Is the day where a 1000ccm sport bike was the wet dream of every young bike nut beginning to see an end? 400ccm to 650ccm single and twin cylindered supermotos, flat trackers and street fighters are starting to pop up everywhere. Right now most of them are custom builds or kit bikes, like the Ron Wood Rotax Flat Track Motorcycles. But some of the manufacturers has jumped the band wagon and sent out factory made fun packages ex. Yamaha’s XT660x, MT-03 and Suzuki’s DR-Z400SM, not to mention the wicked Husqvarna SM 610.
You won’t break any land speed records on these bikes. But you will get sore cheeks from the constant big fat grin on your face. Sports bikes have reached a level where they are only in their right element at speeds twice as high as most countries speed limits. So unless you have a driving license dispenser in your garage, or take it to the occasional track-day, you will seldom experience the full potential of your crotch rocket.
The smaller and with less wind protection motorcycles gives you fun where you don’t have to worry too much about speed limits. Most likely you will even become a better rider, because you will learn to push the bike to its limits and fly out of corners, like a true Rossi, without the chance of being overtaken by your rear wheel in the process. Simply because the bikes has less power and you will learn to administer it best possible, instead of having revs and a last bit of throttle where you don’t dare go. Everybody can go fast, it’s how you corner that counts.