I have had a few supermotos and they are fun ,however I eventually got a KTM superduke as its the best of both worlds . And it dont really matter where you post it as most of us just use the recent posts button so all you do is fill up the page with identical threads .
The concerns about running costs are valid if you’ve considering the competition end of KTM’s range… IF you get something mainstream like an XT660X/DRZ etc then running costs will be no more than any other bike, probably less as they are geared for lower speed, not 110mph in first.
I’d have a SM for commuting into the smoke purely for the high riding position to see over traffic…
They are really different bikes… it’s a chalk and cheese in comparision. Personally, I’d get a SM for London commuting over a GSXR. Not sure how “high maintainence” a Husaberg is. The alternative is to get a CB500 or similar as a hack. DIY maintainence is easy, parts a plenty on eBay… get one that’s cheap enough that the value has reached its plateau and sell it two years on for the same money
Yup it will… especially if you want a true SM you’ll need to be pretty happy with spending time in the garage. I’ve got the 625 SMC which is not technically a ‘true’ SM but it’s still sat more time in my garage.
I commute from Epsom to london some days and would rarely take the KTM. Whilst practical for weaving in and out of traffic and loads of laughs, not practical for carrying a tailpack with my laptop, has a poor fuel range and my mirrors and indicators are off
For me a SM is not an everyday bike, it’s a second bike you buy for a laugh and having some fun in easy dirt. Not sure though why you think it’d be easier to max out on a SM… Different riding style and yes you can max it out on the straights but it’s the twisties were it comes alive.
Anyway I’ll be selling my SMC probably within the next couple of months… I’m looking at going for a little offroader
Mate of mine had one, loved it… Not a “heart” choice mind you… Ditto Deauville. I’ve ridden them in town and they are superb, with the added bonus of integral luggage for your stuff, and they are really narrow for slicing through. I must be getting old because I REALLY don’t get commuting a straight line through largely 30mph roads on a wrist heavy 150bhp Sportsbike on de rigueur sticky tyres (squared off) etc etc.
If you are a relative noob to riding and are still cutting your teeth maybe you should look at something like a fazer 600 - this kind of bike is much better for commuting and easier to develop your core skills on than jumping straight onto something relatively specialist like a sports bike/moto.
The sign is still for sale but the bike is now into hazzardous quarantine as a public health risk. Experts are using carbon dating to find out when it was made
DRZ is good, if (from what I hear) a bit boring but you can get it setup for SUMO or offroad and it’ll do the job. Reliable engine so will keep going. Typical SUMO issues around space for mounting tailpacks, carrying things is the same though…