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bwleather
08-02-2009, 9:54 AM
So I've had my eye on jap singles (bikes you pervs) for quite a while now & I really like the SR500. Just wondering pros & cons of these bikes. I've read that singles/ dirt bike style/ motard type engines really don't hold up well under freeway conditions/ long periods of time at steady high revs.
Any input &/or opinions are much appreciated.

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bwleather
08-03-2009, 9:44 AM
Really? How about single cylinders in general?

Boylecomm
08-03-2009, 9:52 AM
I wouldn't want to ride mine for a long period time it's ringing pretty hard at 75mph.
It's an amazing around town bike super nimble and quick. tough kick to fire though a ton of compression.

NaK
08-03-2009, 10:36 AM
I would think a 500 would be fine at 70mph. My sr250 cruised 65 without a problem,topped out at 90mph, and still had alot low end for burnouts and wheelies.

bwleather
08-03-2009, 10:43 PM
Thanks gents. Appreciate the info.

onigoroshi
08-04-2009, 12:53 AM
"So I've had my eye on jap singles (bikes you pervs) "

you could do a lot worse than pick up a japanese chick. heh

dunno what you have in regards to aftermarket parts but you could increase engine capacity

http://www.geocities.jp/sr400max/

bwleather
08-04-2009, 5:41 PM
"So I've had my eye on jap singles (bikes you pervs) "

you could do a lot worse than pick up a japanese chick. heh

dunno what you have in regards to aftermarket parts but you could increase engine capacity

http://www.geocities.jp/sr400max/

I like the 500cc range, just concerned about prematurely destroying the engine. Plus, I thought this would be useful info for others as well. Looks like I'm gonna have to wait a bit longer to pick one up anyway. Funds just got reeeal short.

Thanks guys.

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erikweste
08-04-2009, 7:15 PM
I dont have input on an SR, but maybe a little light on the question of singles.

I was riding a Suzuki DRZ400 supermoto for a few months commuting a few days / week. When I first rode it, I felt it was a little anemic and 75mph on the freeway was ringing it pretty damn good. This was stock gearing, so we dropped 4 teeth on the rear to help the freeway riding since that is the majority of what it got. The bike LOVED the taller gearing and fares well for the 4 stroke power, easily did 75 and topped out at closer to 100, rather than 80 as previously. The bike became MUCH more fun to ride on freeway and in town.

However, that bike is still a dirt bike and the motor is not designed to go thousands of miles without some head work. The SR is a street bike at heart and the mileage / maintenance is not an issue like the DRZ, but possibly a gearing change will give it what you desire.

I know its on my list of probable builds.

~E

bwleather
08-04-2009, 8:35 PM
^^^^That's the stuff!^^^^

billybiltit
08-05-2009, 9:59 AM
it really comes down to what rpm you are holding it at while you fly down the highway(for any motor).if you have it in the lower middle (or so) of the rev range they will all live a nice long healthy life.
if on the other hand you are taching near max rpm's for long periods something is going to go.
so "shit happens the more rpms the faster it happens",hehe.thats my take anyways,

leon holmes
p.s. gear it to run wherever it spends the most of it's time and "live with it" everywhere else.

Boylecomm
08-05-2009, 10:38 AM
Exactly! I don't want a smaller gear around town for sure. Yes the bike will top out well over 75mph it's just not comfortable at any thing over that speed for a period of time. In the bikes defense I'm not kind to it at all, I also love a lot of bottom end so it's a bit of a compromise.


it really comes down to what rpm you are holding it at while you fly down the highway(for any motor).if you have it in the lower middle (or so) of the rev range they will all live a nice long healthy life.
if on the other hand you are taching near max rpm's for long periods something is going to go.
so "shit happens the more rpms the faster it happens",hehe.thats my take anyways,

leon holmes
p.s. gear it to run wherever it spends the most of it's time and "live with it" everywhere else.