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I am lookng to get rid of my Sportbike For some kind of street tard and a little under 100MPH fun. I am looking at the KTM 690SM or the 690 SupermotardR My question is How reliable are these LC4 Motors I am not looking to do alot of maintence. and since this is a ton of cash With most likely a 5 year Loan can I expect it to last as long as Sportbike ala High milage ect.

Any help or ideas? or any other bikes to look at?

My other option is to find A unsed bike for cash 3k to 4 K

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Good question, im new here and been considering the same thing. Reliability is a must for me, i ride to work every day. The DRZSM seems to be the consistant but im concerned with the power, thinking im going to want more than it has to offer.
 

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With proper maintenance the LC4 motors are very reliable.

If you can't stomach the reality of owning a high performance supermoto bike and keeping up with the corresponding maintenance schedules then a lower performance lower maintenance Suzuki DRZ400-SM might be a better fit for you.
 

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no matter what you get a single cylinder bike is gonna require a shitload more maintenance then any sportbike...

I rode my gsxr 27k miles and never touched anything other then changing the oil every 3-4k miles, and a broken clutch cable once.

on my husky 610, which is know as one of the more reliable supermotos, within the past 6k miles, i've changed the oil about 8 times, checked the valved about 4 times, resealed the valve cap once, changed the clutch cable twice, about to replace the drive chain, and within the next couple thousand miles I'm looking at replacing the cam chain.

if you commut long distances, stay with the sportbike, or become a recreational mechanic like me. :) No matter how much maintenance I have to do I still wont go back to sportbikes, well at least not 4 bangers...
 

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For a reliable "lower" maintenece SM, the Husky 610 or any LC4 is the way to go. My 02 LC4 proved to be extremely reliable. I've seen plently of barely used SMC's lately in the $5000 range.

However - the DRZ's are bulletproof. And they are considerably cheaper!:hmmm:
 

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the LC4 engines you just have to change the oil and adjust the valve. valve adjustment is very easy.

I'll bet you are paying full msrp on a 2008 KTM SMC/R?
 

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:eek: 5 year loan on a supermoto? Sounds like you need something cheap and used dude.
I like the option Of a lower payment, I usally pay them off in 2 years But The smaller payment works for I make really good money but alot of it is Bonuses and commisions so When I get a big check the bank gets a big check,
 

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A ton Of Money For Dirtbike, Grant it a very cool dirtbike. I guess I have the same problem Most Motorcycle consumers in The US have The "wow for that Money I could Get a CBRGSXRRZXRR For that kind of Money" Even though its not what I want I still have the knee jerk reaction. I used to race 600 and after that I sort of lost the Love for the inline 4's I moved over to Ultalight Superbike (A hawk GT that puts the super in Superbike 80 Hp Hawks (48hp Stock) Are expensive and they blow up alot. So now I am racing a few SV's in Lightweight And I love it. I just could not get into the GSXR anymore.

I am psyced for the KTM I cant wait
 
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