Northern New England chatter...

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by baiku, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    I have.... 18K miles on my 950 so far. Low miles, I know, but I don't ride enough. This is the first time I've opened the engine for maintenance. Well, I did replace the water pump seal as preventative maintenance, but haven't touched anything else. I've had no problems at all with the bike. I do plan other mods, but those are for fun & functionality. And I'm the 3rd owner. Well, call it 2.5 since the 2nd owner barely had it long at all. He changes bikes like most people change socks... :lol3

    People say KTMs are high maintenance, but I don't see it. Sure, a high strung 450sx bike may need a new piston once a year if you race it. But all brands will if you race. I did rebuild my KTM 250sfx, but that was a racebike and it was my fault for buying a racebike that didn't have an hour meter on it.

    So don't believe all the "problems" you see in either brand's specific forum section. Mostly hand wringing in both.
  2. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Yeah, I had to leave the store when I saw that one.:tb

    A few years ago I went up secretly hoping they still had one just like it on the floor. I'd seen it there on a previous trip. I had prepared myself for what was to appen when I got home.:zilla As I pulled into the parking lot I watched it's new owner ride it out of the parking lot. :whew:lol3

    My favorite 950 tire? I haven't done a whole bunch of testing but mine came with a brand new set of TKCs. 2000 miles the rear was junk. Front lasted like a 606 with the typical cupping after some time.

    Tried the Big Block...maybe even two of them. Think I had a 606 on the front with it. 2000 miles or less the rear was junk. I didn't care for it in mud but this guy seems to love them. Of course, he can actually ride. I may give them another shot as they are wicked inexpensive in comparison to the 908.

    During all of this extensive testing "It's in the name of science, SCS!":lol3 I was also reading up on tires for the 950. Found a whole bunch of people were getting the most life out of the 908 on the rear. Many also ran the 908 with a 606 on the front. Since I didn't feel like reinventing the wheel pun intended I tried it.

    I get more life out of the 908. I like it better in the mud but it could just be my imagination. It does cost more but I'm still weighing that against burning up and changing more of the less expensive tires. Keep in mind they come in only one size and your rear wheel will be a tad wide for it. In the words of Poacher Bob, "They all do that."

    As for the front, a 606 is a 606. I happen to like them off road and can deal with it on road. It hasn't tried to kill me yet.

    As I typed that last line I recalled getting onto the edge of a 908 over in the Gaps and it getting my attention.:eek1

    Source? Every February or so Chris has his tire sale. He treats me exceptionally well. Bulk is good. If you ride it you'll use tires. Might as well stock up and save some cash for gas.:deal

    Have also heard good things about the Heidenau tires. Depends on the terrain you plan to ride, I guess. He happens to be a dealer for those.

    Now, let's move onto oil...:lol3

  3. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    You say that like these scratches...

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    That was a great ride!
  4. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    You need a ride up?:ear
  5. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Nope, taking the old KLR for my final ride on it up, riding the new beast home (well, probably not directly home).
  6. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Bout frick'n time.:lol3

    IT to Lc8 in 4 years,,,the force is strong in this one.:rofl
  7. Kaw4Life

    Kaw4Life Busted Adventurer

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    Dude that is nothing .... Me ....

    Honda CT70 to R1200GSA in 40 years !!!!!


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  8. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Smooth is fast.....:rofl
  9. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Be really careful. Those final rides sometimes don't end the way you thought they would.:D
  10. Kaw4Life

    Kaw4Life Busted Adventurer

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    One would think .... I have no personal experience with that.

    :D

    Good luck Doug, this is a special day for you, hope you have a great day!
  11. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Don't worry, made it there and back without issue. A bit chilly on the ride back but the bike is in the garage, left side tank removed and I am routing a wiring harness for my electric gear. Will be warm and tosty riding later this afternoon :D
  12. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Didja get the tank and the %$#&ing crashbar back on yet?:lol3 That's the real test.

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    I've had good luck with the top bolt first then the others. If you need a hand I's gladly go up and droo, er, I mean do what I can to help.
  13. captain crunch

    captain crunch huckleberry

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    S90 to NC700 in 48 years
  14. Kaw4Life

    Kaw4Life Busted Adventurer

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    Damn son you old !

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    I started when I was eight, how about you?
  15. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Yeah, had to fiddle with it for a while but eventually it all lined up. Going to replace the bolt with a stud I think. One of those handy tips from ktm950.info

    Hardest part of the whole deal was all the damn hoses and electrical connections to the tank. I think it was 4 hoses and 2 electrical connections on the tank. Plus 2 electrical connections on the side panel for the canister. Of course they are all just barely long enough to reach which makes them difficult to get on and off.

    Put on just over 100 miles today :D
  16. NHBill

    NHBill Loosely Wrapped

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  17. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Nice. And I'm surprised how easy the valves are to adjust. Never knew it had gear driven cams. :lol3 No cam chain to muck with like other bikes with shims under buckets like I've dealt with before.

    Got some heat reflective paneling stuff for the right tank. Hopefully that and a new tank cap gasket will solve some of the fuel issues I've had in the past.
  18. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Nice, yeah would be easier not having to mess with the tensioner.

    You been having vapor lock issues? While mucking with the tank cap are you going to do a "flapendectomy"?
  19. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Nope. Heat in the tank from plonking around in the woods on a hot day. Boiling gas. Fumes and sometimes fuel coming out right tank, especially when dropped on right side. :lol3

    Don't believe all the horror stories from the interwebs.
  20. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Being NH Maple Syrup Weekend and all SCS and I decided we'd head up to our favorite sugar shack for some 'breakfast' today...

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    ...clearly, they've finished picking a Pope :pope...

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    While we wait for a table we get the nickel tour...

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    PM me and hit my PayPal if you want your CEUs.:deal :lol3

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    You wouldn't know it from these pictures but we met whizzerwheel up there.

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    About the time our tour ends they call our name and we head to our table. At least one of us didn't forget the food shot.

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    After a hearty meal, we head back out to the bikes...

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    We decide to take 175/132 home. Whizzer follows for a short while...

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    ...before he splits off for Newfound Lake. We continue down 175/132...

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    Even with a frost heave or two it didn't disappoint.

    Great day for a spring ride!:clap:clap:clap