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What is a Supermoto Bike? (Is it Street Legal?)

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Are you looking for an adrenaline-pumping ride that can handle both off-road and street riding?

If so, then a supermoto bike could be a perfect choice.

What is a Supermoto Bike?

Supermotos are hybrids of dirt bikes and street motorcycles, designed to tackle any terrain with ease.

But what exactly is a supermoto bike? And more importantly, is it legal to ride one on the streets? We’ll answer these questions and more.

So read on to learn all about the exciting world of supermoto bikes.

As stated above, a supermoto bike is a hybrid of a dirt bike and a street motorcycle.

It inherits the best features of these two types of bikes to create an incredibly versatile machine that can tackle any terrain with ease and confidence. 

Supermotos are built with a motocross-style frame and suspension, bigger wheels than a standard street bike, and slightly higher ground clearance.

This configuration gives the rider the perfect balance of agility on off-road terrain, while also providing enough stability to cruise around town.

Supermoto bikes have become increasingly popular in recent years for their versatility and easy maneuverability.

They’re great for those who want to get off the beaten path and explore challenging terrain, or just cruise around town.

What are they made for?

Supermoto bikes are built with the intention of taking on any terrain.

Whether you’re looking to tear up a dirt track or cruise the streets, these bikes can handle it all. 

Originally, supermoto bikes were made strictly for racing and competition.

However, over the years, these bikes have become popular with riders looking for a machine that can handle both off-road and on-road riding.

Street Legal Supermotos

Being strictly made for sport, street legality was not a concern for those who first made supermoto bikes.

That said, components that are necessary for street-legal bikes were often not added to these early supermoto bikes in order to save weight and increase performance. 

However, with the rise in popularity of these machines over the years, many companies have now started to make supermotos specifically for street use.

Manufacturers such as KTM, Husqvarna, and Yamaha are now producing supermoto bikes that are designed with all the necessary components needed to be street-legal.

These bikes typically have larger headlights, taillights, and turn signals, as well as mirrors for safety.

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Content Editor: Ethan Orenstein

Ethan is not just any motorcycle enthusiast. With a decade of experience riding, maintaining, and restoring a range of motorcycles, Ethan brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Many of the tips and tricks shared on this site are born from hours spent wrenching on personal bikes. Paired with his experience as a journalist covering DMV & insurance topics, MotorcycleZombies.com is a must-visit site for any home-mechanic. Every article has been carefully reviewed and edited to ensure accuracy, authenticity, and simplicity - all to help bring your bike back from the dead and onto the road.

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