Look Ma! No Brains!
Seems to me that in the search for more and more individuallity the line between Road Legal Super Motards and Actual Road bikes is getting more and more fuzzy. I mean both in the eyes of the law are road bikes, and both have road tyres. Neither go off road, well hardly ever, well OK sometimes. So I get me Z1300 strip everything off it put some ill fitting plastics on it is it a road going SM. No I don't think so.The actual requirements for a racing and road going Motards are streets apart in their requirements from their riders, so even though the two classifications appear the same they have completely different functions. So what makes a Road going Motard an SM and not a road Bike?
To me, the key difference is <150kg weight, long-travel quality suspension and lack of expensive fairing bits to replace.
I guess Everone knows what it is, my question is what makes it that way, considering the requirements of Road use.Personally I think its a life style thingy all started by the use of too much power (which is never enough) requiring massive breaks and tiny weight to be really effective. Giving rise to purists and non purists.
A supermoto bike is a motorcross bike with a set of road wheels simple as.
Y'mean motards are defined by being underpowered compared to 'normal' road bikes, but still competitive?
So by your own definition, you don't ride a supermoto then do you?
So what about the bloke that raced a Speed Triple in SM? Or the bloke racing the Ducati Monster? Or the Italian who races an SV650 in enduro?
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BTW - I suspect that the Riple was only allowed in for the first year of racing to help make up numbers
Nik Samson wrote
Err, no, the same bloke is still racing a Buell in the series ...
However the point still stands that Ripple, Blewoil and Duckati are not exactly bikes anyone doing real SM (ie including real dirt sections and proper jumps, as well as twisty tarmac) put top of their list of must haves.
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