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Hi guys,

Ok, I'm in the market for a new tard. I've had a Duke 2 for two years now and I'd like something more raw. The Duke has done me well for commuting but the routes I take to and from work and just to get around rarely involve motorways so I'd rather something more fun. I've got around 3k to spend I figure and I'm in the UK. Would just like some suggestions really. I don't mind converting the bike myself and I know how to service a bike although a 'all out' supermoto will be to much wrench work for me as I like to ride them aswell :p I was thinking something in the EXC or WR range, enduro's? Oh and I'm looking for something in the 400-500 cc range thumpers.

Look forward to your suggestions,

Rob
 

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The WR450 is badass...electric start, 5 speed gearbox, plenty of power, pretty damn bullet proof, a decent amount of hop-up parts, and readily available replacement parts make it a hands down winner in my book.
 

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Setup for supermoto from the factory...

GasGas SM450FSR, SM515
Husaberg FS450, FS550, FS650
Husqvarna SM510 or SM610
KTM 450SMR, 510SMR, 625SMC or 690SM
TM SMR450 or SMR530

Possible dirt to supermoto conversions...

Honda CRF450
Kawasaki KLX450
KTM EXC450 or EXC530
Suzuki RMZ450
Yamaha WR450 or YZ450

Converting dirtbikes to SM might be a little more work than you wish to admit. In addition to 17" wheels and brakes there suspension rates and geometry differences. Oftentimes best to buy a bike already properly setup for SM than to muddle thru a conversion.
 

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Converting dirtbikes to SM might be a little more work than you wish to admit. In addition to 17" wheels and brakes there suspension rates and geometry differences. Oftentimes best to buy a bike already properly setup for SM than to muddle thru a conversion.
Yeah, but that's half the fun - you get to set it up how YOU want the bike, not the way the factory decided it had to be. But, to each their own...some want easy set up and ride, others like to invest the time and reap the rewards. Regardless of which route you go, you're gonna be a happy camper :thumbup:
 

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If I were to buy a YZ426 will I need to purchase a lighting kit? Its a 2002 model. At current it has only a daytime MOT.
 

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If I were to buy a YZ426 will I need to purchase a lighting kit? Its a 2002 model. At current it has only a daytime MOT.
Yup.

I forgot to mention electric/wiring upgrades/switches for the lighting needed to pass street registration. Some regional motor vehicle jurisdictions are more lenient than others. Some only require head/tail lights and a mirror. Others often require turn signals, brake light and horn.

If you begin the SM conversion with an enduro model then the bike usually comes stock with most/all of the needed lighting components.

For example the Honda CRF450X.
 
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