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Old 06-15-2008, 06:37 PM   #556
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Real nice all pavement ride today heading up towads the Rhinebeck area. Swapped with friend who has a Superlight- his first words when we stopped were "I need to get one of these"

To be fair, I was thinking "I really should get another one of these real soon" . His has a 944 kit and has the cams indexed, and the power delivery is remarkably similar to the 950. Different kind of ride of course, neither better nor worse- just different.

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Old 06-15-2008, 08:10 PM   #557
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Hey guys. what are the service costs for the 950SM?
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:47 AM   #558
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I paid $450 or so for my first service which includes a valve check/adjust. That's the same service checklist as the 10K major service I think.
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:51 AM   #559
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Just got back from a 10 day, 3600 mile tour to the Ozarks on my SMR. The bike works quite well as a SPORT-touring mount. Small tank wasn't an issue as I always managed to find gas every 100 miles or so. The stock seat will be replaced over the winter, but it didn't completely suck either. I had an Alaska Leather sheepskin buttpad that took the edge off, but my butt is going to be a bit achy after a 400 mile day on any stock seat I've used (and even some aftermarket ones).
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:55 AM   #560
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... I had an Alaska Leather sheepskin buttpad that took the edge off, ...
I used the Aerostitch sheepskin yesterday (picture of it on one of the early pages of the thread). It works pretty well for a day's riding.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:31 AM   #561
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I have had the 950SM for 3 weeks now and have done about 3000km.

I am buzzing after a great ride on tight, twisty mountain roads.

The 950SM is the most fun bike I have ever had. Before the 950SM I was pretty intimidated by the tight downhill corners here (cliffs rocks and death waiting at every corner) as I was used to flat straight roads.

The bike is helping me gain confidence in my skills and I am much more relaxed and alert.

I think I will fit some wings and Pirelli Diablos and sell my other two bikes.

I think I am falling in love.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:06 PM   #562
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How is it as a commuter? trying to convince a friend to get it
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:12 PM   #563
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It does everything the Adventure does, only better on tar. It will not likely tumble over on you at a stop, it squirts in/out of traffic like a shot, sits tall for commanding view, stops NOW!!!, steers light, pick backin it in, dropping a knee or anything in between. Rough pavement is a blessing on this bike, traction everywhere, gravel, dirt in corners, rippled or broken tar mid corner, no sweat. Handguards pound mirrors nicely, commanding view into most cars & light trucks.

Yeah, its OK.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:49 PM   #564
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How is it as a commuter? trying to convince a friend to get it
Think of it as a lightweight, comfortable standard with state of the art chassis brakes and suspension.

It's a naked so you can drop it without needing to sell a kidney. It is about as forgiving as a bike can get in the corners.

It is a very practical everyday bike. I think a lot of people are thrown by the Supermoto name and can't see past that.

I think it is a great commuter and a dream bike all rolled into one.

The porche 911 of the bike world.
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:33 AM   #565
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...Yeah, its OK.

Yeah, ok about describes it.

Or, you can check post # 1 for the 7 word explanation.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:21 AM   #566
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In VisorDown today (quote");

"It's not possible to ride the KTM without laughing; it reduces anyone who tries it to a whooping, skidding, leg-out-in-the-corners idiot."

And,

"The first time you ride the 950 you will dismount and gibber like a poisonous monkey - it's that good."

Read the whole article;
http://www.visordown.com/articles/vi...l&attr=feature
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:12 AM   #567
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[quote=wpbarlow]Yeah, ok about describes it.

Having a fleet of leftovers is kinda nice when this one gets ragged, no need to shout from the mountaintops!!! A whisper is enough, anyone who understands already has one,,,SHHHHH!
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:33 AM   #568
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[quote=reconsmr]
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A whisper is enough, anyone who understands already has one.
Well said...
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:52 PM   #569
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As an ex Adventure owner I've watched this bike and thread with a lot of interest. Just ordered a left over '07 SMR from Smith Powersports and it can't get to me soon enough!! Can't wait to get it fully farkled!
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:00 AM   #570
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Saw these akro's on fleebay. I live in Spain so no good for me.
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