the Aprilia's also had some engine problems in 07 that required engine to be sealed and the starter motors were junk...08+ these issues were correctedPer your comment about the Aprilia:
But buyers beware:
this was my 08 husky sm510r...it was a beast of a bike and so much fun...60hp, 260lbs dry, 6 gears, etc...the power to weight ratio is insane which makes sumos easily the funnest bikes to ride fast...so many good sumo platforms/stock rigs out there...Aprilia, Honda, Husqvarna, Husaberg, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha and so on...the most reliable choices would be drz400sm, wr250x, wr426 & wr450...typically the faster they are the more maintenance they require and the less reliable...spend some time over on supermotojunkie.com for more infoHow about the husqvarnas?
the bigger cc engine sumos are not really a true sumo for racing on a dirt track, more of a street/paved track oriented sumo...at just over 300lbs so they are a little heavy for having only 66hp but still a blast of a bike and i think they are a little more reliable than the smaller cc race sumos...unfortunately they are not available in the US anymore but used ones can be found...and the 690 enduro r is the same bike and can be converted...if i was in the market this bike would def be on my short list since it wouldn't need much conversion work...used street legal sumos in the US tend to be a little harder to come by and new ones even harderThe KTM 690 is a fantastic machine:
sold it for $5500 with some extras which was probably high price-wise but it had really low mileage and the extras were things that would would need to buy anyway...that second part is a tough one cause it's hard to get a lot of sumo bikes with a street title and then i would probably want one for fun (i.e. fast, light and maintenance heavy) and one reliable (i.e. slower, fatter and less maintenance heavy)...i don't really know that i could choose just 2...i would want to go new if money wasn't an object but there are plenty used and older models that are still great bikes...it all comes down to the intended purpose...Thanks Ryan...hey, if you don't mind me asking...how much did you sell your Husky for?
And, being that you did have that bike, maybe a silly question but, if you could have any two Supermotos, what would they be?
no problem...your sumo choice should be tailored to the kind of riding you want to do, the amount of maintenance you want to do and the reliability you're hoping for...some of these are street legal race bikes and require a lot of maintenance and are less reliable than others...i will say that it is the most fun you can have on a bike aside from a TW...it just takes a little getting used to cause the seat heights are really high and therefore the center of gravity is carried higher...they are also not for highway use aside from very short trips...some of the race engines don't like a constant droning rpm, that's not what they are built for...plus they are light and will be pushed around by the wind, very uncomfortable skinny seats and if you let off the gas a little the bike slows right down quick and the front end dives...so if you plan to do any type of highway riding these are not the tool for the jobAwesome...thank you Ryan...I may be in dreaming stage right now, but I would love to get one of those bad boys
i've never seen this bike before...pretty cool...not really a sumo but def looks fun...if i were to go for a bike like this i think my first choice would be a ktm duke 690 or a husqvarna nuda 900rI would love to have one of these. MegaMoto
stock it has a head light and a tail light and doesn't have a street title...would need signals, a horn, i think it would need a bracket for brake calipers (not positive), and sumo wheels and street tires...if you could find one already converted as well as street titled it would be a good choice for a mix of fun and reliability...the ktms, husqvarnas, husabergs and drz i listed usually come with street titles and everything needed for the street, they just need sumo wheels/street tires/brake caliper brackets...the yamahas are the only ones that need conversion and titling but they and the next best step up in fun from the drz while still maintaining some reliability and not getting into a race engineSo, the WR 450 isn't born with a street title?
But is it born with headlight/taillight/signals/horn?
no problem...oh and if you go used some of the older models are factory set up sumos meaning street titled and no conversions needed...like my old bike and the CL bikes i postedthe ktms, husqvarnas, husabergs and drz i listed usually come with street titles and everything needed for the street, they just need sumo wheels/street tires/brake caliper brackets...