950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. wiseblood

    wiseblood Hall Monitor

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    Yeah -- hard to tell without pictures. :augie
  2. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    She is taller than me by an inch or two: I'm 5'7" and she 5'8"-n-change, equals the full toes of both her feet at a standing stop. She learned to ride with me though, so she isn't allowed to go for both feet at the same time, only the left foot down, to keep the rear brake covered, unless conditions call for the brake side foot, instead. (of course that swaps when she rides her right side shift/left side brake Triumph)

    She barely tip toed on the 690SM we looked at on Saturday and it was soooo balanced that she felt like there wasn't any weight to keep upright. Luckily she felt the same balance on the 950, so she had lots of confidence riding it!
  3. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Youse 'guise are just a bunch o' baiters!! I'll get a snap of her next ride...:1drink
  4. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    After baiting for nearly a decade wiseblood was eventuually promoted to Master Baiter by the mods on advrider. :rofl
  5. Trans4ormer

    Trans4ormer B to V 1983

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    Thanks for the info...gonna look at a 950SM and a SD on the 13th for fitment purposes. Figure a nice low miles SMR will come available in the middle of January when the Christmas bills start coming in... LOL
  6. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    You'll find the seat on the SD a skosh lower, the suspension a bit shorter (and stouter) and the same superb handling. And if it's an R - about 15 more HP.
  7. Trans4ormer

    Trans4ormer B to V 1983

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    I like the looks of the R more than the extra power it provides. 95hp in a 500# bike will be more than enough compared to the 115hp 1000# Goldwing I was riding. Both bikes I'll be looking at are low miles, but neither are R models. Like I said, in no hurry and when the right one comes along....BINGO!!

    Thanks for the information.
  8. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    ~35,000 miles. Investigating an oil leak, I traced it back to the o-ring that seals the gear indicator behind the sidestand mount. Difficult to see the area with the kickstand in place and I was fearing the worst. I've never been so glad to see a leaking seal :lol3

    $0.35 part, item 26 in the picture. Same o-ring is used in the 9x0 and SE, so I ordered a couple.

    [​IMG].
  9. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    well i finally got around to replacing my oil sight tube with a new one but one of the damn tapped holes will not screw down tightly with either of the bolts. cant be stripped as i used the correct bolt and didn't over tighten. has anyone experienced this? do you think loctite would be a bad idea considering its the oil tank? i noticed there was a spring on one of the bolts. is that there for a reason? :eek1
  10. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    I don't know of any spring on the back of a banjo bolt for the oil sight tube!! The banjo bolts must have crush washers on each side to seal, like a brake line. Check for your crush washers on each side of fitting. No locktight is gonna seal that baby if she aint got crush washers...
  11. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    thanks snowhawk....yup...both crush washers in place. im no mechanic but this job is as simple as it gets and yet im not getting it done.:huh
    any other ideas?


  12. Wizard

    Wizard Adventure Rider

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    Sounds like you pulled the threads out of the oil tank when you removed the bolt - the spring is the threads! May be able to use a heli-coil kit to replace the threads in the tank.

    Jim
  13. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Genius!!
    I didn't even think of the "spring" being the coil of thread...:cry
    I have used lots of helicoil kits over the years for head studs, case covers and spark plugs, shouldn't be a big issue for that oiltank repair.

    'Course in my yard, we'ed just JB weld the holes shut and melt a dipstick into the oil cap...:freaky
  14. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    I just received mine today! I developed the same leak (again) about a week ago and after elminating other possibilities and cleaning and watching it closely right after riding, I figured it was the gear position sensor o-ring!! My bike finally turned 40,000 miles last week, and it makes sense as I replaced the first one around 20,000 miles ago. I ordered a few to have some spares on hand. As the bike climbs up in miles, I am trying to have certain things on hand going forward such as:

    Clutch master rebuild kit
    Clutch Lever springs
    Clutch fluid
    Water Pump rebuild kit
    Oil sight tube ( I had one fail while on a trip and this was not fun, I now keep an extra one waiting in my bag of tricks)
    Fuel Pump
    air filter
    oil filters
    Various clamps for coolant hoses
    Some extra preformed and straight fuel line pieces
    o-rings for the gear position sensor
    carb o-rings

    Not having these things on hand has caused me quite a bit of down time because inevitably I will need one of these things the day before I am going to leave on a trip!!!
  15. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    brilliant! now i need to buy another tool. guess ill be heading to the Sears Hardware..

  16. wiseblood

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    Hey, so, what are folks here getting in terms of MPG?
  17. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    38 to 42 MPG here.....Akro's, X-bikes jetting , 16T countershaft sprocket..

    ( I've gotten as low as 32 mpg)
  18. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    35 mpg - 40mpg
  19. wiseblood

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    Umm.. Well, I'll give you a better number after Friday (first day of "proper" riding). But, so far for city commuting... 20 mpg. :hide
  20. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Wiseblood, get your carbs synced. And check your air filter. That is way low. I am not someone that gets into the 40's. I have ranged from mid 20's (riding like a complete idiot in the city) to mid 30's (mixed city/highway commuting), but 20, even in the city might indicate something is amiss with your fueling setup. Or maybe you ride like a stinkin' lunatic and are doing burnouts at every light?