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Old 08-28-2008, 06:16 AM   #766
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....Got the full touring package and looking forward to some great rides.

What's the "full touring package"? A large can of Monkey Butt powder?


Congratulations and welcome to the club!
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:59 AM   #767
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I bought my bike, and learned almost everything I needed to know, because of Walter and this thread.

So Walter, take a bow mate! You started a good thing here!
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:04 AM   #768
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Next question: Lighting.

My headlight sucks. I guess that's not news, but I live in the woods where the deer and drunks come out at night. I have Hella high powered headlights and Hella 500 fog lights in my 91 Toyota truck. The headlights kick butt all by themselves, and the fogs are angled out to light up the woods and the fields next to the road. This has saved my truck several times already when I can see Deer coming across the field long before they get to the road in front of me.

I've read the HID conversion post on KTMTalk and that's a possibility, but is anyone running aux lights on a 950SM?
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:29 AM   #769
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Good question Chuck. The low beam on mine is pretty good, The high is very vague.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:48 PM   #770
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Mounting Aux Lights

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Next question: Lighting.

I've read the HID conversion post on KTMTalk and that's a possibility, but is anyone running aux lights on a 950SM?
I have a set of the small bullet-shaped PIAAs that I have yet to mount. I'm thinking about a simple L bracket mounted to the front of my hand guards. Any thoughts?

btw, the HID conversion rocks!
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:29 PM   #771
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That's pretty much what I was thinking about for the aux lights...small ones on the handguards. There's no other good places I can think of.

You did the HID conversion? How do you like it? What kit did you use? Anything you'd do differently?
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:51 PM   #772
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What's the "full touring package"? A large can of Monkey Butt powder?


Congratulations and welcome to the club!
Thanks Walter!

I'm so looking forward to start riding again - I felt detached whilst riding my R1200GS.

Touring package - KTM Australia are getting rid of their allocated stockpile of 2007 (yes 2007) 950's, with the 990 already on the showroom floor.

You get the topbox, tankbag, pannier support frames and soft panniers - all for free - included in the $16,500 RRP. normal RRP is $18,999.....


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Old 08-28-2008, 07:02 PM   #773
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That's pretty much what I was thinking about for the aux lights...small ones on the handguards. There's no other good places I can think of.

You did the HID conversion? How do you like it? What kit did you use? Anything you'd do differently?
The only other place where I can think of are to put L brackets on the bolts that hold the horn cover and coolant overflow cover on each side of the tank. Not sure what those bolts thread into - right into the tank, I think... might not be too sturdy...

The big worry for the handguard mounts is that they're swinging free in the wind a bit, and might be susceptible to the odd knock.

Ah the HID conversion. I used this kit:
http://www.cqlight.ca/product_info.p...products_id=92

Works just great, but I have to rev the bike a bit to get the high beam servo to kick in. Odd.... but the low is mighty powerful! I got the 6500k one, I think, as I wanted a slightly purple light. I feel that type of light stands out better in the daytime. In retrospect, I'd probably go with the 5000k one as it's less tunerboy cartoon-like.

It fit quite easily, except for the mounting ring that I had to Dremel out -- I'm a bit of a measure-once-cut-twice kinda guy, and I ground too much out for it to be sturdy. One of these days I'll order another ring and do it right. Other than that, it's really simple, totally plug-and-play, and REALLY worthwhile.

I think I'll wire the PIAAs up to the high beam when I get around to it.

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Old 08-28-2008, 07:07 PM   #774
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Luggage!

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Thanks Walter!

I'm so looking forward to start riding again - I felt detached whilst riding my R1200GS.

Touring package - KTM Australia are getting rid of their allocated stockpile of 2007 (yes 2007) 950's, with the 990 already on the showroom floor.

You get the topbox, tankbag, pannier support frames and soft panniers - all for free - included in the $16,500 RRP. normal RRP is $18,999.....
I sprung for this luggage setup:
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/3742/656/

The mounts are excellent! I can get them on or off in about a minute, and they leave a couple of unobtrusive brackets once removed.

Jason

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Old 08-28-2008, 07:12 PM   #775
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I've let 3 friends, all multiple bike owners and good riders, take her for a test, they are all amazed at the competance of the bike in the twisties and overall.
Ever since then I have been dreaming of the 950SM thanks Bird! Especially since I was cornering at speeds on the SM on the Cherohala that my bike wont reach in straight line...ever
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:14 PM   #776
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You guys trying to work out some aux lighting for the SM might want to look at Steverino's thread about his solution for the SE. The Trail Techs are tough, effective, and reasonably priced. The integrated ballasts make them easy to mount.
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:27 PM   #777
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Hey...good thread! Thanks!!
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:04 PM   #778
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I sprung for this luggage setup:
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/3742/656/

The mounts are excellent! I can get them on or off in about a minute, and they leave a couple of unobtrusive brackets once removed.

Jason
Jason,

I'll be getting something similar if the wife decides to go touring next year (which necessitates a Corbin/Russell/custom seat methinks as well) - the soft panniers are great for short trips only I feel.

Cheers,

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Old 08-29-2008, 04:32 AM   #779
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I'll be getting something similar if the wife decides to go touring next year (which necessitates a Corbin/Russell/custom seat methinks as well) - the soft panniers are great for short trips only I feel.
I rode from Toronto Canada to Las Vegas and back in 14 days -- that's 8400km in 12 days of riding. Before I left I swapped out to the KTM gel saddle, but I don't think it made much difference. I beleive the stock saddle is pretty much as good.

I'm good for a 1000km day on the stock saddle. I squrim between three different positions -- standing, back towards the rear, and letting my legs dangle.

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Old 08-29-2008, 08:53 PM   #780
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Jason,

I think I'll be right, Im just worried about Mrs Mackwell - I can do 1000km days on sportsbikes et al, its not a drama, but I think the rear pillion perch isnt that great.

Im thinking of getting a spare seat and handing it to a local guy here (who does wonders for about $400 labour/parts) to turn the seat base pan into a touring seat.

What's the windshield I see on yours?

I spoke to a 950 Enduro R owner who put the 690SM high windshield on his bike, fits and looks good...

Cheers, Chris

PS. This thread rocks!
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