New 950S finds a home

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by cjracer, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    They finally showed up. Got them installed last night and gassed up. All 12 gallons worth. The bike handles well on pavement yet, hopefully get on some trails this weekend. I have the SE .59 springs installed, and would highly recommend them if you plan to use these. White rear panels are on order to finish off the look. They are 25.5" wide, This is about the same width as the stock tanks and my SW crash bars installed. So figure about 2" wider on a side from stock. I'll be working on getting my SW bars modified to work w/ these tanks in the future. They weight in w/o the fitting and lights at 14.5 lbs. I have not weighed the stock tanks and front fairing piece to see how that compares.

    6 gallons of gas in these tanks comes up to about the bottom of the coolant reservoir. (bottom of the tank window) It will caring the fuel very low for better center of gravity when you don't need all the range.

    They are not much wider where your knees are placed too, maybe 1/2" or so. Standing up you don't even notice a change.

    I have also installed an 08 SX front fender to replace my badly beaten up SM fender. The new design of these fender eliminates the need for the fender brace. When this one is toast I think I'll give the SE fender a try, I think out of all the ones I've tried I like the SE the best.


    "Added 12/28/09 for referance"

    The SE springs fit into the 04' "S" forks with out need to modify the hydro stop.:thumb The stop was the same diameter as the one in my 06' "S".

    With the SE .59 springs I installed a .850 spacer in the 04', my 06' took .410.

    The 04 "S" took about 750cc of oil to fill up 100mm from top.
  2. cpmodem

    cpmodem Orange Caveman

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    Very nice cj. I was wondering what the white ones would look like. Can you see the fuel through sides? Might be an advantage if you can. It is on my dirt bikes.
  3. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Ya you can, I figured might be handy when figuring out if you can make the next town or not. I marked it off at each gallon like the rally bikes so I can get a better idea. Now I'm sure I'll run out of fuel. :lol3 You can just see the fuel level at the blinkers and the filler cap.
  4. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Finished up modifing the SW crash bars to fit on 12 tanks. I guess now all I have to is test them out.:ricky I got rid of the funky bend/mount by the right ankle and mouted it to the frame like all the other bars. We'll see how they hold up, but a night's worth of work was better than paying $375 for the Touratech bars that are on backorder untill who knows when.

    BTW, the stickers are a test to see if my graphics will hold up. :)
  5. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Front shot.
  6. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    From the riders view.
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    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Pretty happy w/ these.
  8. RXV_Poor

    RXV_Poor Been here awhile

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    I like your bike CJ. I'm hoping you'll report on how the bigger tanks affect the S in the handling department.
  9. Johnf3

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    CJ,
    Your bike looks the business. The natural tanks look really good.
  10. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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    CJ you pimp!!:evil
  11. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    Just read the thread starting with page 1. Nice transition - good work on all of the mods.
  12. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Thanks guys,

    A little update:

    This weekend bmwgsbill and I went to Clark county to hit some trails before they closed for hunting season. We did about 120 miles on Sat. It was a great day to do some testing.:ricky The tanks didn't really slow me down much. Of course I could feel the weight, but is was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. You sure can't wheelie very easy anymore. I did not do any adjustments to the forks from what I had before hand. A little more preload may have helped I'm sure, but it was still pretty well balanced. In a few spots through the whoops Bill said I got a foot of air or so and it soaked it up just fine. I noticed no issues w/ the fuel sloshing around, and the crash bars gave me a little bit a security if something did happen, but I never crashed. I only got stuck once during the day and that was when we were screwing around in a small gravel pit.

    Check out this link for some pics and video Bill took. Thanks Bill, what a great ride. Now we need to get some nobs on your sweet looking 950 for a spring ride.:thumb

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5667090&postcount=225
  13. wshoc840

    wshoc840 Been here awhile

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    Here's some close shots of the big tanks. Yeah its in a truck, safer when trying to avoid deer in northern Wisconsin this time of year.

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  14. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Nice pics Bill. I hate having to truck this bike. I'd much rather ride it, but sometimes it's just safer not to.

    I got the Rekluse installed this weekend and after breaking it in I took it out for a few miles. I am very impressed so far. When riding on the street you barely know it's there. When the going gets slow and technical off road, it's great b/c you can concentrate on the task at hand and not worry about stalling.

    Cyborg's thread was what got me thinking about one and his instructions are great.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=266086

    The production units are pretty much the same as the one he shows so I'm not going to post more pic of the same thing. I did put the washer on and it looked safe, so maybe they did change the thickness on that, not 100% sure. Also I did not tip my bike on it's side, you can install this on it's side stand, and I left my skid plate on. It's a little tricky getting the balls and plate on, but nothing that would have made me wish I would have had my bike on it side. Either way it works, your choice.

    In my kit I only got one set of balls, no option to put heavier tungsten balls in. Clutch engagement was great, very smooth and firm. Mine does creep a bit when it's in gear, I set mine up a little on the tight side for adjustment. You have to check the install gap w/ a feeler gauge. It says it's not suppose to go, but if it does there should be some drag on it. Well there was drag on it, but I thought I'd put the thicker one in, just to make sure the clutch was not slipping. Kind of worded odd, but anyways, you adjust this by putting different thickness steal drive plates in. Pretty simple really. I may try going back to the thinner and see how it feels, just to see what kind of difference it makes.

    My biggest worry was that it would kick out and there would be no engine breaking. In fact the way it is setup right now it does not kick out until it get to about 1800-1500 rpm. I never get below that when riding on the road unless I'm stopping, so it's really not an issue. Off road going down hill it does tend to push a bit, b/c it's in first gear and and running at about 1,800 rpm. If you grab the brakes though it does not stall the bike out, just concentrate on the riding, not the clutch. :ricky

    So far I give it 2 thumbs up. :thumb :thumb

    As soon as I can post some pics, I'll show a new part I made over the weekend.
  15. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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    Can you post pics yet?:wink:

    Just read through this again since i now have my Rekluse,will install it as soon as i have A, ability and B, time.:D
  16. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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  17. pburke

    pburke Talks more than he rides

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    nice - looks trick - excuse my ignorance, but what does it do other than allow mud and rocks to get in there?

    by the way - they let you spend way too much time on that computer at the shop :-)
  18. willnevergrowup

    willnevergrowup Long timer

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    You don't go by mud and rocks...so it should work great for you!!:D

    CJ....Mr. pburke will take 2!!!







    Morning Peter!!!
  19. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Peter,

    Mud and rocks, shoot, I knew I forgot something.

    It also keeps your boots nice and oiled up.:poser

    Really though. There is a Lexan sheet in there so it's see through. The outer 17-4 stainless steel cover prevents the brake lever from getting pushed through it in a crash. Not that any of us Crash. :)

    NO oil leakage. It's not a Harley, all o-ring sealed up.:thumb

    Be nice Elmer.
  20. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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    Spent all day trying to get parts for someones UPVC door(lock mechanism) having stripped it etc so not had a chance to fit the rekluse yet.I now have to go to the gym and then off to work!!:huh

    Ohh yeah,CJ....That's just BLING!!