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Old 04-04-2008, 05:30 AM   #466
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:31 AM   #467
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:34 AM   #468
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:23 AM   #469
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I mounted up my large Laminar screen and rode 100 miles or so yesterday. I'm gonna stick with it, but I think Garry's assessment was spot-on: It provides decent body protection, but slightly increases the airflow, therefore noise at the helmet. I guess that's to be expected - that wind has to go somewhere! It's a clean flow, though, and I wear a noisy helmet to begin with (Arai Corsair) and always wear earplugs, so it's a good compromise.

By way of comparison, the large Pretender screen...I don't think does much of anything that I can tell, except generate turbulence. I like the ride better without it.

BTW, I'm 5'9".




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Old 04-06-2008, 09:25 PM   #470
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Count me as a member of the Orange Army, too. Just picked up a new-to-me 950SM yesterday (the original owner was an ADVRider, no less). Pics to follow.

Initial impressions are very positive! Good thing they're considered ugly or everyone would have one!
there only ugly for a while,once you get used to it,its very cool looking
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:44 PM   #471
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there only ugly for a while,once you get used to it,its very cool looking
i already agree.

i can't get over the impression of quality this bike exudes. yes, it's got plastic body work. but the hardware, fit-and-finish, clutch/shifter action, and engine sound are top-notch. the clutch action is like butter!
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:30 AM   #472
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My new 950 sm ran like crap untill I did the cannisterectomy and changed the exhausts. It wouldnt start when hot and would klack while trying to start it.
Now it has way more power and is very reliable starting when hot or cold.
It is well worth the time and money to change it.
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Got a great 200 mile run in N GA on a rare 65 degree day in Feb. I need input from you guys on two issues.
1- Hot Restarts... Stopped every 50 -60 miles and it was reluctant to fire back up every time.
2- I've never owned a carbbed street bike before. Is the persistent backfiring when short in the gears normal? Is it a result of the cats plugging the outflow? Is an aftermarket exhaust a way to curtail it or should I just learn to live with it?
Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:55 PM   #473
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Continued beautiful weather in the Garden State; so I got out yesterday for a toot with some friends.

Odd mixing of bikes...
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:57 PM   #474
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This would be a nice 1 picture response for the seemingly eternal question... why a 950SM instead of a Hypermotard, SuperDuke, Tuono, S3, etc...
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:31 AM   #475
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Did a very high fun all twisty pavement ride today. Needed oil topping off before starting- little more than a quarter of a quart (350ml). Other than than no worries. The main sentiment expressed in the first post in the thread still applies

It actually capped of a nice "orange" weekend- as I did a nice rolliking 150 miles with the A Saturday.

The destination was an annual Norton gathering that draws a nice old crock bike crowd. If you want to see pictures from there, check out http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331406 and http://www.ballpeenbindery.com/norton08/index.html


I didn't take any pictures of my bike, so here's one from the archives.

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Old 04-21-2008, 07:41 PM   #476
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Here's my SM-R in sport-touring mode from this past weekend:

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:10 PM   #477
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Here's my SM-R in sport-touring mode from this past weekend:
Very nice. Is that the large or small tail box? And do you know if it would be easy enough to move the mounting a bit forward? Finally, how do you like the Leo Vince pipes? TIA
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:39 PM   #478
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Here's my SM-R in sport-touring mode from this past weekend:

Looks great!
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:07 AM   #479
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Very nice. Is that the large or small tail box? And do you know if it would be easy enough to move the mounting a bit forward? Finally, how do you like the Leo Vince pipes? TIA
That is the large (46L) KTM topcase (made by Shad). I don't think any topcase looks good on a bike like this, but it could certainly look worse. I don't have to look at it while riding and it carries lots of stuff which especially handy this time of year (low 40s in the morning, 60+ in the afternoon).

If it was possible to move it forward, you would never get the seat off without unbolting the PITA mounting plates (3 of them). As it is there is precious little wiggle room to remove the seat. Plus it's pretty easy to kick the box with your foot when getting on the bike. Moving it forward would make it even tighter.

FWIW, that's the Wolfman Enduro tank bag. Fits fine on the SM-R and works with my DRZ too. It's rather small. I just wanted a convenient spot for my camera, wallet, cell phone, etc. Laminar Lip (taller) windscreen, an Alaska Leather buttpad stolen from my sportbike and a RAM mount for my eTrex GPS. Did a 12 hour day on Saturday (456 miles) and the stock seat with buttpad and padded mtn bike shorts made it pretty reasonable. Not comfy per se, but I wasn't hating life either.

The Leos sound nice with the inserts in and badass with them out. I like the tone with them out more, but it's just too much around town. Fine on the open road though. People that have followed me say they're fine with the inserts out. YMMV...
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:42 AM   #480
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Hey Garry

What kind of mmileage range do you get with the SMR/SE tank? I've got the standard tank, and wlthough it holds plenty of fuel, i'm severely tempted to slim it down to the SMR tank and seat combo, to make her a bit more freindly in the corners... given the switch isn't gonna be outlandishly expensive.

Whatt's your take on the smaller tank? Thanks in advance!
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