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Difference between a Suzuki Supermoto and a Dual Sport/MX

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Suzuki DR-Z SuperMoto

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Difference between a Suzuki Supermoto and a Dual Sport/MX

I was thinking about a motorcycle, and there is something which appeals to me about a Suzuki DR-Z400. But I was curious the difference, besides the road tire tread, between that and a DualSport/MX bike, like the DR650SE .

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On a true supermoto race bike, the suspension is lowered and sprung/valved very differently than your typical mx bike. They usually run 17 wheels fr, like a 310mm front rotor w/ huge master cylinder for the front brake, and a few other goodies that would take a while to explain (slipper clutch, for example). You won’t beat crotch rockets in a pure drag race, but every time I have ridden a supermoto with a local road riding club, I have beat them through the corners and usually had the edge coming out and diving into the next turn. on straights though, they just walked away from me. but I had tons more fun in the long run!

On the DRZ sm, it’s basically a DRZ400 with an RM style fork and your usual on road necessities (signals, lights, etc). I don’t think the suspension has been lowered, or at the one I rode a while back while I was looking into them felt very tall. The suspension is still way soft, especially for a on-road bike, the fork really seemed to wallow in travel on every single bump.

Suzuki DR-Z SuperMoto

Also, the DRZsm is a very tame engine, but if you do some of the airbox mods, jet it properly, and uncork it with a performance header and exhaust. well, the become pretty fun. It’s also not really that much fun having to constantly keep the bike pegged on the local highways to keep up with traffic. but proper gearing could change that.

That said, I really thought long and hard about getting one, cause the price was right and the dealership was willing to work with me on getting it even lower. What turned me off was a quick ride on the Husky SM450 (‘zocchi fork, Ohlins rear shock, amazing throttle response and strong engine!) and it’s all 50 state legal off the showroom floor.

You should also look into the Aprilia SXV (coming to the US very soon) and the Ducati Hypermotard, which is still in it’s proto stages. but so awesome to look at. I’m a KTM man first off (love my 200sx for the woods!), but it simply costs to much to make them street legal. and even then they really aren’t legal per say!

Long winded response, but I have been juggling this very topic in my mind since August ’05. Living in metro areas just make these types of moto’s so appealing. I have dreams of riding stairs, riding wheelies in traffic, and kicking the rear end around corners in true supermoto style.

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