September 3rd, 2016, 02:10 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
From: Simi Valley Ca.
I Ride: 2006 FS650e, 2007 FE550e, 2016 Ktm500Exc
The Supermoto vs the Sportbike
Here are 2 completely different sports. You have the Sportbike. Some with up to 4 cylinders and over 1000cc. You sit for the most part forward over the tank. They can be very fast and powerful with high top speeds. The are for large tracks, and all kinds of street use. They may not do as well on a tight track, know nothing about the term backing it in and are not suited for anything off the street or in the dirt.
Now the Supermoto is a lightweight street bike. Some with a large power to weight ratio as the Husaberg 650.But it is also a dirt bike. Suspension and wheels are easily swapped back and forth. But even with the street suspension and set up it is a bike that will perform well on all street and to tightest of supermoto tracks with dirt berms and jumps included. It can also go through many of the dirt sections that the enduro set up will.
So if someone buys a Supermoto intending to match it with their Sportbike they should remember this. It may not win the drag race or power contest. But when the streetbike is parked on the tarmac the Supermoto will have been flicked around a supermoto track, backed in, jumped and ridden through all the dirt hills.