Decisions, decisions… The upgrade bike.
August 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm #4148
So I’m torn. I want a supermoto but I also want something that can keep up with my literbike buddies on the long rides where they seek out canyon roads in the next state over. Decisions, decisions….August 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm #27890stuParticipant
what you need is a spanking red ural with sidecar. you know you want some kickstart loving, a dog with goggles riding beside you…August 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm #27891TrialsRiderParticipant
You’re a big fella, heres’ one that kicks ass in all departments, and it’s the same weight as what you ride now ! Pack your charge card and head for the coast … the other coast.August 3, 2010 at 2:25 am #27895
That thing is awesome. Why isn’t it sold in the US? This is depressing.August 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm #27915
Sounds like the hypermotos or bigger super motos would be a good fit. Megamoto, Ducati Hypermoto, Aprilla Dorsoduro, KTM 690 or 990 Supermoto, or possibly Husky SM630.
Ofcourse these are much more expensive than the DRZ and WRX
But they are sweet looking machines.
CraigAugust 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm #27916MojoWorkingParticipant
The KTM Duke 690. I think you’ve mentioned it before.
MWAugust 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm #27917
Yes, that Duke 690 is a sweet machine and it does look like it’ll give me the best of all worlds–on paper anyway.August 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm #27900
The 690 SMC is the same engine as the Duke but with dirt bike suspension (10.5″ vs 5.5″ travel). Much more of a supermoto. The Husky SM630 would be similar. One downside might be seat height but if I remember correct that should not be a problem for you.
Is the Duke really much different than the SV650 you currently ride? Power weight and style are some what similar. Both are 650cc sport nakeds with about 65hp. Duke is a single vs the SV V-twin and Duke is lighter.
Sorry for thinking out loud in your thread but I have been having similar thoughts. Mainly I’m thinking what I might like that would give my legs a little more room than the Ninja 250R.
CraigAugust 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm #27904
Actually, a guy on the SVrider.com forum made a post saying about how he traded in his SV naked on a Duke 690 and will never go back. It’s a completely different animal with the light weight and power delivery characteristics. I also asked on supermotojunkie.com if anyone had any experience comparing the Duke 690 with the SMC and basically they told me that, in the street, the only noticeable difference is that the SMC has an uncomfortable seat and that its shorter wheelbase makes it act more like a “proper hooligan” as the guy said. It’s more prone to wheelies and quicker to turn at slow speeds. The general consensus about Duke vs. SMC was whether or not you plan on going on long trips and seeing a good amount of highway time on your bike. If so, go with the Duke. If not, go with the SMC.August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm #27906
You’ve been doing your research.
BTW I believe the BMW Megamoto was sold in the US for a couple years. Atleast I found several reviews of the bike in US based magazine for 2008 and 2009. So if true there are still probably several available new at dealers.
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