There simply are not enough big-displacement supermotards in this world we live in. There is the Ducati Hypermotard 939, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900, then there is the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto, and well…that’s about it.
Thankfully, I am not alone in feeling that this is a big travesty – a crime against motorcycling itself, even. That is where Maxwell Hazan (the man behind Hazan Motorworks) comes in, with his “HazanSMR” project.
It starts with a 942cc LC8 v-twin engine from KTM, and it ends with a ~310 lbs motorcycle that spits 110hp to the rear wheel. Go ahead, we’ll give you a moment to compose yourself before continuing onward.
We have been following Hazan’s project for a little while now (you owe it to yourself to see the other motorcycles that have come out of his Southern California workshop), and the HazanSMR has us giddy with tire-shredding delight.
The bike looks the part too, and though it’s not finished yet, we like the pieces that Hazan has used thus far, with WP Suspension, magnesium Marchesini wheels (with a 16.5″ front hoop), dual rotors and Brembo brakes up front, and a pair of Keihin FCR 41 carburetors completing the package.
Hopefully we will see more builders and manufacturers embrace the dark side of supermoto, and make some more maxi-motard machines for our two-wheeled addiction.