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Old 02-18-2013, 04:07 AM   #8236
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Yes.

Ahh, cool:



They say: "Minimal trimming of the stock tank shrouds is necessary for fitment." No instructions found so far. Any idea what they're talking about?

FYI, link to the product on Safari's website:

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Seems like a BIG increase -- 30 liters (up from stock 14 liters). I've never had a motorcycle with a nearly 8 gallon capacity! Seems huge.

Anyway, still not sure, but gonna make a decision in the next day or three.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #8237
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Why the stock 950 SMR tank is so small

The stock fuel tank capacity is in direct proportion to the discomfort of the stock seat.

It is likely that KTM spared no costs and assembled a team of the world's leading AssTROphysicists (AssTiredness/RednessOnomy) to determine the point at which the average rider reached a level of discomfort that required stopping to get off and stretch. This level of discomfort, known as an "Asphalt", was found to first occur at an average of 110 to 120 miles on the stock 950 SMR seat. This first Asphalt occurance is referred to as "AP1" and the fuel tank capacity was worked out in accordance.

Further study showed that the second Asphalt (AP2) and subsequent Asphalts ocurred at increasingly shorter intervals, and when plotted, follow a logrithemic curve as most things in nature do. I could give you the equation for this, but since leaving college, I have never had to use that math again and don't remember how. Frankly, that sort of thing is tiresome and no one gives a crap anyway. As the curve steepens, there is a point where the average rider has had enough for one day and this is termed the AW point, or the point one becomes Ass-Whipped. One may find interesting that although the interval of the Asphalts is fairly consistant between riders, the AW point is not. It seems that some riders have built up a tolerance to how many Asphalts they can endure before becoming Ass-Whipped.

In a more general 52.6 million dollar, non 950 SMR-specific study funded by the US congress, the findings concluded that riders in an attempt to avoid an Ass-Whipping resorted to:
1) More comfortable aftermarket custom-made seats
2) Strapping the pelts of dead animals to their seats
3) Wearing padded riding shorts

No, I really don't have anything better to do at the moment.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #8238
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Yeah that is a LOT of fuel. Not a very pretty solution either. Do you just not want to stop? Or are you more concerned about running dry?

I worry more about the latter, esp Traveling some back roads in PA. The only place I've been in the east with towns that don't have ANY gas stations... I carry a spare fuel can. Something like this:
http://www.rotopax.com/ or stash a MSR fuel bottle in a bag.

That way the bike is just ugly while traveling. Not that looks are everything, as anyone who's viewed my mug can attest.

But if you just don't want to stop... well my solution won't help at one bit.

Good luck with your choice either way.

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Ahh, cool:



They say: "Minimal trimming of the stock tank shrouds is necessary for fitment." No instructions found so far. Any idea what they're talking about?

FYI, link to the product on Safari's website:

http://safaritanksusa.com/product_in...products_id=20


Seems like a BIG increase -- 30 liters (up from stock 14 liters). I've never had a motorcycle with a nearly 8 gallon capacity! Seems huge.

Anyway, still not sure, but gonna make a decision in the next day or three.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #8239
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Is the black tank that bad? It looks ok to me, but it is hard to see from such a small picture.

I'd guess my goal is to not be the guy in the group who has to stop first. Given my low fuel economy (discussed elsewhere in this thread ), my reserve light is coming on at 60-70 miles, and I'm lucky to make it to 100 miles on a tank.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:19 PM   #8240
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So I just rode my new to me 2007 950 SMR...WOW. This thing is an animal. I've ridden a lot of bikes, i have an '04 ZX10R, and I have never felt such a brutal mid-range hit. I've been home for about ten minutes and pacing all around the house I'm finally settling down and writing this. That was a wild ride No wonder you guys are diggin this bike! Makes my '09 1200GS feel like a 1300cc VW...oh it actually is
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:51 PM   #8241
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The Aqualine tanks made to fit the SE are a drop on. Uses the same seat too.

In fact, anything made to fit the SE will work, including the Wolfmas SE luggage racks as well as CJ Designs Tail racks.
If that is true I wonder if this would fit? What is the stock fuel capacity of a SM?



http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=820139&page=4

This one is 5.49 gals...
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:05 AM   #8242
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Can someone remind me, the smr, and regular sm are different though, regarding tank mounting and seat, correct?

I remember awhile back asking if an se tank would fit on an sm, and got told it wouldnt, but I forget why.

Also dont remember if the smr, and sm tanks are interchangeable.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:43 AM   #8243
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I believe the smr and se tank and seat are the same. 3.7 gallons. The sm tank, 4.7? gallons, fit either the smr or se but you need to change the seats out too.

you are correct, the smr and sm only differ in the seat and tank and the smr has a bit stiffer suspension.

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:47 AM   #8244
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I believe the smr and se tank and seat are the same. 3.7 gallons. The sm tank, 4.7? gallons, fit either the smr or se but you need to change the seats out too.

you are correct, the smr and sm only differ in the seat and tank and the smr has a bit stiffer suspension.
And will the SMT stuff interchange as well?
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #8245
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Yeah that is a LOT of fuel. Not a very pretty solution either.

A bigger picture, on the SE:

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:56 AM   #8246
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #8247
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And will the SMT stuff interchange as well?
I believe so.
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The SMR and the SE also have a different subframe than the SM so it's more involved than simply swapping the tank and seat.


[QUOTE=Spoke;20761061]I believe the smr and se tank and seat are the same. 3.7 gallons. The sm tank, 4.7? gallons, fit either the smr or se but you need to change the seats out too.

you are correct, the smr and sm only differ in the seat and tank and the smr has a bit stiffer suspension.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:58 PM   #8250
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The SMR and the SE also have a different subframe than the SM so it's more involved than simply swapping the tank and seat.



Sounds like nobody knows for sure if either of these tank options will fit the SMR.
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