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Old 02-16-2012, 01:12 PM   #6691
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+1 I recognize the SM is not a perfect bike, but right now, it is perfect for me. Good luck!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:59 PM   #6692
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There is no perfect bike, but having a bike is better than the other options
It's the closest to perfect that I've yet found. I can tour and commute on this bike, and do track days at a brisk clip.

I get to ride any and every bike I care to, and some I'd rather not, and I'm always happy to get back on the SM.

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Old 02-16-2012, 06:31 PM   #6693
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... I too am letting mine go....

Whoa!! I did not see that coming! Sorry to see you and 'the shop' selling your Katooms. What's next goodcat if I may ask? Thanks for all of your interesting posts and especially the bitchin' pics. Best to you both.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:07 PM   #6694
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Whoa!! I did not see that coming! Sorry to see you and 'the shop' selling your Katooms. What's next goodcat if I may ask? Thanks for all of your interesting posts and especially the bitchin' pics. Best to you both.
I don't wanna talk about it!! Makes me sad!

For me to own any bike for more than a year is rare. Gonna snag up an '09 or '11 Bonnie. Probably roll that for a year then get somethin else. Mines going for $6200 firm in the flea market. I'll list her in Craigslist for $7,000 because I'd much rather it go to an inmate.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:23 PM   #6695
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It's the closest to perfect that I've yet found. I can tour and commute on this bike, and do track days at a brisk clip.

I get to ride any and every bike I care to, and some I'd rather not, and I'm always happy to get back on the SM.

Jason

Yea i agree, but the SM stock suspension sucks suck sucks, way to soft for SMsport riding. I am hoping mine after re-valve and new springs proves me wrong. I gotta say tho i love riding the bike, but the trick lil-SV650S in the garage is a blast as well. just depends on the day.

Sorry to see Katoomers go
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:22 PM   #6696
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Few semi crappy iphone pics from todays ride.
God bless california winters








Really digging this color for my future stable mate.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:32 AM   #6697
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Few semi crappy iphone pics from todays ride.
God bless california winters








Really digging this color for my future stable mate.

Looks like Orange, if so i have always like Competition Orange and Black scheme.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:13 AM   #6698
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Hay Marine! Have you looked at (better yet ridden) the 675 R? Not the sport bike. It'll easily keep up with the Super Motos and the sound.............. there is nothing on earth like the sound of a triple at full song!
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:33 AM   #6699
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Oh sure! Taunt us with a bike that actually comes with a seat!
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #6700
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Always liked the ST's, street and speed. I'm looking to make a little roadster though. Less performance based, more comfort and bark while still able to get around a turn at a decent clip.
I agree with others that the SM is as close to a perfect bike as I've ever had. I can't find fault in it. Just wanna shuffle the cards for a bit.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #6701
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After riding my 950SM to Moto GP and back, my buddy just traded his BMW for a 990SM-T. He lives in the frozen tundra and hasn't had much of a chance to ride it yet. But he's coming for a visit in April.

Does anyone know if the seats are interchangable between a 950SM and a 990SM-T?

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:40 PM   #6702
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Nope. There's a big difference in the front portion. The seats on the SM and the SM-R weren't interchangeable either.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #6703
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Hay Marine! Have you looked at (better yet ridden) the 675 R? Not the sport bike. It'll easily keep up with the Super Motos and the sound.............. there is nothing on earth like the sound of a triple at full song!
Especially out of an uncorked Leo Vince can. I miss my baby.

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Old 02-17-2012, 05:56 PM   #6704
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Have you guys ever noticed that some bikes have "character and personality"..whatever that is , while some you never get attached to at all ?

Some people love their V-Stroms while I see zero to like about them. A few years ago I bought a new ST-1300 when they first came out. Nice motor, comfortable tourer, would do straightup throttle wheelies ...... but I never actually liked the bike, never looked forward to throwing a leg over and riding it. It was for the most part flawless as far as fit and finish, never missed a beat but owning it was like owning a refrigerator . It may be flawless but you still don't get attached to it. I owned it for 3 years and did not ride it for the last 2 years.

My 950 SM is the opposite of the ST-1300. Since I was born in the Bronze Age, I have had the good fortune to own and ride a lot of motorcycles and for some reason I am more attached to my 950 SM than any other bike I have ever owned. It fits me and my riding style and also my 30 year old, kneedragging, roadracing Son's riding style. That is pretty versatile. To me, it has that "character and personality" that we are always looking for.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:38 PM   #6705
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I must know you. I was born when the earth's crust cooled.
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