I'm seriously thinking about giving up my sportbike and getting into SM's. I got a couple of hang ups though (1) I have never ridden one and I'm not sure how they differ for cornering on the street, must feel strange having that much higher of a center of gravity (but I'm sure I could adjust my riding style). (2) I commute daily to work on the Hwy and would like to be able to cruise at a buck 20 for at least an hour at a time without the engine screaming in pain and me worrying about drasticly shortening the engines life and how much it's gonna cost me.
I don't know, maybe these aren't the right bike for me but they look like fun and a little safer than sportbikes. Lately I've been thinkin this sportbike thing is not worth the risk (I have a wife and 2 kids to support) but still want to ride and not a cruiser!
Obviously before purchasing a SM I plan on takin a few differant models for a rip to make sure that it's not just the idea I like but that I actually enjoy riding them. Common sense tells me that I should also be looking at a 400cc or larger bike because like I said I will be using it regularly on the hwy and don't want to be ringing it out every time I do.
I don't plan on racing it competitively but I do want it to have plenty of balls and be reliable because I don't want to get bored, especially coming of a sportbike or frustrated by constant breakdowns caused by me redlining it everywhere I go. I also want something that if it isn't already SM'd it can be done easily and cheaply.
Keeping in mind what I have said above, would a SM be a good choice for me and if so which of the following bikes would you recommend and why:
2000-2002 Yamaha YZ 426 or WR 426
2002 KTM 520 or 450SX
2000-2004 Suzuki DRZ400E or S
1996-2000 Suzuki DR650
2002-2004 Honda CRF450
2002 Honda XR400
2004 Honda XR650L
2003 Kawisaki KLX 400
2004 Husaberg 400cc +
I came up with this list looking at bikes for sale in the Buy&Sell using a $6500 cap, not because I know anything about them. Tell me what you think.
P.S. I'd prefer electric start and a reasonable maintenance schedule so I guess 2 strokes are out.