950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. Manakau.KTM

    Manakau.KTM Been here awhile

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    I use this thing for gravel roads where I can. We have heaps of them here in NZ so it's handy to have something that won't bat an eyelid at the sudden arrival of 'gravel road ahead' .
    One of my most satisfying mods to this bike is bolting on a centre stand. I bought a sw motech one which dovetailed well with the bash plate from the same co. At the moment I'm replacing the coolant and have to burp the bike. Another inmate wrote that he takes the rear wheel off and jacks up the front until the swingarm touches the ground. How simple is that? Every time I take a wheel off (I've had them both off at the same time) I'm thankful for that centre stand.

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    With the demise of independant service stations here and the dominance of the big oil companies (big stations only on main routes), it's easy to run low on fuel out in the back blocks. I fixed that with a 30l tank from Safari (just over the ditch from here) that is listed for the SE (it won't fit the SM).

    This is the best all rounder I've ever owned. I keep a 640e for knarly stuff but just about always favour going out on this.
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  2. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    Lots of work over the winter. The bike runs great with 60,000km on the clock, and it mostly looks good too. I do need to clean up the pipes though. Any suggestions? There's stuff called Harpic, but it's only available in the UK.

    Jason[​IMG]
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  3. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    Does anybody know the difference in frame colors, particularly black vs gray... was it purely cosmetic or year model dependent?
  4. socaljohn

    socaljohn n00b

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    My bike is stock with the exception of Leo Vince exhaust, which I forgot about when I made an earlier post, and I get exactly the same mileage as you. I recently took the carbs apart and all the fuel jets are stock as well as the needles in the stock position. I didn't think to check the air jets. Anyway if you find a way to increase the mileage please post up. I'm wondering if maybe the choke is partially open.
  5. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    Speaking of fueling. I'm getting a starving sensation only when wheelying through the gears... Especially in 4rth... It just sort of splutters and drops the front.... Under normal conditions, she feels strong.

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  6. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    Still looks all right with only 5000km on the clock. [​IMG]
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  7. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    It's that time...

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    Huh...everything's tight. .005 - .007 on the intakes and .010 - .013 on the exhausts
    Spec is .010 - .015 on the intakes and .025 .030 on the exhausts... :hmmmmm
    Thank goodness for shim kits!
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  8. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Is it just time or did you notice issues starting or running with those specs?
  9. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    It's been hard to start when cold but otherwise ran great, which I assumed was jetting. I only went in because the bike has 15k on it and I needed to know what the actual jetting was...and while I'm that close may as well go the rest of the way in.

    I have a hunch somebody screwed up a valve adjustment in the past...the fact that everything is so uniformly tight. There's has been a few other questionable repairs done to this bike that I've had to fix.
  10. lousgoose

    lousgoose Been here awhile

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    Question. My 950 is now just turning near 21k miles. In the last grand or so I've noticed a kind of squeaking, rubbing sound and feel coming from the steering area while turning at low speeds. It's nowhere near impeding turning yet or anything like that, just a kind of rubbing sound and feel that I think has gotten a small bit worse over the course of those last thousand miles. I assume this is probably the steering head bearing thing I've read about? And if so, how big a job is this? Is there a tutorial anywhere showing what all I need to do to pull and grease? I'm a decent mechanic but that's all been with carb, valves, cams, etc. I've never pulled forks or anything like that in my life.
  11. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Not too big a job. Several ways to do it. I recommend if you are going to go in there just replace them, they are cheap and you'll probably never have to do it again.

    http://www.ktm950.info/how/Orange G...gs/steeringhead_rr.html?p=7421097&postcount=1
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  12. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    The hardest part if you don't have a centerstand is figuring out a way to support the front of the bike securely while the front wheel and fork legs are off.

    http://www.ktm950.info/how/Orange G...22765954fbfdd3ce5ffb049&p=7421097&postcount=1

    If you can get the fork legs off and the bike secure you can drop the triple out of the stem a ways and grease the hell out of the lower bearing. The top will be in your hands at that point.

    I'd just grease 'em.
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  13. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    I did exactly that ^^^^ on two bikes. One is still fine, I ended up having to change the bearings in the other.

    Of note, make sure it's the bearings and not the cabling and wiring around the headstock rubbing and/or drying out and getting tight. I've also had noise and a little binding on these that was just tight cabling.
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  14. orrj

    orrj Been here awhile

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    +1 on that. Just went through the same on a Honda I have. Drove me nuts because I just replaced the bearings in it a year or so ago and torqued her down properly.
    Put it on the stand removed the tank and it was immediately obvious.
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  15. Benduro

    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Float bowl level?
  16. lousgoose

    lousgoose Been here awhile

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    So a couple weeks back I posted some photos of the Madstad shield I had purchased for the bike. Here it is again in full, hideous but effective touring mode.
    http://s212.photobucket.com/user/bpreynolds/media/KTM Supermoto/IMG_5271_zpsop7n6qk6.jpg.html][​IMG][/URL]

    I got to wondering if there was some way that I could make the change even faster to my shorter Hyde shield for backroad and everyday use, but instead of figuring out a way to change them out faster, I merely drilled two extra holes in the Madstad allowing me to mount even lower than the already impressive adjustability allows. This is fantastic. Now all I have to do is quickly undo the four mount points on the shield by hand, lower, reinstall mounts and viola, lower shield that is still effective enough for daily, low mile highway use. I would still opt for the Hyde for twisty backroads, however.

    http://s212.photobucket.com/user/bpreynolds/media/IMG_5314_zpsp1gtcoe4.jpg.html][​IMG][/URL]

    And oh yeah, I also brought this home last week, 2012 FZ1. Just adding some diversity back to the daily ride. Though I would disagree greatly, some folks might say I am developing the ugly bike garage. :D

    http://s212.photobucket.com/user/bpreynolds/media/IMG_5319_zpsuust5luc.jpg.html][​IMG][/URL]
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  17. 900rider

    900rider Been here awhile

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  18. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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  19. 900rider

    900rider Been here awhile

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    Lots on eBay, wow!

    Maybe I'll find something I like.
  20. JohnE65c

    JohnE65c Been here awhile

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    Just took notice of your clearance spec's, Chuckracer. Note that the oem spec's are in millimeters, not thousandths. Intakes at 0.10/0.15 mm = .004" to .006". Exhausts at 0.25/0.30 mm = .010" to .012".