How about a small introduction of yourself to the readers of Supermoto Central?
My name's Lieven, nickname Skully and I live in Belgium.
How did you get into supermoto and what do you find so great about it?
The supermoto virus started manifesting when I got into mopeds, my first "bike" was a derbi senda which I rode for 3 years. After that I was hungry for a real supermoto so I got my bike license and bought a converted ktm 450 exc. I'm not a big fan of high speeds so sportsbikes and the such to me are nice to look at but I'd never buy something like that. I'd rather take something agile that you can play around with and that's pretty much what supermoto is all about.
When and how did the idea for this project originated? What was your inspiration?
I wouldn't so much call it a project but you know how it goes. You get a bike, start adding parts here and there and before you know it you're further away from stock then you thought. I did want to go a little further than the simple wheels and brakes conversion.
What’s was the base for your project?
The bike started out life as a 2008 530 exc-r, an enduro bike.
Can you tell us in short how the build went? Did you have any big problems or did it all went smooth?
The conversion was pretty straight forward. I used all the important parts like wheels and brakes from my previous 450, everything bolted right up. All the other stuff I got are basicly ktm power parts so they're all easy and pretty straight forward to fit.
What do you use your bike for? Do you ride it on the street or just take it to the track once in a while?
Mostly street riding with the occasional trackday thrown in.
Is this your first supermoto project or did you also build other supermoto bikes?
like I said my previous bike was a 2005 450 exc converted to supermoto, nothing special but it served me well for just over 3 years, very fun bike and reliability wise it never gave me any headaches. I managed to gather just under 25000 km before I made the switch to the next ride.
Do you have any plans for another supermoto project in the future?
Not really, the current bike has got to last me a couple more years, then who knows.
Have you got any tips or advice for people that want to start a project like this?
everyone can convert a bike to supermoto if you can handle a wrench. I still think building your own bike is more fun then buying an out of the box model because you can use whatever you want for your build, might be a little more expensive but I think it's worth it.
Further info about the bike:
KTM EXC 530 R converted to supermoto
Stock except for a Akrapovic Exhaust System
stock White Power suspension rebuilt by EMC37 for supermoto use
ktm hard parts triple clamps 18-20 mm offset
white plastics with custom graphics (created by ketchonaise graphics)
black behr wheels
17*3,5 inch front
17*5 inch back
rear setup= stock
front setup= radial beringer master cylinder (type BRO-12 17,5 mm), 310 mm braking rotor, beringer 6 piston caliper, stainless steel braided brakeline
ktm power parts catch can
ktm power parts axle sliders
ktm power parts quick release skid plate
ktm power parts frame guards
ktm power parts catch can