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    Street legal Supermoto conversion

    I am planning on picking up a 2006 YZ450F and converting it to a street legal supermoto. I won't be going on long rides like a harley or anything, but short trips and possibly racing it in the future if I get hooked. (I was turned on to it after checking out the DRZ400SM at the dealer, but wanted to personalize it more, have it lighter, plastic tank vs metal).
    I have done some scouring on the net and have found some places but wanted to know if anyone else could direct me to some other links or what.
    I see that Baja designs makes a quick release light kit for about $500, plus I would have to buy a stator for about $500 as well. I was planning on keeping my 250f for rocks/beater bike and having the option of swapping the wheels off, lquick release light kit and being able to ride the 450f here and there on the track.
    I was thinking besides the light kit and possible 2nd rear fender to house taillight, blinker, plate holder, to also purchase 2 17' wheels and tires, oversized front brake rotor and have the rear wheel with a lower tooth sprocket for the road. I would probably send out the suspension, I am 180-185, is this necessary? oh yeah, other trick components would be the handguards, shorty front fender, steering stabilizer I guess....
    If anyone has any input or has done this, whether good or bad, please let me know.
    Thanks, Chris.







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    the motard wheels alone will cost you about $1k
    I don't knoiw what the MSO will look like from yamaha, but it may state offroad only..
    IMO it's just easier to get a bike that is already street legal... Immagine the frustrations if you bought a bike, and then have troubles getting it registered...




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    I have met several people here in Maryland that have converted YZ/WR 400/426F's to street legal dual purpose bikes. Bikes sold here in Maryland also are registered/titled. I even have insurance on my 250F.
    Yeah, I figured a little over $1k for wheels, $1k for the light kit and stator...Probably gonna cost about $10k all said and done.




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    Does anyone know of a web forums site that is for supermoto?




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    somewhat answered my own question. I did a google search and came up with supermotojunkie.com
    In case anyone else was looking for such, FYI.




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    Have you seen the DRZ Motard bike? Looked really sweet right out of the box. I'm not sure if they're selling them in the US or what. I think Rich posted a picture several months back in the thumper forum. It was "only" about $5k I think? Maybe 6.




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    My bad, it was Vic. Here's the thread with a link to a motorcycledaily.com article:
    http://www.dirtrider.net/forums3/sho...ghlight=motard




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    supermotojunkie.com is a great site for SM info. I suspect that you'd be better off buying something like the Husqvarna 510SM. Its set for Supermoto from the factory and should offer better performance for lest cost than an converted YZF. The bike is quasi-street legal from the factory. Its totally street legal in other countries (AU for example), but Husky didn't want to mess with EPA certifications to tag it in the US. Still, lights are easy as its designed to power them and Husky is carefull not to put anything incriminating on the MSO:wink




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    Yeah, I have checked out the DRZ400SM, both black and yellow, at the dealership - $5999 or so.. But weighing at 293, I would rather go a little bit lighter.
    I primarily ride dirt, just wanted to be able to swap back and forth if I wanted. So I probably wont go totally nuts on it like lowering the suspension an inch or such.
    I would do it to my 250f, but I think it will rev out fast and think the 450 would be much better. plus I would have both bikes as options to ride in the dirt.
    Oh well, my fault that got me into this mess.
    thanks for the input though.




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    One more note, a wide raito and/or 5spd tranny is almost necessary for street supermoto use. The close raito 4&5spds just don't have the gear range that you need for street riding, you'll be slipping the clutch a lot taking off in first and winding out out to maintain highway speed. A CRF-x or WR might be a good option if you aren't into the Euro bikes.

    good luck




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