950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    Now THAT would nicely fill the obvoius gap in your KTM collection! :lol3
  2. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    Wow, you lowered yours, but I like mine sitting high. I've got a Ducati with Race Tech revalved Showas, and an Ohlins hydraulic adjustable rear, which works real damn good on a smooth road. Real good. But on the KTM, which isn't quite as fast in a straight line as the Duc, it just flat hauls ass on a less than smooth road, the feeling of confidence is extraordinary compared to the Duc. Oh yeah, got some Dunlop Q2s on it last week. Almost threw it into the ground, it turns in so fast now, it just added to the confidence inspiring of the bike.

    To each his own. I've got a smooth road bike and a bumpy road bike now. Except my ole lady likes riding the Duc now. I don't think I'll mess with the White Powers on the KTM, I like the way it works. A click here, a click there, and I'm good to go.

    Haul ass brothers, it's warm and sunny here this week.
  3. omnivore

    omnivore SuperSportTourer

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  4. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    That SD looks mean!!

    Hope you guys are all enjoying the transition weather. How's the NE shaping up these days? Still slimy on the road? Just warmed back up here and I will get in a fall ride this weekend! WooHoo!!
  5. wiseblood

    wiseblood Hall Monitor

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    Meh. Will be 37F overnight. Rain predicted for the weekend. The leaves are still on the ground, so when it's wet, it's slippery.

    Blizzard last week resulted in some roads being salted. :bluduh
  6. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Salt roads! My favorite...:puke1
    We got a full coat of cinders on the road, since several inches fell over the weekend. Cinders on the pavement make for some interesting lane changes and intersections. Not to mention the blast of cinder dust, off the big rigs and SUV's.

    I was out of town for the snow, so didn't get to see the kids play in it, next time...
  7. DM47

    DM47 Adventurer

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    More !! :D


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  8. Just Bob

    Just Bob Been There Done That

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    Mother of God, KTM have wicked it up to such an insane level, it makes any Ducati look like a scooter! If I took five Viagra and went for a Swedish massage I couldn't get that hard. I just hate it when I start coveting material things.
  9. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Anyone here able to compare the SM with the SMT from saddle time?
  10. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    SMT is better than the SM, but it's still not great. Locks the rider into one position and has a nasty lip at the back.
    JT
  11. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    I think the SMT seat is much more comfortable than the SM-- but that's based on just a 1/2 hour ride. I didn't notice the lip.
  12. nattyMo

    nattyMo Been here awhile

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    Stock seat comfort was quite good on the SMT. I did not like the turbulance off the wind screen on the SMT. My SM is much better for me on the highway as far as turbulance either with or without my 690 screen in place.

    [QwUOTE=goodcat8;20050511]Anyone here able to compare the SM with the SMT from saddle time?[/QUOTE]
  13. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Regarding the SMT differing from the SM, is there more than a better seat, styling, and more fuel capacity? (Aside from the 950-990 aspect) because I'm still seeing SM's for 5grand vs 10-13gramd for an SMT.

    If you haven't noticed I've missed my Katoom abit these days....
  14. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Well, you've said quite a lot-- styling, motor, comfort, performance, etc..

    But the fact (well it's really imo :lol3) is that the SM probably gives over 90% of the overall riding "experience" of the SMT (or R) for half (or less) the price.

    The price issue sucks if you're a seller (of either) but represents a great opportunity if you're a buyer.
  15. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    Would you feel more at ease being a total hooligan on a bike costing less than a new WR250 than one costing $13k?

    With a little time and patience, you can find a used sm with all the farkles you would have to pay more for on a new bike.

    A 950 SMR is more photogenic than an SMT :D
  16. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Are there any 950SM riders on the front range in Colorado?
    I have an experiment that I want to conduct, requiring a bike to be dropped off at a well known motorcycle business for fitting. The experiment could take a month or two, so looking for a rider, soon to be snowbound, not needing his bike for a few months.

    Thanks!
  17. 900rider

    900rider Been here awhile

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    Some details may help your cause...
  18. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Seat - get the Seat Concepts seat on a 950 SM, it is betterr than the ridged seat on the 990 SMT.

    I'm afraid I have also sinned but must be quicker than you because I have some regrets after only 2 weeks.

    Two weeks ago I bought a low mileage 2011 Multistrada. Inspite of the price and exotic electronics it is going to take some tweeking to handle as good as the 950SM. I was a bit surprised. It also seems like any bike with EFI doesn't feel as good right off idle as does a well jetted set of carbs and the suspension is a bit too " comfortable". I still prefer things to be bit hard edged.

    Forgive me Chroniclers, for I have sinned.
  19. BuckMoto

    BuckMoto Adventure Napping

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    'Tis better to have ridden a supermoto and sold it
    Than to never have ridden one at all. -Tennyson I think

    You didn't happen to score a Pike's Peak version did you?
  20. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Nope, but thinking about making an El Cheapo PP - you can buy the decals.