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Old 03-01-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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SUMO Dreams

So I am selling my K8 SVs to a fellow member, and I have already started scoping out my next ride. I am 100% set on a SUMO, I want something versatile, that I can abuse and not feel bad about it. For a long time I thought a DRZ400sm was the way to go but the low CC's had me wary of it's commuting ability. So I looked into bigger more true dual sport bikes like KLR's and DRZ 650s and I couldn't find one that peaked my interest.

But today I found my bike, a KTM 530 XC-F. It fits all my criteria, big single, capable, will take "spirited" riding like a champ, really a street legal dirt bike. I think I am in love, the only hiccup is that it comes with dirt tread and the 17" SUMO wheels are $1000.

My dad is a orange bleeder and does nothing but sing the praises of KTM products, what do you guys and gals think about my choice? Are there other options I should consider? Who rides a SUMO daily and can give me a real life perspective on using one as a daily ride?

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Old 03-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: SUMO Dreams

So not one of these, eh?




In about 3 weeks time, I'll be heading down to Charlotte. Hope the weather is good then.
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Re: SUMO Dreams

I ride a DR-Z400 dual sport every day... litterly. I haven't driven my truck to work since November 21st, and being in Minnisota, I had some fun rides in to work. I often think about trading it in for a more dedicated Sumo, and if I find the right deal, I will.

The tire swap is 1,000, yes, but you can off set that by selling your rims and tires for 6-800, so it really isn't as bad as it seems. Though, I bet if you get it and run it, you will run dual sport for a while. If nothing else becuse I can put two full sets of 80/20 street tires on for less than the cost of a single sumo back tire.

As far as comutability, that depends on your cumute. If you are running down the interstate for 40 minutes.... a Sumo is going to get old pretty quick. Not that it can't do it, or that it is even hard on the bike. It just isn't as nice of a ride as the SV. If you are dealing with heavy traffic, the sumo will be a god send (if your willing to bend the rules). You can buzz through traffic and find short cuts all over in a town (running train beds, blasting through parking lots, and shooting through empty lots are all options).

I have the DR-Z and my SV and ride them both a ton. If I can get there with less than 15 minutes of driving 55 or more, I take the DR-Z. Everything else, the SV gets the nod.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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Re: SUMO Dreams

you should look into a husqvarna sm610. great bikes lots of fun and maintenence is a breeze.i have had one since 2006,it now has 38k miles on it. funnest bike i have ever owned.

check out:http://supermotojunkie.com/
great website, a whole lot of info on anything supermoto.
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you should look into a husqvarna sm610...
The local dealer that has the KTM 530 had a Husky 610 for a little while on consignment for $6000, I should've jumped on it when I had the chance. I heard getting parts from Husqvarna was a pain.
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I haven't had any problems getting parts.
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