950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. omnivore

    omnivore SuperSportTourer

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    I use the $8 Hi_flo as well.
    Comes out of the same factory as the $29 KTM ones apparently. Looks identical to my eyes.
  2. Thumper996

    Thumper996 Been here awhile

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    I just cram some paper towels is there - good to go.

    Really, just kidding, I see no reason to buy the expensive same quality yo me IMHO OEM filter. I run Hi-Flo and K&N filters on all of my bikes and have never had and issue. i also run a SS filter on my CRF and to be honest i only check it about every other oil change.

    Of course i run the superior AMSOIL products :clap
  3. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    You can look up parts at the places mentioned and also ktm twins for OEM stuff. These bikes are pretty tough and unless the radiator itself was damaged I wouldn't be to concerned if the bike is still good overall and the bars aren't tweaked and forks are straight.

    Good luck, I felt the same exact way about the bike before I bought it. One test ride and all I could think about was buying this bike which took about 2 years before I did (and two other bikes in between). Favorite bike to date.
  4. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    OK Walter, and the rest of you guys. It's 500 pages or so on this thread about the 950s. I don't really have the time to read all 50,000 replies or whatever is in there.

    Today, I bought a completely stock, 10,000 mile, 950 Supermoto, in great condition. Smog stuff is still all there. One thing I notice is the throttle response, compared to my injected Ducati S4, seems soft, almost like my brothers 955 Speed Triple. The Ducati is immediate, right now, blip the throttle, pull the front wheel off the ground, and I like it like that. The 950, is not that immediate, not that there seems to be anything wrong, it doesn't seem to be lean or anything like that, but it doesn't have the snap the Duc has.

    My question is, what is the best bang for the buck for modifications for this bike? It still has the stock exhaust. Stock jetting, I believe the stock air filter is in there too.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  5. eSONG

    eSONG Been here awhile

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    FYI, lots of great info here: http://www.ktm950.info/

    have you considered regearing?
  6. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    I've only owned it for a few hours.
  7. nattyMo

    nattyMo Been here awhile

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    1. Check the gearing, if it still has the stock 17t swap it for a 16t. Some have also gone to a larger rear too.

    2. Next do the jetting and remove the smog stuff (See the HOW above for details). If it's dry in your area you could also consider an open filter element air box. See KTM Twins and Moto Hooligan.
    http://www.ktmtwins.com/rottweiler-ktm-990-intake-system

    3. Also get some exhaust cans, the full Akro system is huge $$$ and doesn't offer much of a boost in HP over jetting and cans. FMF may well be the best bang for the buck.
    http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-950-990-supermoto-parts/exhaust

    4. If you live in a warm area and all else fails you can go the flat slide route. See KTM Twins for these:
    http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-950-990...e-950-super-enduro-keihin-flat-slide-carb-kit

    Welcome and enjoy!
  8. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    my current and so far best jetting at sea level is
    175 mains
    45 pilots
    1 7/8 turns on fuelscrews
    switch stock idle air jet to 1oo
    3rd clip
    DNA race filter
    fmf qs
    fresh iridiums and fuel pump/balanced

    the flex jet fuelscrews allow remote adjustment which is huge because no more pulling tank,carbs etc just to get that fine tune or altitude adj
  9. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Definitely the gearing first, exhaust and x-bike setting will make a totally different bike out of it
  10. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    Thanks Brothers.
  11. Garry

    Garry Old and In The Way

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    So I'm screaming up on 50K miles on my SMR and think the clutch is starting to slip. They way the bike revs out in taller gears seems different recently, I'm guessing that it's slipping a bit. Even if it's not, I have to believe that those plates are pretty worn after 50K miles.

    A new LC8 clutch kit is about $270 (maybe less with ktm-parts.com sale this week). Anything I should be wary of, extra stuff to buy, tricks on the install, etc? Looks to be pretty straight forward aside from noting the first plate is different and last plate is mounted different (I think).
  12. scooterqualified

    scooterqualified Adventurer

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    Spot on! I realized that the vacuum line was getting crushed in the airbox below the carbs right after the y-fitting splitter.
    I replaced it with a longer line venting out the side of the bike and the bike runs well again.

    Thanks
  13. angustoyou

    angustoyou Adventurer

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    This may have been mentioned before, but I've had time to test them myself properly, and it may help someone.

    On the Michelin site, the recommendation for tyres for the 950SM is for Power Ones or Pilot Power. They're a bit full on sports for me, I wanted a more versatile tyre for my recent Scotland trip, (read good in the wet) so I went for the Pilot Road 3, a sports touring tyre that's been well rated in all the magazines, and from asking around the guys that do regular all weather riding.

    When I fitted and balanced them, I found I had a weave at around 100mph, I was advised to up the rear pressure by 4psi, and sure enough, it vanished.

    We did 1500 miles in 6 days, and the weather went from cold and driving rain on day one, through cold and dry (snow on the roadsides at the mountain tops!) to getting warmer, finishing hot on the ride home (typical!)

    Immense riding, great views, and the tyres were superb. Day one, when we hit Loch Lomond and the first really good, quiet twisties in the driving rain, I cleared off from the other guys, Fazer 1000, Bandit 1200, Tiger 950, turned round, then caught them back up again. Not a twitch or a slip anywhere, felt really good. Equally at home in the dry, and after 2000 miles now, wearing slowly and evenly.

    Recommended. :clap
  14. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Was the bike stumbling when you got on the throttle? I am having an issue with mine. It almost feels like it is running on one cylinder. I'll have to remove the airbox yet again and make sure nothing is kinked. I had just replaced the fuel pump (it is the third one for the bike now) and was in a bit of a rush so I might have pinched something without realizing.
  15. scooterqualified

    scooterqualified Adventurer

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    Mine was so bad that it would hardly start and if I did start it, it would stumble and die off choke and if I gave it any throttle or even adjusted idle. The trick its to blow into the vacuum line and see if u can hear the fuel spray out of the carbs, any restriction while you blow is unacceptable. After I got it right everything ran as it did before. I read earlier in the thread that if the hose is vented the wrong way or behind somewhere where an air pocket develops it will cause performance problems but don't remember specifics.
  16. Thumper996

    Thumper996 Been here awhile

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    I am currently running PP Road II on the rear and PP 2ct on front on both my SV650S and KTM Duke II and i flat out love them. The mid-liter bike engine brake eats up the softer tires, but the PP Road III is soft on the sides and harder in the middle more than a 2CT and is wearing great.
  17. scooterqualified

    scooterqualified Adventurer

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    I've read and researched about x-bike jetting but I cannot figure out where to purchase jets for that carb andare there any suggested settings with a stock exhaust
  18. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Thanks. I'll take another look tonight.
  19. Garry

    Garry Old and In The Way

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    http://www.JetsRUs.com
  20. eSONG

    eSONG Been here awhile

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    DID 525ZVM-X Chains Super Street X-Ring Chain Gold

    120 links

    Is this the correct chain for the 950sm???