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Old 05-10-2007, 04:16 AM   #181
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Excellent. I'll have to head up that way some time soon. Seems local law enforcement are working hard to take any play out of the grounds around here (Bucks County). I've been told that it'll be that way for the next month or so.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:26 PM   #182
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Hello SM fans,

I just got back from a 2,300 mile jaunt around Wyoming and the Black Hills in SD. The touring SM, see post 70, is just about to turn 10,000 miles and is running better than ever. It's time to set the valves, put on new rubbers, maybe wash it, and I might think about doing the brake recall thing. Have a fun and safe summer.

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Old 05-18-2007, 04:11 AM   #183
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Hello SM fans,

I just got back from a 2,300 mile jaunt around Wyoming and the Black Hills in SD. The touring SM, see post 70, is just about to turn 10,000 miles and is running better than ever. ...Steve
Hey, don't you know it's not a touring bike!

I wouldn't be surprised if that's the high mileage SM so far.
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Old 05-18-2007, 06:16 AM   #184
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Hey, don't you know it's not a touring bike!

I wouldn't be surprised if that's the high mileage SM so far.
My brother and I went for a test ride on the 950 SM last wekend. It was sweet. I have the 950 SE as I like dirt, mud and sand. He wants a big bike for the road and a bit of dirt. We both loved the SM.

How is the SM on dirt with dirt/ road tyres on the original rims? How is it for small jumps and creeks?

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Old 05-18-2007, 05:16 PM   #185
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...How is the SM on dirt with dirt/ road tyres on the original rims? How is it for small jumps and creeks?Bruce
I find the stock tires/rims are fine on dirt roads and the couple of stream crossings I've done (only 1 of which had a slick bottom). Same with the small jumps I've done.
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Old 05-18-2007, 07:10 PM   #186
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Helllllo Walter... (spoken as Sienfeld speaks to Newman ),

I agree with your assessment of the 950s prowess on dirt roads and even some trails, but the bottom of my Akro exhaust would beg to differ on the jump-ability of the bike!

Here is a pic of my two 950s in Death Valley 2 weeks ago. Did a section of dirt road that was 130 miles pavement to pavement and about 180 gas to gas. I don't think I need to tell you about the limited fuel range of the SM... It had one section of about 5-10 miles of super rocky downhill two-track where I bottomed the exhaust on rocks a couple of times, and if it hadn't gone anywhere I don't think we would have been riding these bikes out. It was however a route I had on GPS from this years DV days, so I knew if those old bastards on GS's could get through so could I!

Anyway, the 950 Adv. had some Pilot Power track day take-offs on it and extended sections of gravel combined with heat and speed absolutely ate the rear tire. About a 1/2" wide section in the center of the tire was showing cords when we got the bike home! The Pirelli Scorps on the SM were great once again however.

This picture was taken at about the 50 mile mark and shortly before things got nasty.

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Old 05-19-2007, 08:50 AM   #187
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Hey Brent- how's it going? Well, by the looks of it

The bottom pipe is something that you need to watch out for, but properly executed (or small in my case) jumps haven't been an issue so far. Rocks and improperly jumped tall curbs are another thing though

How are you liking the R seat? I'm sending him my Capo seat in a week and then the 950 seat when that comes back.

And what what you say about us old bastards
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:07 AM   #188
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When I first got the Renazco seat back I truly wasn't sure I was going to like it. I mean I knew I'd like it but would I like it $400 more than the stocker?

Well after the trip to the desert (1500 miles in 4 days), the seat is properly broken in and I now have to agree with all the others who rave about these seats. When you look at it and sit down it truly looks and feels stock at first but within a few miles you realize the big difference.


Sorry about that last shot Walter, I always pictured you as old but never as a GS rider!










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Old 05-19-2007, 02:05 PM   #189
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Hi

Hey Brent,

I am an old guy like Walter(?) I live just over the hill from you on the Mt. Rose Hwy. I also have a 950 SM and have it set up somewhat like yours, with the idea of using it like a (dare I say) GS. A much ligher, faster, and all together much cooler GS.

I have ridden a lot of te Death Valley stuff on my EXC's. In the process I have run across GS's in places I wouldn't have thought they could go...with old guys or young guys aboard.

PM me if you'd like to get together and compare notes sometime.

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Old 05-19-2007, 09:52 PM   #190
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...Sorry about that last shot Walter, I always pictured you as old but never as a GS rider!
Old? Yes. GS? NEVER
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:24 PM   #191
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My puter's been broke for the last few days, I hate these things sometimes.

The SM works great on most jeep trails and gravel roads, just watch the rocks and curbs like Walter says. The SM will do anything off road a GS will do and leave it for dead on twisty asphalt.

I got a 2.5 gallon gas can from wally world that I bungee on the back when I'm worried about how many miles it is to the next gas.

And it's a great touring bike. Plug in the iPod and watch the miles roll by

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Old 05-21-2007, 09:08 PM   #192
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And it's a great touring bike.
You're a better man than me! Two hours and I am more ready for a good break
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:15 PM   #193
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This looks like a REALLY cool spot and the pic is 'just right'!



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Old 05-22-2007, 07:52 PM   #194
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Short, but sweet




For the rest of the story, see
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=232660
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:18 PM   #195
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4986 Miles, and the longest day (so far)

343 miles today- my longest saddle stint on the bike. Call me mister tenderbuns right now

It's not actually that bad- but it is definately not the bike's strong suit. A Renazco is most likely in the cards in the near future. I think I'm going to put on handlebar risers also as the bars are a bit low when I'm standing.

The reason for the miles today was a ride that could have been tailor made for the bike- smooth and rough twisties and a couple of (unplanned, but so it goes) hard twisty dirt roads. Come to think of it, seeing as how I did the route, I guess it was tailor made Other than a sometimes stall when idling (seems to happen to a lot of 950s), the thing is carb'd pretty close to perfect- lets me really enjoy the powerband and flow- one of the best things about the bike.

Scheduled for klacker surgery on Wednesday.

Not being a narcissistic 950A or SE owner ( ), I only have a picture of the back of the bike.

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