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    also consider street legal requirements. in California you can no longer register an XR650R for on road use. Only ones already registered as of about a year ago I think before the law changed can be plated! glad I got mine....

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    The Husaberg has insane power but you should rebuild at 50hrs its definetly worth it the berg is the most fun street tard that I have ever ridden
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    Hi Fellas,

    Up here in the Wild West we can get away with things that you would get arrested for in the US.

    Guys here ride RM 250s, KTM SXs, CRF, YZfs and I ride a CR 500 on the Street.
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    The 525/450 only need a feller gauge, screw driver and a 8mm (I think) wrench to adj the valves. Pull the tank and adj away. It is easier if you pull the radiators too.

    More hwy, get the XR. If I had dirt roads around, I'd get the KTM.

    The KTM is more unique (if that matters to you), Red bikes are everywhere.

    If I thought I might race, I'd get the KTM. Making the KTM street legal is simple (KTM Cycle Hutt sells an all OEM kit).

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    Default Im a re-tard, well almost.

    I had a tard, sold it, got a GSXR, am trading it for another tard, so does that make me a re-tard?

    Anywho, on the deal about comfort on a "commute" of 35 miles on a tard being a beating...WHAT! I rode my GSXR to work a bunch last Summer and I live abut 35 miles from work. That thing is a friggin beating, the racer crouch, the low bars, the little bitty seat. I use to hae the MZ125SM in my avatar, I rode it to and from work a bunch befoer I sold it. It was like a caddilac compared to the froggin GSXR! And it was a 125! I am getting a street plated XR600R tat has been SuMOed and that thing is comfy compareed to the GSXR! I love the big Jap singles for SUMO, so reliable and are completely capable of even a short touring gig if you are going only a few hundred miles a day and stop often enough. Actually Im haveing so much more fun riding a SuMo than anything else I don't think about comfort!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper X
    I had a tard, sold it, got a GSXR, am trading it for another tard, so does that make me a re-tard?

    Anywho, on the deal about comfort on a "commute" of 35 miles on a tard being a beating...WHAT! I rode my GSXR to work a bunch last Summer and I live abut 35 miles from work. That thing is a friggin beating, the racer crouch, the low bars, the little bitty seat.
    My 'tarded XR650L beats me up less than driving my Miata (Rock hard suspension; KONI Yellows, big sways etc). The XR650L is probably the most comfy bike you can ride in the city, big seat, tons of suspension to soak up the bumps. It's not too fun on the highway though especially if it's windy. I stick mainly to B roads.

    The Monster I had briefly (basically was just in middle man in a deal for my buddy in TX), and that bike was a decent ride, as long as the road wasn't too rough. My Dad has a couple year old ZX-9 and it has the comfiest sportbike seat, alot more padding and less hunched over seating position than many other sportbikes. Definetly good for a 52yr/old. I've got a friend that is a real iron butt, he used to ride his R-6 between Pensacola and New Orleans almost every other weekend and down to Daytona a lot too. I imagine long rides on something like a 450SMR, might beat ya up some, but I think it's just subjective and what each individual is used to.

    Oh yeah, if you're comming from a Fast Bike, you might find a XRL or DRZ to be too slow. It's perfect for me because I'm a pretty inexperience rider (learned to ride 12+yrs ago, but never owned my own bike). The only injury I've gotten so far was trying to ride like that guy splashing though a water corssing, except when I got to the other side the bike was on top of me

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    [QUOTE=Sniper X]I had a tard, sold it, got a GSXR, am trading it for another tard, so does that make me a re-tard?


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    Default Got it, here it is...

    Ok, Im officially a Re-Tard!

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    1st post, thought I'd add a bit...

    I like my Xr650R motard a lot. Does everything I want pretty well. Cheap(ish), big, fast, powerfull(ish), realible, little maintanace, etc. While certainly heavier than more specialised machines, it is hard to beat for heavy use, day in day out, commuting, fanging, track days, trail riding, 500 mile days, etc, etc.

    Most importantly (for a motard), it is fantastic fun

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    Best. Thread. Ever.

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    Default Potential SMoto rider wit sum kwestions...

    Hey everyone. I have a buddy with an 05 DRZSM, he messed up and let me ride it, and now i'm aching for a Tard even more than before. I've also ridden a KTM 525 and Jeezuz that thing was FUUUUUN.

    Lemme see if I can set this up so it makes sense and I can get some help here:
    I'm currently on an 00' SV650 and I DO love that bike, but I think I'd LOVE a Tard too and it might actually fit my needs better as well as be more FUN all-around. I'm toying with the idea of selling the SV and getting some kinda Motard. Most of the riding I do is around town, good bit of time in the mountains, and the occasional Track Day.

    My friend with the DRZSM, i know he's on here, but i'm not sure what his name is on this board... might be Gregman1 or something. Anyway, i've talked to him AT LENGTH about what it's like actually living with one day to day. He obviously loves it, but he said it does have it's drawbacks. Limited tank range, for one. He said he gets about 90 miles per tank or less. I'm not too excited about that. He said you can get a bigger tank, like 3.2 gallons or something? Basically, I'd really want at least 120-130 miles to a tank at a minimum, unless ya'll say it really isn't a big deal. He said the seat isn't so great, so he likes a break from it every 80 miles or so anyway while gassing back up.

    Gotta go for now. i have a few other thing i'm curious about but i'll have to get to that later.

    Thanx in advance guys!
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    Sounds like the range nad comfort you seek can either be had by a KTM LC4 motard or XR650 or Suzuki 650SE mtarded out. Seats are all half decent and the best mileage.
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    My first advice is: learn to spell

    Second - you don't NEED a bigger tank, but it's nice. and DEFINATELY get one with a reserve. If you run out you don't want to be pushing the bike to the nearest service station.

    Third - the seat's suck no matter what you get. Some suck worse than others.

    Fourth - Just dive in!!!! No matter which you choose They're all a $#!T load of fun!!!

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    Oh... Soory. eye'll tri reel haard to lern how ta spelll fer ya.

    Seriously though, one thing I forgot to mention, I'd really like to keep it under $3500 max. I don't even know what my options are in that price range. I've heard you can get KTM 525's for that, but i'd be surprised. I've also heard the LC4's require a lot of maintenance because it's a pure race motor, and I found out first hand that they vibe a lot.

    I think the XR650R is supposed to be an excellent platform, but they're probly pretty pricey, aren't they? Two bike's i like are the YZ426 and WR400, and I think it's pretty easy to get them titled for the street here in Georgia. How much do YZ426's and WR400's go for? I'm willing to do the Tard conversions, but I just don't wanna spend much more than $3500 total.

    I'm good with a wrench and do all my own work, so maintenance isn't a big deal, but I don't wanna HAVE TO work on it alot.

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    "I've also heard the LC4's require a lot of maintenance"

    You've got it backwards, they require less maintenance. They're NOT "pure race motors" at all. Maybe you're thinking of the RFS bikes? Just remember tarding a bike can be pretty costly, so you might want to look for one that someone has already tarded. Also, making one street legal can add to the price if it's not already. Not trying to put a damper on your plans, it definitely can be done for that price.

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    you have to work to be a retard,
    at least two hard crashes,..at least

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    Yeah, I'd definitely prefer one already tarded. I'm just saying that if building it myself would be a money saver,I'm willing to do that, but if that's not really the case, I'd DEFINITELY rather have one that's already done, especially if it's a KTM. Since they come with all the premium components, that would save me time and money on upgrades.

    What should I look for in the $3000-$3500 range? Can you even GET a 400/450/525/etc in that price range?

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    twin talon, you've been merged. your question is prolly the most common asked (besides big bars for the drz and look at that hypertard!). take a read through this thread, it'll take you a while but you'll figure out what bike is best for you.

    i'd look for a non thrashed lc4, mz baghira, or a drz pre converted. cheers

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    Default which SM????

    I've been riding bikes since I was a kid (10 or 12 years old). I've had dozens of streetbikes, and a few dirtbikes. My current streetbike is a 2003 Z1000 Kawasaki. I used to have an old 1996 XR400, and I've ridden a bunch of dirtbikes/supermotos, including:

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    DR400SM
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    The XR400 I used to own might be a good SM bike, I know they are affordable if I buy a mid-late 90's model. Low maintenance, and they look cool....

    The CRF450R was an absolute RIPPER, but that might be kinda pricey.....

    The CRF250X wouldn't be enough motor out on the road for me......

    The 2 strokes are cool and affordable, but really, a street legal 2 stroke CR250 or RM250??????!!!! Heck, if I'm gonna do that, I'll do it with a CR/KX500! :-)

    The DR400sm I rode was 100% stock, and felt, well, kinda gutless...... They are also kinda pricey, since they are still pretty new to the market, but they do come titled and ready to go.....

    The DR400s I rode was not what I'd consider SM material, not without some mod work, but I could get a 2000 model with a title and ready to ride at a good price, then throw some money/mods at it....

    The KTM Duke was "too much" of a streetbike (and too pricey)

    What about the YZ426? A lot like the CRF450R, no? If I am not mistaken, the WR400/WR426 is more like an improved/updated/more modern XR400, but not as "spicy" as a CRF450/YZF426, correct? Pro's and cons to a XR650R? I know there's lot's of motor there! I'm planning on something I can just knock around town on, maybe do a trackday everynow and then, trailer/truck it to the mountains, that kind of thing. I fit all of 'em, I'm 6'3" and 240lbs.

    I'd LIKE to just buy one that's titled and ready to go, to save the hassle. My guess is by the time I take a non-legal bike and make it street legal/cool with all the SM parts, I'd have done better to have just bought a ready to ride and already titled bike. I don't want to spend a fortune, $3000 would be awesome. I do have a friend with a 2000 DR400s that he said he'd sell to me for +/- $1500......

    ?????

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    Do you like to maintain your own bikes? Are you planning on doing much mileage?

    If you don't mind 500 kilometre oil changes then by all accounts I'd look at a WR, as it'll have good bang for your buck, but you have the titling problem over there. You can wake a DRZ up no drama, but requires a bit of work to do - cams are cheap, as are base gaskets, wihch will certainly get you on your way. But having the motor apart is fun for some people but a sheer chore or unattainable for others.

    Other than those listed, check out the big KTM (LC4 or 625SMC) and Husky 610 as well since they'll have road title and much less road bike oriented than the duke, depends on how much clam you want to part with of course...
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    Mergeing yet another "which bike do I buy thread". Please do a search next time. Thankyou.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdsbigzrx
    I've been riding bikes since I was a kid (10 or 12 years old). I've had dozens of streetbikes, and a few dirtbikes. My current streetbike is a 2003 Z1000 Kawasaki. ................?????

    Hey Brian What's Up, Giannis Here so you gettin into Supermotos?

    If you are going to use the bike mostly for street use get a WR450, KTM EXC,or LC4, XR650R or DRZ400, if you looking for trackdays all the above can go fast but the Big KTM (525,560) Husqvarnas or CRF (and any other Japanese MX bike) would be the best...

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    Many people buy bikes cheap then throw TONS of money into em to make em tarded and street legal. Why they just don't buy a bike that's in SM trim and got a title, is a huge mystery! They don't have a problem buying a bike for $2000., that's been beat on, then put $1500-$2000 (to tard and tag it, not including suspension work)! Now you've got an underpowered piece of crap, with a worn out dirt suspension, and requires alot of maintenance, with really nice supermoto wheels!

    Buy a DRZ-SM, and if you want more power buy a 625 SMC/Husky 610!
    Want a bike that's more track worthy and still streetable/maintenance free?
    Remove the e-start from a '04 SMC and race the balls off of it!!!
    Race bike performance with streetbike durability.
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    I'm thinking about just buying a RM450 motor, then building brackets to stuff it in my DRZSM... That'll solve everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRoc
    Many people buy bikes cheap then throw TONS of money into em to make em tarded and street legal. Why they just don't buy a bike that's in SM trim and got a title, is a huge mystery! They don't have a problem buying a bike for $2000., that's been beat on, then put $1500-$2000 (to tard and tag it, not including suspension work)! Now you've got an underpowered piece of crap, with a worn out dirt suspension, and requires alot of maintenance, with really nice supermoto wheels!

    Buy a DRZ-SM, and if you want more power buy a 625 SMC/Husky 610!
    Want a bike that's more track worthy and still streetable/maintenance free?
    Remove the e-start from a '04 SMC and race the balls off of it!!!
    Race bike performance with streetbike durability.
    well said ma man. we could just delete this whole damm thread, add xr650 somewhere in your second paragraph, and whammo, done.

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    Default DRZ 400SM or KTM 625SMC or?

    Need to get a ride for the street. I've rode dirtbikes for years and this will be my first street legal bike. I loved the drz400sm when I first saw it but after pokeing around I was scared it would be under powered. That's why I looked toward the ktm625smc, there is a 04 for sale in my area. I would ride about 30 miles each way, on the freeway about twice a month. The rest would be back and forth to work on the streets and the twistys 2 miles away. I weigh 150. What bike do you guys recomend?

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    Welcome to the supermoto world! I think you can have alot of fun on either one. If you can afford it, the KTM is pretty fraggin cool.
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    If you are on the street get a KTM 625, XR650R, or Husky 610. Keep the 400's for the track in my mind.
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    The DRZ has my vote. I'm sure you can't go wrong with the KTM either (depends on you cash flow).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewDown
    Need to get a ride for the street. I've rode dirtbikes for years and this will be my first street legal bike. I loved the drz400sm when I first saw it but after pokeing around I was scared it would be under powered. That's why I looked toward the ktm625smc, there is a 04 for sale in my area. I would ride about 30 miles each way, on the freeway about twice a month. The rest would be back and forth to work on the streets and the twistys 2 miles away. I weigh 150. What bike do you guys recomend?
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    I'm new here. Been on advrider. Thinking of getting a smoto bike that I can ride on the street and maybe try raceing a couple times. I used to race mx 30 years ago, and did it fi a year in 2001 on 520 exc. (wish I kept it now to motard) My question is what do you think would be a good choice? I'm thinking about a husky 610 cause I used to race those. Thanks....Rick

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    What Kind Of Bike Is That In The Photo Above? (jumping With Tires Stacked In Background) New To This Stuff-thanks Looks Like Huge Fun-dlo

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLO
    What Kind Of Bike Is That In The Photo Above? (jumping With Tires Stacked In Background) New To This Stuff-thanks Looks Like Huge Fun-dlo
    that was my old 98 wr400 i've since sold and got a drz400. they can all do that

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    OK, future thinking here... I have a MZ 125SM which is great for the track, decent for the street, and excellent on the backroads. However, I need something that can carry me to my friend's cabin; it's about 1hr or so on the freeway, but around there are some excellent SM roads. I've narrowed it down to:

    MZ Black Panther
    KTM 625SMC
    DRZ400SM, modded (carb/pipe/3x3).

    The lack of aftermarket for the MZ is scaring me off (already dealing with that hassle with the 125!). Plus, I'd like to add, my insurance bases rates on CC, so the DRZ would save me ~$400 a year. But if the engine blows after that long on the freeway, then the cost-savings are a wash. What do you all think? Are there any I'm missing? Which one is the best tool for the job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew

    MZ Black Panther
    KTM 625SMC
    DRZ400SM, modded (carb/pipe/3x3).

    The lack of aftermarket for the MZ is scaring me off (already dealing with that hassle with the 125!). Plus, I'd like to add, my insurance bases rates on CC, so the DRZ would save me ~$400 a year. But if the engine blows after that long on the freeway, then the cost-savings are a wash. What do you all think? Are there any I'm missing? Which one is the best tool for the job?
    Drew,
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    the drz feels the same at 80mph as the ktm. if power is your priority (doubt it since you own a mz) go with the ktm. if reliablity is your priority go with the drz. I've owned both and prefer the smaller feeling package of the drz. both will do the job very well.

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    I've got a dr-z tarded with fcr at a great price, 2000 model. Got some mods done to it, I cruise around town a lot and its ok, kinda buzzy still at low speeds but with the FCR you got the instant throttle responce that you need.

    For commuting this bike got it all. Its light for a streetbike, it has nice control and at the crappy roads we have here its fast as hell. I can go for high mile trips, I'm not sure if the girls got what it takes to come with me lol... Seat is fine just a bit narrow..

    Best thing is,I've been kicking this bike every night for a year and it doesn't require anything at all... Reliability = less fear of ripping it up = ride faster.. I'm buying a lot of stuff anyway, upgrading step by step. I dont think I'll sell it anyway

    Just my dream tard...
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    Default ktm 640 sm or husky 610 sm

    Was wondering wich of these bikes you think would be the most comfortable long ride bike. Thinking about the availability of bigger tanks comfier seats bar risers etc. All the things that make for a comy long trip bike. Thanks....Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick danger
    Was wondering wich of these bikes you think would be the most comfortable long ride bike. Thinking about the availability of bigger tanks comfier seats bar risers etc. All the things that make for a comy long trip bike. Thanks....Rick
    klr650's are excellent mileage munchers, and would make a very fun super-touring-moto. often called the "poor man's gs", but in alot of ways it's a better call. for real miles, that's the only one i'd consider. dr650's are also very good mile munchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdmmotard
    klr650's are excellent mileage munchers, and would make a very fun super-touring-moto. often called the "poor man's gs", but in alot of ways it's a better call. for real miles, that's the only one i'd consider. dr650's are also very good mile munchers.
    I have a GS1200 and still find myself jumping on the KLR quite often. It's just a comfortable fun bike. I was wondering wich of the two( husky or ktm)SM's would be more comfy ,or could be setup more comfy for a long trip or "longish" Niether would be comfy as the klr for sure

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    oh my bad, i didn't see the title to your post. the ktm "comfort seat" avail in their hardparts makes a HUGE difference.

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    Default Got a couple of questions on buying a bike to make into a street tard.

    Hey all, I am considering selling my 04 GSXR600 and getting a street SM.

    I had briefly considered the DRZ400SM, but I am a big guy, so I think a 650 would work better for me. Right off the bat, I want to say that I dont want to do any conversions from a non-street bike to a street bike, just not interested.

    However, I am trying to choose between a KLR, a DR and an XR (or L, I dunno, whichever is the streetlegal one).

    What I really want to do is buy a stock-ish enduro and convert it to SM, as well as put some aftermarket goodies on it like brakes, and maybe some engine mods.

    So I ask of the SM gods, which bike has the most moddability potential? Which would be best for what I want to do? Which one makes the most power?

    Oh, and I should say, I'm not interested in KTM's/Huskys/etc really either. I like the dead-on reliability of the Jap bikes, even if it means trading some power to get it.

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    If your willing to give up power go with the DRZ its a better bike than the KLR DR or XRL. If you want more power than that go with the KTM/Husky etc...

    I'm sorry its probably not exactly what you wanted to hear but the big 4 aren't making anything great in the D/S category and the only big 4 SM is the DRZ. They are dropping the ball, screw em go KTM......

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    Unless you are 8 foot tall and weigh 500 lb's I don't think you are too big for the DRZ SM. I am 6' 5", weigh 220 and love mine.

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    What makes you think the Jap bikes are more reliable than the KTM's or Husky's? Cause their not.............These days the Euro bikes are as good and actually better than the usual Jap lineup. Better brakes, components, power. You'll pay mid 6G's for a DRZ, then drop another 2G's or more to get it to where a Stock KTm and Husky are.......
    2011 BMW K1300S
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    Either get one that the factory has built as a Tard or get one that someone else has already converted, you will save a lot of money and headaches, they lose money but a good deal for you..

    The little Suzuki - great bike, some tire quickly of not having enouhg HP, sano package

    XR650L - heavy, old technology, air cooled.

    XR650R - dependable,. much less weight then the 650L, DRZ and 625 SMC, all kinda parts and info available, get one that has already been converted and already street legal, build it yourself and you will need an extra $2,000
    ( minimum) to put into it.

    KTM625 - xlnt bike, xlnt copmponents, xlnt handling,

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    Quote Originally Posted by khelton
    [/I]XR650R - dependable,. much less weight then the 650L, DRZ and 625 SMC, all kinda parts and info available, get one that has already been converted and already street legal, build it yourself and you will need an extra $2,000
    ( minimum) to put into it.
    I think the street legal part is key. If you can find one done and titled your good to go. For someone just looking to get in or an entry level SM I say shy away from doing it yourself. It can be overwhelming with locating parts fitments and DMV issues.
    Once you've aclimated yourself with the sport by all means look for a sick machine and convert it as YOU want it.
    Right now, buy a bike and RIDE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samurai-Jim
    I think the street legal part is key. If you can find one done and titled your good to go. For someone just looking to get in or an entry level SM I say shy away from doing it yourself. It can be overwhelming with locating parts fitments and DMV issues.
    Once you've aclimated yourself with the sport by all means look for a sick machine and convert it as YOU want it.
    Right now, buy a bike and RIDE!
    The conversion part isnt a problem. I am currently restoring an RD350, and just did an XL250, which is nice on the street, but I need more power.

    You are right about the registration though, I dont want to deal with that BS, I am in Wisconsin, a state known for being notoriously difficult to register anything in.

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    FInd a used XR650R that someone has already put the Baja kit and other bits onto and gone through the streetifying hassles. It's a killer bike combo.

    Outside of that forget the KLR. Great bike but not motard material. Just too large and heavy.

    DR650 makes a decent enough motard with wheels but it's not that strong. Some folks say the DRZ400's will outrun them and some say no. Gotta figure that it's a close race either way. Old school air cooling comes at a price I guess.

    DRZ with a bit of uncorking may offer a decent power for decent price and decent reliability.

    The big street SM's like the KTM 625 and Husky 610 have come a LONG way. Not quite as cheap and easy to keep running but not far behind the DRZ in that manner.
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    It is depressing me to see how cheaply the converted XR650R's are going for...they are xlnt bikes, not toys, very stable at speed and have all the potential you want to make out of them...

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