SUPERMOTO race and road bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity, or so we’re told. And here’s some evidence it might be true – in the shape of SIX new models coming to the UK.
Italian firm Vertemati has three new 2002 models – the 501, 570 and 629. The four-valve sohc singles all produce between 55bhp and 60bhp, but the 501 is the only model to come with an optional electric start.
The rewards for getting any of the bikes started should be immense, though. The more road-friendly 501 weighs just 116kg (255lb) while the 570 and 629 weigh just 106kg (233lb) in race-trim. The suspension is top-of-the-range WP, with upside-down forks and a fully-adjustable rear shock. The 570 and 629 even come with slicks as standard.
The all-new HM Motard 450F isn’t too practical, either. Based on the new 2002 Honda CRF450, this bike is a tweaked version that comes pre-built as a factory Supermoto. It loses only a couple of kilos in the process and tips the scales at just 105kg (231lb). The new four-valve single should produce around 56bhp thanks to a revised exhaust and intake. It comes with bigger brakes front and rear.
The new KTM 625SC is a development of the old 620SC and concentrates far more on road manners than its predecessor. The engine goes up from 609cc to 625cc and the old 40mm Del’Orto carb is replaced with a Keihin FCR41 version. The chassis, too, has been tweaked, making it more relevant to riding on the road. The front brakes are still two-pot Brembos, but the disc size is increased to 320mm.
The rear wheel width is increased to a five-inch rim, but power and weight remain unchanged at 55bhp and 123kg (270lb).
The KTM 660 Supermoto Factory Replica is a ready-to-race works bike straight from the box. With a mighty 73bhp from its 660cc engine, trick chassis, Akrapovic exhaust system and carbon-fibre bodywork, it oozes quality. The entire package weighs just 115kgs (253lb). But it’s a race bike and won’t be available for the road – its standard tyres are Dunlop slicks. Prices are to be announced.