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post #1 of 62 Old 12-01-2019, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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I need a new (second) bike...

I have a new (second) home in southern Utah and thought it might be a good excuse to get a second bike to keep there.
There is plenty of great riding around, including twisty highways, dirt roads, red rock trails and everything in-between.
I've been looking at some of the deals down there, and I'm thinking of maybe a 2019 SV650 ABS, or a 2018 DR-Z400SM (the same price).
I could also go grab an FZ-07 (my previous bike which I loved), for about 1K$ more. I'm kinda leaning towards the SV (I had a V-Strom 650 with the same motor that I really liked).

Okay... let me have it?
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What is the elevation?
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What is the elevation?
3000' (almost exact), but the terrain varies between 2000' and 7000' with the nearby mountains.
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How twisty? That really is what you need to know between those two. Supermoto is stupid fun, but likes REALLY twisty roads.

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A single SM 400 is going to be a snooze uphill with those elevation changes at that elevation.
An SV650, better, but will still be looking at your watch.
Liter bike or better. Forced induction.
Turbo air-cooled Bandit if you like wrenching. Else an H2.
Of course, if you can arrange it so you are only being serious
downhill, then the SV wins. Stable at any lean angle.

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I know you want the 400sm
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I have a new (second) home in southern Utah and thought it might be a good excuse to get a second bike to keep there.
There is plenty of great riding around, including twisty highways, dirt roads, red rock trails and everything in-between.
I've been looking at some of the deals down there, and I'm thinking of maybe a 2019 SV650 ABS, or a 2018 DR-Z400SM (the same price).
I could also go grab an FZ-07 (my previous bike which I loved), for about 1K$ more. I'm kinda leaning towards the SV (I had a V-Strom 650 with the same motor that I really liked).

Okay... let me have it?
400SM is the most fun I've had on 2 wheels. Don't need to go stupid speeds to have fun. Was tempted to get one again before buying the GSXS. Small fuel tank (I filled up every 70 miles or so) but larger aftermarket tank options are available. I liked the versatility of being able to run dirt rims for dual sporting or just running knobbies on the SM wheels. Only drawback is freeway commuting. My vote would go to the 400SM.

Although, the SV650X looks sweet!

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From your description of the area and types of roads available, I'd go for a super moto too.
It sounds like it would be much more versatile if you are going to get just one bike.
And I've been out with some super moto bikes in road trim...they are pretty quick in the right hands

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A single SM 400 is going to be a snooze uphill with those elevation changes at that elevation.
An SV650, better, but will still be looking at your watch.
Liter bike or better. Forced induction.
Turbo air-cooled Bandit if you like wrenching. Else an H2.
Of course, if you can arrange it so you are only being serious
downhill, then the SV wins. Stable at any lean angle.
Oh yea... that sounds great, but my limited budget and time won't allow that! My GSX will be my monster for the time being. I want my second bike to be a lower cost, lighter weight fun bike (if that exists after owning the GSX-S).
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