the US, it never took off like it did in Europe.
I never understood why the Japs got stuck on the 250's.
Good for over seas markets but never will catch on here!

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Old 02-15-2014, 03:04 PM   #11
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The simple fact is they don't sell here.
If you want a sumo setup you can buy a set of wheels for about any bike from about $900 up to pretty much as much as you want to pay.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:12 PM   #12
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GlennR is in NC, and dual-sported a WR450F

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=772933

Check out the thread and touch base with Glenn. I don't recall if VA is different than NC for streeting a dirt bike. Dual-sport vs. sumo is mostly just wheels and tires, so his experience should relate to what you are planning.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:26 PM   #13
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Check out the thread and touch base with Glenn. I don't recall if VA is different than NC for streeting a dirt bike. Dual-sport vs. sumo is mostly just wheels and tires, so his experience should relate to what you are planning.
that helped a lot. Oil change ever 621 miles. I would have to change the oil every week. I guess I am going to give up a bit of performance for some ease of maintenance.
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currently looking a 05 crf450r thats been tagged in my state. hope its nice.

Any things I should look for?
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:35 PM   #15
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The WR450 makes a great supermoto. I added a set of Warp9 wheels, tires, and spare brake rotors for about $1,200.

I dropped down to a 45t rear sprocket, and a +1 front sprocket. Cruising speeds of about 65mph were acceptable.

The WR450 has great reliability, and low maintenance. Oil changes every 500 miles or so when aggressively ridden.

I had over 10,000 miles of street sumo, dualsport, and single track riding on my 2007 WR450, then the transmission let go.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I will try to help.



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