950 Supermoto Chronicles

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by wpbarlow, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Jhon

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    :nod I've had my SM for a couple of years now and have used it on all sorts of roads, from smooth blacktop to gravelly forest trails. I don't bother washing it anymore because it gets covered in dirt and grit pretty much every run it's on.

    When the HM came out I was initially enticed by it's svelte good looks and wondered for a while if I'd made the right decision with the SM.

    Then I looked closely at the HM and realised (for me at least) that it's too 'pretty' a bike and I wouldn't feel comfortable subjecting it to the kind of riding and road conditions that I regularly use the SM on.

    The SM still looks and feels right when it's covered in bug splat, road dirt, chain grease and dust.

    Function is more important than form; it's definitely the right bike for me.
  2. Milhaus

    Milhaus Made in Denmark

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    I absolutely love my 950SM, especially now that I getting it dialed in. I reduced the damping on the front forks to get them to track better. I am getting my jetting dialed in now with the Head2Wind kit...thanks Ken! And through the jetting process I have figured out that I must perform the Canisterectomy ASAP!! The bike continues to amaze me now with a touch over 3,000 miles on it.

    I have a question, however, does anybody get a rattle sound when cruising around at low RPMs? Sounds like a clacking sound, but not the kind of clacking that you get from the starter.
  3. Jhon

    Jhon .

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    That's your chicken strips. :D

    Naw, seriously..

    If you're slighty lugging the engine the chain slaps off the swingarm guides.

    Try changing down, that should make a difference.
  4. Milhaus

    Milhaus Made in Denmark

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    Okay...cool. I always do drop a gear, but I am trying to find that optimal 'low RPM' place to set the motor when I am just tooling around.
  5. made-in-oz

    made-in-oz Adventurer

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    Picked up my 950sm yesterday after owning a BMW GS1200 for 10 months and just not being able to love it. I can understand why they got international bike of the year, but crap suspension noisy engine and not nicely balanced. Every time I took the BM out I'd say to myself "it will be better this time" . Just the ride home from the dealer on the 950 and I'm grinning. Can't wait to put some miles on it!!!!!:norton :clap :lol3
  6. TwoTone

    TwoTone My 2 passions

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    Congrats:D

    Not all twins are equal, some are just dead, some have that wild beast within:D
  7. made-in-oz

    made-in-oz Adventurer

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    First real ride today and man I love it. Can't wait to run it in.

    Pipes are on their way, then canisterectomy and some jetting and off into the sunset. Wooo Hooo
  8. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    So does this make me a 5%er? :rofl

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  9. Just Bob

    Just Bob Been There Done That

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  10. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Not just a 5%er-- a proud 5%er :D
  11. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Couple hundred high fun miles today.

    To paraphrase Alan Greenspan, this bike engenders irrational exuberance. One aspect of this is that it is a lot of fun to hustle down a crappy road. Another is possible consequences.

    I thought I was imagining a very slight vibration after traversing a particularly bumpy/holey road at speed. I wasn't.:pissed

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  12. JBird

    JBird Retriever

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    That looks a lot better than your last bent rim!!!
  13. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    ....:huh .....damn....time for some laced wheels...
  14. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Well, that's an interesting comment. I've always wondered whether laced wheels flex better in the rough terrain. Maybe that's why they are on all serious dirt bikes despite the hassle of inner tubes and rim locks.

    The DirtStars that came with my SuperEnduro are pretty tough, as are the stock rims on the 6 year old 520 EXC. No dents so far, and I've been on some pretty rock terrain in the past 4 weeks.

    Walter, that's the second bent rim you've had this summer already, huh? Getting expensive to run your SM on dirt roads.
  15. govdog76

    govdog76 Adventurer

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    Walter- these expensive rims you are working your way through look like the perfect reason to give the wife why getting an SE is really a financially sensible purchase!! :rofl

    Glad you are holding up better than the rims. Cheers.
  16. wpbarlow

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    Still mastering the obvious, eh?:lol3

    Actually this, like the other one, was done on a paved road- just not a very well paved road. I haven't had a single issue on a dirt road (so far).

    I don't think I'd want wire wheels/spokes (that need tubes) on a large street bike. The spoked wheels may be less suseptible to bending (I'm not convinced of it, as I've dented spoked rims in the past). The cast wheels are lighter (and it's unsprung weight), stay true better, run cooler during extended use, are much less susceptible to blowout, and are more easily repaired when flat.

    I could see cast wheels on mx and other competition dirt bikes- situations where you don't need the sidewall tear protection that a tube tire provides. I suspect the real challenge to overcome would be to engineer a cast wheel that provides the same flex/feel characteristics while maintaning the strength. But motorcycling is composed of pretty conservative mindsets, so it may take a while.
  17. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Just another aspect of the fun tax.:lol3
  18. reconsmr

    reconsmr Banned

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    I had bent two Duke 2 BBS wheels inside of a week, the spokers that replaced them went over the same roads & speed bump highway joints that lofted the bike into the air without issue for 18 months.

    My supermoto has a flat spot on each wheel but the 60' MX jumps have more to do with that than the street. A set of TUV (Euro standard like DOT???) approved wheels in cast would have folded already. They apparantly mandate a softer material to allow the rim to bend rather than crack but it bends very easily, see any BBS wheel for road use, KTM, VW Corrado,,, Great smooth as a new racetrack road wheels but not for real USA roads in this day.
  19. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    Walter, what tire pressures do you run?

    I hit a imbedded rock on a dirt road a week or so ago, big enough and hard enough that it launched me and the bike in the air (classic Flying W). I figured I had bent a wheel for sure...nope, they were fine. 30/30 tire pressures, Syncs.
  20. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    I run 33/35 with Syncs.