950 S-new look, new mods, new year

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by cjracer, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. cwc

    cwc Been here awhile

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    4 weeks, 2 pics????

    The one on the right is better looking.
  2. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    willnevergrowup Long timer

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    The one on the right is really cute, but the one on the left not so much!

    Welcome back!!

    Off to read a ride report!!

    EDIT: Damn...I see someone already commented about your ugly mug!!
  4. xdbx

    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    Hey Craig... newER 950 look, and newER year.

    I'm still anxiously waiting for that report on the rear Kings tire!

    Michiganian :deal
  5. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Wow, you sure dug this out of the basement.:wink:

    I've been a bit busy w/ making parts and all, finishing and updating threads has unfortunately fallen behind.

    I've got some new stuff in the works over the winter months and will show them when I get everything done.:thumb

    "O8" had been a great year for riding the 950 and this bike sure has grown on me. It really can do just about anything. 43,000 miles on the ticker and hope to add many more this season.

    The weather in WI has not been very good for safe riding in my neck of the woods. I've not ridden it in over 2 months now, but during that time it has been given a few upgrades. Yesterday I finally got a chance to get back on a bike. I hit the ICE on Petrie's 560 SMR, first time on the ice.....WOW that is different, but so much fun. Thanks for the ride Wayne.:ricky

    As for the KINGS Rear tires. I kind of lost track of how many miles I have on it. I've swapped tires around for trips and trail riding, but I'd guess at least 5,000 miles so far. It might have another 1,000 in her, but not much more. I held up pretty good for the price. I did get a few cracks at the base of the nobs. In the rain I scorp is better, I'd say this is really close to the TKC. Off road, KINGS is just as good as the TKC. When doing aggressive offroad stuff (rocks, sand), the TKC is about done after 1,500-2,000 miles. The KINGS easily last that long, maybe a bit longer. It's a harder compound tire. If they made a 150 size KINGS rear, that would be great.

    I've run both 140 and 150 TKC's and I'm comparing this to the 140 TKC so far. Normally my TKC's after toast after 5,000 miles, but I have pushed them 7,000 when all I needed to do what freeway. A slick rear is not good in the rain. Once they go bald there is still a bit of rubber left before the cords show.:scratch Maybe 500-1,000 miles worth.

    For general touring use 150 TKC and Scorp has more road grip than the KINGS. The KINGS mounted on a 4.25" rear rim is not the best and you end up w/ a pretty flat profile. There are no chicken strips on the tires.

    On the freeway the KINGS gave a smooth ride similar to the Scorp. The purpose of this tire test was to see if the Kings could replace the Scorp as my general use tire setup.

    Yes, this tire will work well for me. If I have a 3-4,000 mile DS-road trip planned I'll be mounting one of these. I have not tried the front yet, but plan to in the spring. If you are someone that goes through tires often give these a try. Please report back to what you think. :ricky
  6. cwc

    cwc Been here awhile

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    CJ,

    Have you got any experience with the Scorpion MX mid hard tires?

    These are DOT and John scored one for pretty cheap. I'm going to mount it on the KLR for this relatively short trip to the sierras.

    I'm interested in comments from people that have used this tire and wondering if the ~3-350 miles of pavement (each way) will cook it before we get to the dirt roads.
  7. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Hi Charlie,

    No, I have not run those. When trails requires a full nobby I run these.

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/391/15085/ITEM/GBC-Dirt-Shark-Intermediate-Front-Tire.aspx

    Not DOT, but I've put over 2,000 miles on them on some trips w/o any issue. This is on my 950. Many of y buddies laughed at me until they tried them for themselves.

    They were only half worn out when I pulled them off. For about $35 from a Parts Unlimited dealer, I just put a new one on when ever I need. Even you could afford that C.:lol3

    I'm sure you'll have no issues w/ the Scorps, just keep them aired up.
    Have a safe trip.:ricky


  8. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    anybody gotta low mileage 950 super enduro & wanna trade it
    for a 2006 950 super moto ?? im in north georgia. mike 678-986-3226
    im a dirt biker.
  9. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Hi Dog, I think you have the wrong section/thread?:dunno :D
  10. xdbx

    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    :lol3 CJ, I think you've achieved "that status"

    Thanks for the update! I picked up Mase's former 950 and I feel like part of the cool club now.. thanks to you! Can't wait to see what you're gonna pull out of your sleeve next.
  11. cwc

    cwc Been here awhile

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    I guess I wasn't clear.

    I'm not using the crummy Metzelers. I'll have the usual premium Cheng Shin C858's mounted for this trip. At less than $30 for a rear I don't mind pulling them off half used either.

    John will use the Scorpion MXs on his KLR since you forced him to wear out the MT-21 he had on last.:lol3
  12. homerj

    homerj 742 Evergreen Terrace

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    CJ, how much extra room do you get under the seat using the 990 plastic? I'm thinking that would be a good place to put an aux fuse block instead of inside the tool "bucket" like some others have.
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    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Got it...Now that make sense.:D
    It's a KLR, how much power does it really have. I'm sure he'll be fine. All he has to do is keep up to a superbly ridden DR350.:ricky
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    cjracer AWD please!!

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    If you do some trimming and grinding of the "Big" box under the seat it's the same size as the 950. (Need to remove all the mounting tabs for the ABS box)

    The little rear pocket I put the relays in for the winch would hold a fuse block no problem....I think. I can check to night on that for you, I don't have the bike here to check right now.
  15. homerj

    homerj 742 Evergreen Terrace

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    Thanks CJ, I'm thinking of using the Blue Marine or the Centech aux blocks. The blue marine is 4.5inx2in and I don't know how thick but I'd think not more than 2.5in.

    the Centech is about 3.0” x 2.4” x 1.25”

    Thanks
  16. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    I'd go w/ the Centech. I've not seen one are tried to fit one, but from those dimensions it would fit better than the Marine.
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    cjracer AWD please!!

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    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Got out of the shop for a ride yesterday on the new setup. I'm very happy with how these turned out. I know many have said that they don't like how the 17" handle or look, but for me it's great. No worries, the setup is stable on the freeway and handle the twisties very well. I now have a set of true tubeless road tires that I can swap on in about 30-45 mins. Great for commuting when I get back from the trails or when I hit the track.

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    I'm running the Shinko Podium F006 and R006 tires. $170 for the set. I started the morning w/ 0 miles on them on cool and wet roads. Perfect for scrubbing in new tires.:huh No issues, they stuck well and handle very nice, Running PSI is about 36 front and rear. At this price I can have alot of fun w/ the throttle hand and not feel to bad. Sure makes for an odd looking touring bike, but function over fashion...correct.:ricky

    47,500 miles on the bike.
  19. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Had a little issue w/ the FMF pipes I've got on the 950. I'm running a 2-1 collector and I guess the added pressure pumped through these has taken it's toll.

    This one has about 35,000 miles on it, never been rebuilt, and half of those miles have been run w/ the 2-1. I swapped on the other one and I'll see if that gets me to 75,000.:thumb

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    Center baffle rattles, I guess high RPMS on the track for extended time added to this.

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    Trying to push it's way out the end.

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    I still want a Spark Arrested silencer that is USF approved. I figure these are $300 each or less on sale. Anyone have any input on how other silencers in this price range are holding up in the 2-1 setup? I'd like something a little more free flowing, yet still not too loud.
  20. jamesbrown

    jamesbrown Lefty tighty.

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    Hey Craig, how much time/miles on the tanks now, and how are they holding up?