Before you fall off your Fireblade - laughing this time – consider this.
The basic idea of supermotos is mph thrills at km/h speeds.But it’s also 50mpg running costs, foot-down cornering, and wheelies even for people who can’t do wheelies.
Cynics may wonder how it’s possible to enjoy tweaking a throttle that gives a third of a FireBlade’s horsepower. The fact is, people are getting on with it. KTM has already sold twice as many Dukes as it did last year, a figure that rises to three times that if you include supermoto dirt racers as well. Supermotos are singles and singles are different. In bicycle terms, they supply just one pedal every other revolution, so it needs to be a good ’un. On a decent single, that blam blam blam is an irresistible incitement to wheelie at 10mph, a tire-squirming kick out of a 80kph bend and a soothing 100kph beat when you’re cold and lonely on the HWY. So of course there’s not much power – but what there is can sometimes be enough. (And, if it isn’t, you can always tune the bike to the same power-to-weight ratio as a stock CBR6.) As country road blasters supermotos need the right company. Sportsbikes are faster. But if two or three riders go ‘over the wall’ together, the world gets very giggly indeed. Ideal city bikes? The 0-40mph acceleration of a good supermoto is fantastic, and the immunity to potholes almost beyond belief – but the wide bars don’t agree with van mirrors. You might get from Richmond to Cypress just as fast on a CBR600. But you wouldn’t have half as much fun.
More and more people are finding this combination enough of an attraction to chop in their superbikes for something completely different.
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