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Hi, I am between a few bikes right now. Know that I am 6'2" 220lbs. & looking for SuperMoto (aka Street Tard) for commuting to work which is literally only 2 miles from home for me. Also, to enjoy on the weekend blasts on the country twisty roads on live near, probably less than 5 miles from home.

I am just wanting or having the bike to be a hooligan if need to be. (Wheelies, Stoppies, jump, climb stairs, go down stairs, maybe even a little off roading too.

So, the candidates:

09' Husqvarna 510 SMR (2400 miles) = $4900

07' Honda CRF 450X (street titled, but still needs moto wheels & brakes) = $3000

05' Yamaha WR 450F (street titled, has moto wheels & brakes, plus dirt wheels for easy conversion back to dirt) = $4500

Of these which is the least to maintain? How long (miles) between oil changes?

I did see a 06' DRZ400SM (full Yosh exhaust, no other mods mentioned) = $3000

Just not sure if the DRZ would be enough bike for my big frame.

Also, saw a 01' Honda XR650R (street titled, HRC kit, Edelbrock pumper carb, Big gun race pipe, K&N, Warp 9 wheels, over sided front & rear brake rotors, new Renthal handle bars, new Renthal chain, front & rear sprockets, Dunlop race tires, Trail Tech Vapor computer, etc.) = $4300

Any suggestions, especially from experience, will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

0hioB0b

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Hummm I had an 09 Husky TXC510 (dirt version of the SM) and it was a very fun bike in the open so I would think the SM would be more of the same on the street. I've ridden the DRZ400 and it was soft and I would get bored on one of them. I know they are tough bikes and people put tons of miles on them just not for me. The Honda 450X is a tammer 450R which I also had but I don't know the X that well haven never ridden one same goes for the Yamaha. I don't see the Honda 650 as hooligan bike really all though it may be the easiest to maintain. As far a oil changes, I changed the oil in my Husky about every 15 hrs and it wasn't very hard. My TXC510 Husky was a power wheelie machine and better brakes by far than any of the others. So...IMHO it sounds like the Husky 510 SM would fit your wants the best.

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I've rode the older Yamaha WR400. If it can be compared to the 450, I thought it handled great off rode with almost too stiff of a feal, which would be great for a motard. And had a fairly aggressive engine for a 4T.

Parts can get expensive on some of the huskies.

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Anyone have or rode a KTM 450 SMR? Found one that is asking $3500 that has all the parts to make it street legal, but needs plated by DMV.

Wondering if this one would work for me. I am new to SM and not sure I will like it or love it or neither, so not wanting to put alot of money into it until I know for sure.

Husky dealer (aka BMW) is about 65 miles away while the KTM dealer is about 30 miles away.

Just wondering.

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The KTM's are very good bikes we had two (08 450 and 08 505). I just didn't get along with the ergos. They do have plenty of power.

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Between the Husqvarna, Honda 450X, and the Yamaha, the Yamaha WR will be the lowest maintenance bike. That is a bulletproof engine design. I own a 2001 WR426 and I owned a YZ400F before that, which is the same engine design. If you take care of them, they will run forever. With that being said, I would probably choose a 2007 and older KTM 450. Those bikes had the "RFS" engine design which was both low maintenance and very powerful...the best of both worlds. I know a couple of guys who have hundreds on hours on the original top ends of 2005-2007 450 EXCs ridden off road.

So, I would go with KTM or WR in the best condition at the lowest price. Shop around...dont get in a hurry about buying. Time is on the buyers side...most sellers want to sell now.

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Like lots of trail riders say, don't try to convert an MX bike to the trail, get a trail bike instead. You'll be time and money ahead in the end. I don't necessarily agree in every case, but it seems to be good advice for a sumo buyer.

In addition to a wheelset, you will most likely want a flywheel weight, firmer suspension and a cush hub; things that the converted trailbikes on your list probably lack. The DR-Z is a good beginner bike but heavy and corked up in stock form.

I'd go with a purpose-built KTM or Husky, stay with fairly current models and you won't need to do any mods or big setup changes. I think you'll find that the 450 class is a funner hooligan ride than the big bores (650+); handling is a lot lighter and more dirtbike-ish.

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