950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    I ride mine like a complete (or maybe incomplete) idiot. It isn't a supersport. It isn't a cruiser. It isn't a touring bike. Its not really a standard, either. What it is, is a weapon. I can get away with shit on this bike that I wouldn't even try on my Ducati ( which used to be known as the ultimate hooligan bike). Someone mentioned that they didn't consider the 950 SM to be a good city bike. I disagree with that. Maneuverable. Reasonably fast. Excellent brakes. Good suspension for running over slow pedestrians and riding off of loading docks, etc., etc.

    Its kind of hard to classify. But it does what it does, very well. Right at the moment, its my favorite bike.
  2. geoffh

    geoffh Adventurer

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    Now that's what I wanted to hear!
  3. tarantulahawk

    tarantulahawk slipperyhellionon2wheels

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    Right there with ya. There's this feeling of serene joy I get from riding the SM in the city
  4. Thumper996

    Thumper996 Been here awhile

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    NM, been there in the past as well, I actually lost interest for about 10 years, kept an old CB750F I had thou (still got her) and spent a few years raising young kids and doing some more dirt riding to get my fix. Gradually worked my way back to Street and occasional Track Day and glad I did.

    Once a rider always a rider, it will feel new a fresh to you when you return to it.
  5. ridemorestressless

    ridemorestressless Adventurer

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    Pardon the double post from Orange Crush but I am not sure if you all check over there also.

    Has anyone figured out their optimal jetting for the ktm 950sm, CPR rottweiler intake, Akra cans with no plugs in?

    If you can please post;

    mains
    pilot
    airjet
    float height
    needle settings
    fuel screw settings
    other intake or exhaust mods
    elevation
    mpg

    From what I have read running a filter-skin or prefilter does not cause a need to rejet from rottweiler without prefilter or filterskin, is this correct?

    I am going to be installing and jetting mine so an idea of what seems to be working best for you all now would be great. Thanks!
  6. GAMMA

    GAMMA Adventurer

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    Hi,

    Do anyone of you know if the 990 SM get higher or lower with the KTM gel sadle?
    On long touring the oem sadle is to hard for my but :)

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  7. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    The KTM gel seat is typically a little lower than the stock one.

    Imo the best long distance option is an Airhawk. I've never had much happiness with Renazcos (SE, Adv., and SM) and thought the Cycle Solutions, LLC reworking of the stock seat I got was terrible despite a couple of written endorsements in the MSTA newsletter a few years ago. I had that seat redone by Butt Buffer in Pa., and it's an improvement over stock and good for a day's worth of riding. But for multi-day rides I take the Airhawk.
  8. Just Bob

    Just Bob Been There Done That

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    New farkle... Seat Concepts foam and cover.

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  9. wcohl

    wcohl Been here awhile

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    I bought my 06 950 SM about a month ago. The weather and my schedule have not been cooperating to allow for any ride more than a few miles.

    Since picking up the bike, I've set the sag about 50MM front and rear and the clickers per the owners manual. I've also greased the swingarn bearing, steering bearings, changed brake fluid, and rejetted the bike for the BMC filter.

    Today the stars aligned and I got to ride the bike instaed of wrenching on it. It seems everytime I get a little sprited with the throttle, it doesn't want to turn because the front tire is off the ground. :lol3

    Is there any easy way to steer with just the rear wheel? I think I'm really going to like this bike. I think Spring is finally here.
  10. ridemorestressless

    ridemorestressless Adventurer

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    How long could you ride on the original before you got sore?

    How long can you ride on the seat concepts before you get sore?
  11. ridemorestressless

    ridemorestressless Adventurer

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    nattymo, I see you posted your smr for sale, bumped. Do you have accessories or extras you are selling separately? PM me if so. Thanks.
  12. Just Bob

    Just Bob Been There Done That

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    The stock seat would start killing my ass after a couple of hours. Full days were only possible with a double acetaminophen. Just put the Seat concepts on yesterday and did a short ride, so no results yet. However, I did put a Seat Concepts on my WR250R last spring and it is the most comfortable all-day seat I've ever had on any bike.
  13. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    Ok, how do I tell if my water pump is fubared? The oil looks a little greenish, but I have red antifreeze in there(i forget the name)

    No oil in the rad fluid, and the oil filter looks fine.

    Thx
    Jason.

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  14. renogeorge

    renogeorge Long timer

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    Oil color can be grey, green, milky. On mine, oil pressure light started flickering on and off before the filter showed swelling.

    FWIW
  15. nattyMo

    nattyMo Been here awhile

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    Hey Doc,

    Are you loosing coolant? Keep a close watch on its level, if the level drops much it is going someplace. My buddies Adv would loose close to the whole overflow tank in one ride before showing any signs of reduced oil pressure or oil in the coolant. You could also pull the clutch inspection cover and have a look but you will need to have a replacement o-ring/gasket on hand. If you see a brown/grey goo on the inside of the cover that is a sure sign you have coolant present.

    What fails is the water pump seal and shaft, not the pump per say. You can't replace the seal and shaft without taking the pump apart and you'll most certainly damage the pump impeller blades when you remove it. Best to buy the whole rebuild kit if you do in fact have the symptoms of a failed seal.

    Pyndon did a great write up in the HOW. The job isn't that difficult but takes time. The first one I did took most of the day. I would suggest if you do need to do the rebuild that you pick up the KTM seal driver, without it, buggering up the seal install is very easy to do. Something I learned the hard way.

    Good luck!
    NM

  16. nattyMo

    nattyMo Been here awhile

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    PM sent,

    Short answer, yes.

    I'm going to wait until the bike sells to list the other stuff. Spoke already picked up the Emig triples, damper, carbon bars and Bonz mounts.

    If I have a change of heart I want to keep the rest of the goodies. If the bike sells I for sure won't need the stuff. Some things that may be up for grabs:

    Carbon body work, custom painted (see previous posts for pics), both front fenders, Headlight mask, rear fender, tail section, CS cover, lamda covers, hand guards. I prefer to sell the carbon as a set. One inmate is interested in the unpainted bits. I will split the painted (mask, upper fender, hand guards) from the rest if any of you are interested in the painted bits as a sub-set.

    Brembo RCS clutch and brake master cylinders wired and plumbed for the SM/SMR/Adv/SD along with a custom mount for the choke lever for the 950's.

    Corbin seat

    Two motorcycle covers

    Work stands, front and rear.

    46L top case and mount

    Tankbag

    I may have some other stuff as well, once I clean out my space.

    If any of you guys are interested in this stuff send me a PM and I'll let you know once I'm ready to part with things.

    Thanks
    NM



  17. mrdirtbikerider

    mrdirtbikerider Husaberg rider

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    My chain has been making a little noise when riding. It sounds loose. I checked the chain tension according to the owners manual and it measures .375 .
    Manual says it should be .3 , it is Very close to spec. but the chain just looks loose. What concerns me is, when riding, it slaps around a bit and sounds loose.
    I'm not sure if the manual is 100% spot on.

    Has anybody else noticed this?
  18. Just Bob

    Just Bob Been There Done That

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    If you have some tight or rusty links it will do this. I'd say give it a nice kerosene bath and re-lube and see if that does the trick.
  19. mrdirtbikerider

    mrdirtbikerider Husaberg rider

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    Ya, it prob is a little tight. I have never cleaned it. I just periodacly spray the chain with lube. It is caked up with lube pretty heavy.
    Kerosene won't hurt the o rings in the chain?
  20. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    :eek1

    Reapplying chain lube is better than ignoring it, but without cleaning it, the gunk build up isnt great by any means either. Depending how long its been since cleaned you might want to drop the $150 on a new chain.