950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. Garry

    Garry Old and In The Way

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    That's great news Walter. I think these bikes are pretty solid. I will hopefully (just) break the 50K mile mark this weekend. First time ever to put that many miles on a bike since new. Previous high mile mark was 43K on a Sprint RS.
  2. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    My little compressor takes about 7-10 minutes to full air pressure, as well, so I usually skip it...
    I should look into one of those 'stitch models that are high volume. Might save my front tire from cupping to death again...
    My riding buddy has a Slime model and doesn't complain. He would too, since he airs down/up every time he heads into the pumice roads.
  3. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    Lock up the wimens and chilruns!

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    I just got the TKCs back on the bike and have only had a chance to go up and down the street a few times. Feels a little weird but in a comfortable and familiar way since I have ridden dirt bikes forever. Like samppa2005, I'm getting great mileage from them! My bike was already farkled with the Akropovic carbon front hugger and I think it will have enough mud clearance unless I ever ride in the black sticky clay mud in north Texas. ...Nope, never gonna do that again. Lived there a bunch of years and had my fill of sticky mud and fire ants!

    Going to Colorado the first 2 weeks in October and am anxious to see how the tires do in mixed twisties and trails. I'm thinking that I'd like to ride it up Pike's Peak this trip. My wife says no way thinking that I'm gonna go over the side! Bummer that they paved it the whole way now.

    snowhawk jockey - Thanks for the air pump info. I was reading some of the customer reviews and there seems to be some issues with the Aerostitch pump. I think I'll go for the Slime Power Sport since I can get it at the local auto parts store.

    http://www.slime.com/shop/power-sport-tire-inflator-40001/
  4. 6USMC6

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  5. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Uh, yeah. :huh

    What you gunna do with that?
  6. KHVol

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    Go to Ouray instead. Much bigger selection of twisties and trails on which to try the new rubber . Clear lake would be a good dirt run for you as would Last Dollar road, dirt, from Ouray to Telluride. You would also be only a couple of hours from Moab which makes it like two separate vacations.
  7. eSONG

    eSONG Been here awhile

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    Looks GREAT! But, I wonder how they compare to distanzias.. I loved those tires on my 625smc.

  8. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    6USMC6 - That pump sounds like it would withstand the apocolypse! After dropping a chunk for the tires and the expense of the upcoming trip, I need to watch my pennies for a while. I'm on Slaven's waiting list for the full enchilada on the forks and shock, so I may need to stop drinking beer too!

    D.T. - I'm hoping to venture further down some single tracks that I had to give up on because of deep sand or loose off-cambers. The Pirelli Scorpion trails don't like that stuff! Since I don't have a skid plate yet, I need to be really careful with line selection and having a tire that will hold my lines will be a big relief. I hope to get some fun videos and will post them later.

    KHVol - We'd really like a trip to the Ouray/Telluride area and we actually talked about splitting the current trip to include half in Moab. I'd like to get a stack of Rotopax gas cans and do the White Rim trail! All our trips have been close to Colorado Springs lately so that I can spend a lot of time visiting my dad. He's 92 and declining in health. I'm worried this could be our last visit. He's still got his sense of humor and complains that he can't train for the Olympics anymore.

    Esong - The Distanzias would be much smoother on pavement but less capable on dirt.

    Dumb question to whoever can help, how do you do a reply and have multiple quotes?
  9. eSONG

    eSONG Been here awhile

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    There might be an easier way... I reply with quote, copy then back out and reply with quote on the next one. Paste, then copy both quotes. Repeat until all quotes are copied and reply to all copied quotes in one message.
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    Or copy all of the quotes on Notepad and then copy/paste into the reply.
  11. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    The quote code is:
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  12. samppa2005

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    Nice looking bike BuckMoto! I'd suggest you get the SE splash guard for the back. Otherwise you'll bombard the rear shock with rocks...hard :evil It only costs like 13€ and it's possible to just bolt it on (with a fewe modifications). You just have to make a bracket for the chain guard (or leave it off). It'll keep the rear shock clean and safe far better then any hugger you can get.
  13. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    I MUST look at one of the SE mudflaps for my shock. I have already peppered the thing for too many thousand miles...

    Thanks for the suggestion! Beats the bailing wire and ducttape I was going to use:freaky
  14. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    .....hope you guys don't bust your butts trying to make the SM into a dirt bike....when I did this to a couple of much lighter, actual, SM's ( using MT-60's) they skated all over the place with only marginally more traction in the dirt. It was more like downhill skiing instead of dirtbikin' . :eek1

    The tires lasted about 1800 miles.

    Good luck :thumb
  15. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    OK, giving it a go...

    Could you please post a picture of how the splash guard fits on your bike? That makes a lot of sense. I need to work out some protection for the oil tank and underbelly too.

    I'm just wanting to see what's possible with the bike but I don't plan to try anything too stupid! :lol3 Don't want to end up with a broken body or busted 450lb bike miles from anywhere...

    I better stop before I turn into a quote monster! -your quote technique is the cat's ass snowhawk!
  16. omnivore

    omnivore SuperSportTourer

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  17. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    :lol3 You could start a whole rat rod supermoto trend with bailing wire and duct tape farkles! I saw this bike at a car show several years ago. The dryer vent exhaust is a nice touch!

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  18. KHVol

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    just be careful. I lowered a 650L when converting it to SM and the geometry definitely did not work, steered very weird.
  19. samppa2005

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    Here is an old picture of the splash guard. The picture is not very good and i had to chop it a bit since but you get the idea. You can also see it in the pics i posted previously. A couple of things you need to do:

    1. Cut off about 5mm from the sides because it rubs on the swingarm. (this is important. Not seen in picture)
    2. Make a bracket for the chain guard. I used a piece of PEHD plastic to bend an L-shaped piece.
    3. Bolt on the splashguard. If you are lazy just use self tapping screws I made the holes through and put on proper bolts.

    Very easy and cheap after all!

    As for the oiltank and underbelly there is the KTM/SW-motech "skidplate" you can get. It's expencive though at something like 200€. And the design is somewhat suspicious. It's listed for the 990 but i'm 95% certain it'd fit the 950 as well. Can't think of a reason why it wouldn't http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-990-supermoto-990-supermoto-t-skid-plate
    I made a skidplate myself of 10mm PEHD plastic. It's not pretty but neither am i :D Fairly simple to make.

    The thing that some people forget is that a supermoto is supposed to be able to go offroad. the 950/990 SM (not SMT/SMR) have a suspension travel of 200/210mm (front/back) and a standard version adventure has 210/210. So in that respect the only difference is the valving. Other then that it's just making sure things don't break when going offroad (skidplate. headers, .splash guard...). And yes ofcourse the wheel dimensions. Spoked 19/17 wheels would be optimal i think But running the 17/17 is just biasing it to the pavement.


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  20. samppa2005

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    The suspension travel is different. The 950 SM manual says it has a travel of 200/210 and the SMT has only 160/180. So it might not work.Or if it does it'll drop the bike a lot more then that 25mm.