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Now that I live in BFE - it occurs to me that I'm frighteningly close to actual roads that I might actually want to ride an actual motorcyle on again. (as opposed to my beloved city streets)

Now that I'm older - I don't feel so compelled to break the sound barrier down a country road - and trackdays require money that my new family has allocated elsewhere. That said - the sumo craze and standards hold a place in my heart.

Question: How long can you ride a sumo before your arse hurts? Any commuter value whatsoever if there is hwy involved?

Also - other than the fact that I felt like a monkey effing a football on mine, any reason not to get another SV on the cheap and smile like an idiot for the next few seasons?

there. A proper bike thread.


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Duuuuuuude... I like the cut of your jib.

Think we can get the band back together? Should we have Ken organize the group buy?

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Guess I could chime in here since I have owned and rode my fair share of motards. If you get a true motard riding on the express way will be miserable for any long distances. I limit my highway riding but if you plan on riding any other roads you can ride all day. It wil take a little getting use too but ur ass will get use to it.

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these are the tru street legal tards that have dirtbike seats


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These two above can be ridding like a sportbike. You will never get sore. Highway/streetriding/random trackday will work with no issues.


As you know I have a couple of motards so if you wanna test ride one you can.
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Maynard - I put 50+ hours in this summer on the dirtbike. I was going to go pro this year but the field looked a little busy and I didn't want to be outshined.

CP - I value my testicle too much to go down that path. That's right, I'm willing to forego fame and fortune and lots of mile long threads about how I justify something called a bike race where all the riders hop off their bikes and run around most of the time......for my precious testie. (and Precious Testie has sweet band name potential)

G2G - Good to know. A sumo would for sure be the most fun on the local roads. Probably not practical for much else - but what little money I have is earmarked for a toy - so I suppose I shouldn't compromise and just get something fun.

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Street Tard with an aftermarket seat and you are golden

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I am a firm believer that the 600cc and up is best for the street - Lower Maint Levels than a 450/510 type motor aka not as high strung

On the cheap......Husky 610 with an aftermarket seat and you are golden for $4K

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Good post Patrick.. I live in the far N. burbs and have been contimplating a Sumo/street bike for some time now. I have looked into the most obvious, a DRZ400SM but have recently seen some Husky's, Aprilias etc which look AWESOME but parts are more $ (I assume) and have also seen some XR650, XR400, WR450 etc. which may also work. I hear the DRZ is slower and heavier but still has huge fun factor for a sumo noob like me, but the heavier - slower thing can be taken care of with some mods of course I will be looking soon though, I have the R6 track bike still but want something to commute with and have fun on when not at the track.

Edit... Patrick, this one seems damn good:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/mcy/3512556421.html

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KTM 690


These two above can be ridding like a sportbike. You will never get sore. Highway/streetriding/random trackday will work with no issues.


As you know I have a couple of motards so if you wanna test ride one you can.
i know i'll hear it from steve but i cant hold back

WRONG

you should not use a 690 like a sportbike, its a great bike, as a second bike, but wont do sportbike duty, everyone ( who never owned a 690) got on my case for telling pat this, told me how wrong i was, but then you saw pat sell his a few months after buying it, its great in the city, bad roads, exit ramps, but after 20 min on the highway i'm looking for an exit, it tops out at 110 so at 80 its revvin a bit much for extended use ( ive hear numerous warnings about wearing out the motor with high rpms and any reports of someone on adv rider with 80K on a 690 i call BS ) and the seat is not comfy for distance either
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i know i'll hear it from steve but i cant hold back

WRONG

you should not use a 690 like a sportbike, its a great bike, as a second bike, but wont do sportbike duty, everyone ( who never owned a 690) got on my case for telling pat this, told me how wrong i was, but then you saw pat sell his a few months after buying it, its great in the city, bad roads, exit ramps, but after 20 min on the highway i'm looking for an exit, it tops out at 110 so at 80 its revvin a bit much for extended use ( ive hear numerous warnings about wearing out the motor with high rpms and any reports of someone on adv rider with 80K on a 690 i call BS ) and the seat is not comfy for distance either
If you cannot last 20 min on the xway on a 690 then there is something wrong with you.
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say what you want, but any 650 single is a terrible choice for highwaty duty and wont last half the miles a sv650 would give you before wearing out,, its a high performance motor ( not as much so as a 450( i had to say this to keep bug happy) but still) and if someone wants to pay the $ for a 690 just to wear it out on the highway go for it , but buyer beware , it would be a great trackday bike but it tops out early on the long straight, i'm just mechanically paranoid its gonna KA-BOOM if revved too much for too long
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I wonder if SmartDrug has since installed strobe lights and some deer antlers on the front of that thing in his tireless efforts to ruin it.

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I wonder if SmartDrug has since installed strobe lights and some deer antlers on the front of that thing in his tireless efforts to ruin it.
I'd do it again. I'd probably start with a real clapped out heap for cheap and try to keep it cheap and less clapped out.

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Tell me this is NOT a metaphor.....

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