950 Supermoto Chronicles

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

  1. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    So how does the 950SM handle 300-400 mile days in the saddle? Is the stock seat up for it?:ear My knees are getting old and this looks like it would be a perfect replacement for the sportbike.
  2. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Haven't done any 400 mile days, but have done some +300 mile/ 8 hour rides and it's bearable, though not exactly plush :lol3 It mostly gets uncomfortable when I have to drone home (which I have to do the last 25-60 miles depending on from whence I'm coming) at the end of the day.

    A couple folks have added Renazco seats recently with good preliminary results.
  3. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    I may very well be a candyass these days, but 100 miles has me looking for an excuse to get off the bike. I think the fuel tank is the appropriate size for the weather protection and saddle plushness.
  4. duckboy

    duckboy Been here awhile

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    been hearing some reports about some "weaving" / "instability" / "vagueness" at speed on concrete freeways??? any truth to this? does it have to do w/ the expansion joints and step bumps on the fwy?

    thanks for your help

    duckboy
  5. bykpimp

    bykpimp Live and let ride

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    It is a perfect replacement. I've owned the flavor of the week sportbike ever since my 77RD400 was new and this bike will slaughter most of them at will. The best thing you can do for the bike is to get another seat for it and not the ktm comfort seat. My seat is at Renazco at this very moment.

    I rode my 950SM from Santa Cruz to San Fillipe for Thanksgiving with my gf on the back and the only thing I wished for was another seat.
  6. aerone

    aerone Been here awhile

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    My stock seat was about as hard as both my 04 Adventures. I went with the factory gel and can run out a tank no problem. I don't do the slab much, I guess one of those butt pads made of shearling would cure that.

    On another note...has anybody taken KTM up on the rear brake recall that is so well explained over in Orange Crush? I called my service guy and he said 04's get complete master cyclinder, 05's get a rebuild and membrane and my 06 950 SM gets just the membrane. Ward? anybody??
  7. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    No issue as far as I can tell.
  8. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    I agree that the tank is "sized right" :lol3


    Aerone- I have an Aerostitch fleece pad and it is more comfortable- but I haven't used it on my longest (day) rides.

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  9. thrills

    thrills n00b

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    I wonder this same thing - for my size/riding style I think its the perfect ride, but then once a year for 2 weeks i ride from British Columbia, Canada to Laguna for the MotoGP. We ride pretty much coast roads the whole time, but there's many a 4-8hr day, over 14 days total.

    Not that a GSXR is the perfect bike for this either, but I now know from experience it is doable, AND FUN!!

    Is a small screen and aftermarket seat going to make this possible?
  10. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    Here's is a pic of an SM set up with KTM soft luggage. There is also a neat new quick release soft-side top bag similar in construction to the tank bag.
    :clap

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    fwiw, KTM-PARTS.COM has all the new hard parts in their online store.

    (FlowBee has no affiliation with them.)
  11. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    The bags look pretty good, and should complement the tank and tail bag; both of which I already have.

    No prices yet when I checked at Munn racing.

    In addition to the bags and rack, KTM is also coming out with some additional carbon bits:

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  12. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    I purchased these pieces today....
    The side covers are in stock the low fender next week...the headlight mask B/O until April....

    hence the sticker-ectomy today....:D

    Attached Files:

  13. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    SWIPED FROM KTM-PARTS.COM online catalog:[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]

    2007 KTM Side Bags 950 Supermoto
    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
    High quality robust saddlebags for long trips; includes interior rain protector. 62512020000 is necessary for correct mounting.
    [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Code: 62512025000
    Price:$249.99



    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]KTM Side Bag Carrier System 950 SM[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Rigid steel tubular construction . Simple installation without any modification to the passenger foot pegs; perfect load distribution on the existing mounting points on the chassis.
    Specials for model 950SM-R : if you mount the carrier system without bracket 62512027150 you will also need 4 washers 60012008003 and bracket 62512020000 for mounting.
    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Code: 62512020000
    Price:$139.99


    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]KTM Quick-Lock Rear Bag Mounting System 950 SM[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Also works with Topcase 37L and 46L[/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
    Code: 62512027150
    Price:$59.99
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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]KTM Quick-Lock Rear Bag[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Bag with Quick-Lock System for easy mounting. The volume of the bag is between 12 and 18 liters variable. The bracket 62512027150 is also necessary for correct mounting.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Code: 60012078000
    Price:$159.99
    [/FONT]
  14. Popey

    Popey Nutter

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    I just farkled one of these onto mine. Got it here. Here's a pic from the link.

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  15. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    How is the fit and finish?.....did it go on without cuting??
  16. Snapcrackleandpop

    Snapcrackleandpop Adventurer

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    You need to cut.
    Fugly IMO
  17. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    As some of you know, all 950 variants have a safety recall for the rear brake- what's needed depending on the year/model. Barry (who got his SE a couple weeks before I got the SM) lost his rear brake last week. I got my recall notice Thursday and since I was close to my 4k mile service I made a service appointment for next weekend and asked if they could do the brake also. They said (is anyone surprised?) the parts are backordered. I wasn't worried though, because mine's been fine.

    Famous last words :lol3

    Well, 80 or so miles into today's ride the rear started going away. Still had some action but the pedal traveled really far. Real pita, because the roads (especially the corners) we were riding today were pretty gravel-strewn and I would have liked having a rear brake. Odd that it happened just a couple days after getting the recall notice. Oh well, so it goes.

    I did a Mity-Vac bleed when I got home, and it seemed to restore pedal travel. But I didn't feel like suiting up after cleaning the salt off the dirty girl.

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    We'll see what it's like on the ride before dropping it off at the dealer.
  18. aerone

    aerone Been here awhile

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    I got the the recall letter(s) for all three of my 950's. The two early Adventures and my 06 950 SM. The letters were EXACTLY the same. So, why does the service guy say my bike needs ony the membrane and not the whole deal? Mine still works fine BTW...
  19. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    Reading Is Fundamental: Your service mechanic is illiterate. I wonder what else he doesn't read...
  20. tkorpi

    tkorpi Been here awhile

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    Not true. At least not in this case. The parts that need to be replaced do vary by model and model year. The recall letter mentions lots of parts, but specifically states that the one thing that will be done to all bikes is replacement of the membrane. Some bikes might need a bit more. The actual TB details what needs to be done for each year and model.

    http://cpmodem.smugmug.com/gallery/2529765#133113028