want to buy a motard...

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  1. sbyzfr1

    sbyzfr1 New Member

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    right so its been a while since i've owned a bike, but starting to get itchy feet...was thinking maybe buying a 748 or something to ride occasionally, but then i thought thats 8k tied up for little use...enter motard as an option...

    what am i best doing here?

    something like:
    a dirt bike (say wr450) converted to a motard which includes dirt bike gear as well so i can use to go dirt biking
    or
    something like this - http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/nort...ke-2005-ktm-640lc4-e-super-motard-/1078833834
    an actual purpose built motard?


    would be used for cruising on streets, moreso track days...

    note wifey has been informed of my intentions - but haven't struck a deal as yet.
     
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  3. lindsaymac

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    Be careful with the latter 400/450 singles. While they may go like cut cats, their maintenance schedules are pretty demanding. If you want to use it for both, then a 300 EXC would be the go; plenty of get up and go, but light enough to pick up easily, when you drop it in the bush.

    Be prepared to fork out up to a couple of grand for the road wheels, then you'll need a separate chain and sprockets (yes, BOTH sprockets), for when you swap them over. Might as well get the Fr&Rr discs while you're at it.
     
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    The Suzuki DRZ 400 is a good option as they are not in too high a state of tune but still go well. My mate has one for weekend rides and reckons it makes his other bikes redundant.
    I have a KTM640 SM which apart from vibrating like a jack hammer is awesome, and leaves everything else in its wake in the twisties. My VFR800 is beginning to feel neglected.
     
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  7. RUSS M8

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    DRZ400 mate.
    reliable, fast enough to get the idea, easy to own. Still a real mootang.

    Unlike Yam 660 cc thing they launched a while ago, it was too heavy and rode like a road bike, not a dirt bike on slicks.
     
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    but can the drz sm be converted back to a dirt bike easily enough (i.e. rims sprockets etc) or is it actually tuned/geared/setup for road use?
     
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    Yep.

    Top end life is measured in hours, not kilometres, the DR Z's a better option if you want a 4-stroke that you're not constantly rebuilding. There's a few different models; Suzuki even did a motard version - it was a slug. They don't handle long runs on the highway all that well, neither will the 300 EXC, and if that's what you were after, the DR/KLR 650's are better suited, although a bit heavier in the dirt.

    RUSS M8 will point you in the right direction, he knows stuff.

    An XR650 makes a brilliant all-rounder. Does the motard stuff really well, and if you're heading out of town, throw the 26 litre tank on, and away you go...on the back wheel, if you like.
     
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    SM610. Better in everyway than the DRZ and in my opinion better than the LC4s too!
     
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    Yeah, and the XT600. They look like a trailbike, and if you get on one after a big 4 cyl roadie, they feel a bit like one, but if you actually try and use them on dirt, not the case. They're quite good on a gravel road or a fire trail, but if you actually try and go 'trailbike' places, you'll find yourself in trouble pretty quick. What they'd go like with a 'little' front wheel, I don't know. It did cross my mind once or twice and I know Doug looked into it, but it never happened.
     
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