Glad to see that those who were posting here that the AMA was limiting displacement to 450cc were only partially right. 2 classes makes sense. Sure would not make any sense to exclude those makes like KTM who basically made the class!
I am ignorant. I have heard only the most sketchy of info. about this supermoto stuff.
I understand that most of the bikes are converted from dirt bikes. (And I still don't understand the differece between supercross, motocross, dirtbikes, and such. Why does Honda make, like, four different bikes with roughly the same displacement/features?)
But some write-up in RiDE sometime last year made me want one of these supermoto things. So I ask you, which brand makes one of these new-fangled thingies straight from the factory, or do they all have to be converted from dirty-type bikes?
I understand precisely NONE of this off-road/dirt/-cross bike stuff so if someone could please be patient and help out the poor Head, he would be grateful.
Unfortunately, though easily the most powerful and one of the lightest of all the Supermotos, a well tuned CR-500 still won't hook up and squirt off a dirty corner like a 4-stroke. If it was pure roadracing though they'd all be toast!
I just bought a Derbi SM50. It's a 50cc supermotard with sticky 17" rubber, Paoli suspension and a smokin' 8hp motor that can just about beat a Honda civic up to 35 mph.
It stoppies near-vertical at 15 mph, weighs 180 pounds, and can make up to 23 hp if you throw a couple of grand at it.
I'm going to do the 18hp kit and go nuts this summer on some of the many go-kart tracks Califorinia is blessed with. Getting slowly drunk while riding an overpriced hog in a slow formation with a pack of overwieght geriatrics is much more fun, I'm sure, but what can you do?
That brings up a good question... are 2-strokes even going to be allowed in this new series? The only quote I saw that mentioned motor configuration was in reference to every manufacturer having a 4-stroke in the 450cc range.
That would be a shame b/c even if they're harder to ride, it sure would be cool to see some out there ripping it up! Beyond that, it would help the bucks-down little guy inasmuch as at least he wouldn't have to spend huge $$ to get competitive power (tractability aside).
I am glad to see that there is an unlimited class. It would have been really short-sighted of the AMA to exclude this class, especially due to the fact that the World Championship is an unlimited format. Maybe this unlimited component will spur the Japanese to update their big-bore singles. Or... I haven't seen the AMA rules, but I think that the ACU in europe allows ANYTHING up to 1000ccs (I think there is some guy running a Triumph Tiger in the UK). SV650 Supermoto anyone?