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Old 10-07-2007, 05:44 PM   #271
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Did another near 300 mile day yesterday with the NY crew. About 1/2 was the actual mixed surface ride with a 70 mile ride to the start and about an 85 mile ride home on highways (some fun ones though). I have to admit that I was standing a bit on the way home . Really not all that bad though: and this is one of the advantages of the twin "supermoto"- it would have been tough miles on a single supermoto. I also had to do a bit of "creative" lane riding and lane splitting to avoid a long traffic snarl getting onto Rt. 95 to get to the GW bridge. The bike excells at both these tasks.

I still have the stock 17t countershaft sprocket on the bike and never felt the need for a change. However, there were a number of times yesterday when I felt it would have been advantageous. Odd, must have been the combination of following speed and road dynamics.





Time for an oil change. Maybe I should do a "how to". Should be a lot easier than changing it on the A.
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:29 PM   #272
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I got to demo both the 950sm and 950smr this weekend. I was considering a Buell Ulysses but now the 950sm is my next bike!! Pure fun...nothing else to say about it.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:00 AM   #273
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Don't really need to lean much to keep up with an SE.

ya need loads to pass a gixer around the outside though me on track yesterday.



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Old 10-09-2007, 12:50 PM   #274
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ya need loads to pass a gixer around the outside though me on track yesterday.



I wish I could make my tires look like that. Nice work!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:21 PM   #275
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as long as they are warm and you are on your 950sm, you can.

when she was fully banked over there was still loads of grip. Even hard on the gas.

The only problem I had on the track was the ground clearence .

the pegs would deck out before you limits where reached.

If ya get really hard on the gas she starts to power slide. Savage craic.

Near limit less grip from a fantastic bike.

Tyres are regular road diablos. the cheap ones. Not the corsa type.
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:40 PM   #276
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Did you change the stock suspensions settigns at all?
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:43 PM   #277
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Did you change the stock suspensions settigns at all?
went to the sports setting in the book. with 1 turn of extra preload on the front and click extra rebound damping on the front as well.

helped stop the dive under hard braking.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:42 AM   #278
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Enjoying this thread, but +1 on requests for comparison of the SM and the SD. Anyone?

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Old 10-10-2007, 05:16 AM   #279
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Enjoying this thread, but +1 on requests for comparison of the SM and the SD. Anyone?Ray
Imo, very different bikes. The SD (like the Tuono) is an almost sit up sport bike with all that implies; and the 950SM is, well, more of a sm- that is, works on smooth roads and is also a hoot on bad and unpaved roads. I won't say one is intrinsically "better" than the other- it really depends what you like to do.

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Old 10-28-2007, 06:22 PM   #280
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Mmmnn, must have missed a report somewhere. Oh well, played sportbike for +350 miles today chasing some friends around lower NY state. Maybe my first no-dirt ride ever Did just fine naturally.

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:23 PM   #281
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How did the SM do chasing those boxers? My buddy has a boxer like those and I ride with him often.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:38 PM   #282
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How did the SM do chasing those boxers? My buddy has a boxer like those and I ride with him often.
I'm guessing the SM handed those boxers their lunch
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:03 AM   #283
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How did the SM do chasing those boxers? My buddy has a boxer like those and I ride with him often.

No issues of course. At a friendly street pace, even a fast one, pretty much every bike works fine: and it's hardly the determing factor.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:36 AM   #284
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I'm guessing the SM handed those boxers their lunch
Yeah...sorry, I didn't mean to imply that he was behind or the bike was behind. I merely was asking how they are as riding companions. I am in the market for the SM and my buddy rides the Boxer-Cup replica. I have ridden both and know they are completely different beasts, but I had imagined that they would make a good riding pair.

How do like the SM for 80 MPH highway cruising? On my short demo ride it felt fine for me, but my mates contend that I won't be happy covering miles on the SM and are suggesting the Tuono? Any thoughts? Feel free to PM me if you don't want the thread hi-jacked.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:03 AM   #285
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Yeah...sorry, I didn't mean to imply that he was behind or the bike was behind. I merely was asking how they are as riding companions. I am in the market for the SM and my buddy rides the Boxer-Cup replica. I have ridden both and know they are completely different beasts, but I had imagined that they would make a good riding pair.

How do like the SM for 80 MPH highway cruising? On my short demo ride it felt fine for me, but my mates contend that I won't be happy covering miles on the SM and are suggesting the Tuono? Any thoughts? Feel free to PM me if you don't want the thread hi-jacked.

They are a good riding pair- and I'd add that (again) it's more a people pace thing than a bike pace thing. At least until you hit the dirt roads

As far as highway cruising- that's like asking which bike I'd like to have fall on me- why a lighter one of course

The 950SM is a lot better doing the highway drone than I expected- especially with the windscreen I have (Hyde Racing). There is very little (virtually no) helmet wind buffeting, and the only place I really feel any wind pressure is at my shoulder blades/arm sockets- which only really became noticeable after I put on the risers. Otoh, I've never pounded out more than 2 hours of highway at any time on it so can't say if it would get painfully annoying.

Clearly it's not the best choice for a freeway flier. Then again, neither is the Tuono; tough I think it's a little better becase of the more leaned over riding position (ditto the Superduke or any naked sportbike for that matter).

But I doubt that you'd be considering any of these bikes if highway performance was high on the list. It's just something to use to get to where you really want to ride. In that context, it's fine.
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