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Old 10-20-2012, 01:11 PM   #41
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:44 PM   #42
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:58 PM   #43
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Also, can SMs jump like dirt bikes? (Looking at that last pic). I was under the impression they could only handle a few feet. Im also still pretty confused about the tires.
Yes they jump just fine as they are a dirt bike with small wheels and Smoooth tires hehe. Just like a dirt you need to set your suspension up for what you are riding




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Old 10-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #44
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How can smooth tires handle dirt and gravel and all that?

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Old 10-20-2012, 09:28 PM   #45
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How can smooth tires handle dirt and gravel and all that?
Easily......

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Old 10-21-2012, 05:38 AM   #46
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:44 AM   #47
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #48
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What does it take to convert something like the 525 exc to SM?

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:21 PM   #49
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What does it take to convert something like the 525 exc to SM?
Not much.. a set of wheels and a front rotor a set of OEM KTM wheels should bolt right up but then you need the front caliper reloctator bracket and 310 mm or 320 mm front rotor I have a Braking 310 mm front rotor you can buy if you need one I swapped it for a Beringer 310 mm solid rotor

this is the rotor that was on the bike (braking)
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this is what I have now (beringer)
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I have my 2nd set of wheels which are OEN Berhs so we can see if they bolt up... no they're not for sale as they are my backup/practice set

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:48 PM   #50
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Most SM bikes are based on either dirt bikes or dual sports, depending on the bike. So they have basically the same suspension, although specific SM bike may be set up a little stiffer or with just a bit less travel. I probably would not recommend a KTM 525 as a first SM or dirt bike, as they are roughly equivilant to a GSXR1000 in the SM world and a little high strung for daily commuting. A DRZ400S or SM, WR250X, or maybe a converted DR650 or XR650L would probably be better? With a converted bike, as Deb described, you'll also have a complete set of dirt wheels to bolt on for serious dirt riding. But SM wheels and tires work OK for mild, dry trails.

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:33 PM   #51
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Most SM bikes are based on either dirt bikes or dual sports, depending on the bike. So they have basically the same suspension, although specific SM bike may be set up a little stiffer or with just a bit less travel. I probably would not recommend a KTM 525 as a first SM or dirt bike, as they are roughly equivilant to a GSXR1000 in the SM world and a little high strung for daily commuting. A DRZ400S or SM, WR250X, or maybe a converted DR650 or XR650L would probably be better? With a converted bike, as Deb described, you'll also have a complete set of dirt wheels to bolt on for serious dirt riding. But SM wheels and tires work OK for mild, dry trails.
Might need you to convince my mom to loan me some money for a SM until I sell my GSXR. Tell her they're safer, get better gas mileage, cheaper to fix and ride, etc, She listens to you


I think I am going to go the converted dirt bike approach. Can I swap wheels out without worrying about brakes and whatnot? Just unbolt. swap, bolt, and go?

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:37 PM   #52
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Also, random question.... Do people ever run a knobby on the back, and SM tire on the front? I dunno why I'm curious about this.. but I am.

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #53
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Also, is crashing really THAT cheap?
I have literally never had to buy repairs on my dr650. I've crashed moving and stopped.

I've had to take some big effin pliers or a vice to some stuff.

I dropped my sv650 twice and had to buy repairs twice.

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:05 PM   #54
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Also, random question.... Do people ever run a knobby on the back, and SM tire on the front? I dunno why I'm curious about this.. but I am.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #55
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Might need you to convince my mom to loan me some money for a SM until I sell my GSXR. Tell her they're safer, get better gas mileage, cheaper to fix and ride, etc, She listens to you
I think I am going to go the converted dirt bike approach. Can I swap wheels out without worrying about brakes and whatnot? Just unbolt. swap, bolt, and go?
I'll try to help if she asks, but you better start laying the ground work. The best set up is to have a 310 or 320 rotor on your SM wheels and use a caliper adapter, then when you switch to dirt wheels, you just use the stock hanger.

You don't want to run radically different tires at either end because you want to get similar traction from both, regardless of the surface. It's better to have minimal traction at both ends, than good at one end and bad at the other.

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:15 PM   #56
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I'll try to help if she asks, but you better start laying the ground work. The best set up is to have a 310 or 320 rotor on your SM wheels and use a caliper adapter, then when you switch to dirt wheels, you just use the stock hanger.

You don't want to run radically different tires at either end because you want to get similar traction from both, regardless of the surface. It's better to have minimal traction at both ends, than good at one end and bad at the other.

Makes sense. I talked to her today... She likes the idea of a 90ish mph top speed over 160+


I'm almost 100% sure I'm going to go the sumo route, so now I just got to pick something out. As much as everyone says start with a DRZ, etc, I tried one, and I just found it a bit heavy, without the power to back it up. I really wasn't a fan.

That being said, I love orange bikes... if not the 525, thoughts on the 450 exc? I'm a pretty conservative rider, so I'd like to think of this purchase as an investment.... I'd rather not buy something, sell it in 6 months, get something else, rinse, repeat, etc. Open to all suggestions though!

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:16 PM   #57
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How does that not hurt your legs o.O

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Old 10-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #58
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How does what not hurt the legs? And if you've ever ridden a dirt bike before you'd probably be fine on a 525, considering the bike you're riding now.

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Old 10-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #59
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It only hurts your leg when you clip it on some curbing/ push down on it to save a slide and it sticks...ouch. most of the times there is very little pressure on it and its just getting it out of the way so its not getting ground into your peg.

I really dont think the power of a 450 is a concern, its not going to loop you if you pin it...as long as your nuts are on the gas cap!

But seriously, 450 exc is a great bike, just expect CONSTANT oil changes, valve checks every 1000mi or so. New cam bearings and what not every winter. Thats the Main reason they are not beginner friendly. and why most people stick to drz, wrx, xrl, husqy or ktm street motards. And yes, ride them with your balls far up on the tank other wise you WILL loose the front end.

Part of supermoto fun is learning to go faster with a slower bike, if you feel like its low on power (pinned in top gear through every turn), find a tighter road. if you feel bored, find some gravel road/ stairs/ a jump...The REAL rush comes from carrying more speed through turns and drifting into them via some rough downshifting while hard on the front brake till the apex and then shifting your weight back for a wheely outa the fucker.

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Old 10-21-2012, 08:15 PM   #60
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How does what not hurt the legs? And if you've ever ridden a dirt bike before you'd probably be fine on a 525, considering the bike you're riding now.
I started on dirt, but never anything more than dicking around on jumps and in the woods.

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