Supermoto Two Ways

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By Troy Siahaan

I’ve long maintained that riding a supermoto is one of my favorite forms of motorcycling. I’ve also maintained that I have no desire in owning one with headlights and a license plate. The reason is simple: they are one-way tickets to jail. The idea of a dirtbike – a small, nimble, light, and relatively powerful motorcycle made to jump over things – on road tires is batty. It’s an absolute riot, but it’s also batty and crazy. All this is a way to say I wouldn’t be able to control myself if one ended up in my hands. Which is why I relegate myself to riding supermoto on tracks, or when the occasional press bike comes my way.

The Breakdown

Which brings us to the Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP and KTM 690 SMC R – two very different interpretations on the supermoto-for-the-street theme. On the one hand, you have the Ducati Hypermotard. You can almost call it a caricature of a supermoto. With its trellis frame housing Ducati’s 937cc, 114 hp, Testastretta L-Twin, that’s already twice as many cylinders – and a heck of a lot more power – than a “normal” supermoto (Aprilia‘s SXV 450 and 550 notwithstanding). Hell, even if you were to lop one of those cylinders off, the 468cc jug you have left is still bigger than what you’ll find on most converted dirt bikes.

Not the first thing you think of when you think of a supermotard. That’s because it’s a Hypermotard.

The top-shelf Öhlins and Brembo bits (on the SP model) wouldn’t necessarily be out of place on a traditional supermoto, but the single-sided swingarm sure is exotica. Speaking of exotica, electronic bits like a quick shifter, traction control, wheelie control, and ABS definitely qualify. In fact, the ABS even has a setting to help …read more

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