Pimp my 950 Adv S!

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by wachs, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Well, maybe pimp isn't the right word but we're looking forward to tearing into this '06 950 S. Bought the bike from a riding buddy who got it new in '06. He rode the piss out of it but stayed up on the maintenance, so it's not pretty but is mechanically sound.

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    Took it over to Gresham KTM for the 18k service and everything looked really good, I then promptly put another 4k on it cruising to Montana and all over Oregon.

    Before we start tearing into the bike, I took it over to Mr. Ed's Moto www.mredsmoto.com for a custom seat. The stock seat, for me anyway, was incredibly uncomfortable.

    Before:

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    It was all packed out, ripped and only had one seated riding position - down in that pocket.

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    I was looking for more of a rally seat that would lift me up about 2-3" and make it easier to slide fore and aft.

    After:

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    That's more like it!

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    Mr. Ed (Don Weber) has been building really nice saddles for 30 years or so and really knows his business. He was very patient with me and even built one of his traditional saddles first, probably thinking that I would sit on his artful creation and 'see the light' of the more common 'touring' design. It was very comfortable and I almost OK'd that layout but knowing that 50% of the riding time I do is standing, we created this sort of hybrid.

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    I personally, like the square edges as it is another point of contact that gives me familiar feedback whether standing or cornering both on and offroad.

    Next - we start on the tear down - there's snow on the ground here and the perfect time to find all the wear parts that need replacing.

    We are also going to do a vinyl wrap as the paint is flaking off and it will be way too expensive and time consuming to sand off the stock plastic and re-paint.

    An 18" rear wheel set with knobs, some LED blinkers, suspension freshen up, different handle bars, new SW crash bars (these are all bent), skid pan and various other bits . . . more soon.
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  2. lddave

    lddave been there

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    I had them rework my 950 Adv seat, great bang for the buck.
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  3. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    I met Don in Gerlach on my way back from ID last Sept. Cool dude, obviously has a real passion for exploring and riding. I'm glad to hear your happy with his product, as I might have him make me a seat for my DRZ.


    Tom D. keeps saying his stock S seat is super comfy... I think he's crazy!
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  4. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Go Dave! :clap

    Pimp that KTM.

    Q~
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  5. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Sweet. Looks like my bike, scratches and all. I'll be interested to see what you do with the vinyl wrap.

    So is that a 17" rear on there? I'm not sure why your bike would have a 17 on the back, but if you want to trade for a nearly new 18" wheel, I'm all ears.
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  6. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Yes - the 17 is for road but before the snow fell ? - the last time I rode the bike in the dirt ? - the bike was 3' off the ground several times and roosting up familiar logging roads, with those Distanzias and the 17. It's really amazing how well the front Avon is able to brake so well as long as it is rocky or firm off-road.

    We'll have both the 17 and the 18 though. Really looking forward to the Mefo on the 2.5 X 18.

    Stoked for the wrap part.
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  7. grit.grease

    grit.grease moto hobo

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    looks like stinky pinky's old ride - have fun with it, i turned many a wench on it back in the day... can't wait to see this wrap! what are you thinking, a cracked mud GL motif?
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  8. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Looking forward to seeing how the wrap turns out


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  9. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Hey GG - yes, same bike. Every square centimeter of this thing is scratched or nicked up but it runs awesome. Pinckney acts like I stole his girlfriend! :lol3

    Not sure about the graphics, just getting started on that but yeah, some GL rallye-themed look is what I'm after.
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  10. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    sweet scoot there Wachs :D
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  11. ironmtnracing

    ironmtnracing MotoQuest Seattle

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    Don't forget the footpegs. Getting something a little longer on there will make a big difference.

    I went with the CJRacer extensions and so far have been really happy with them.

    You're going to start planning on meeting us this spring for a peninsula run over in the Olympics.
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  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Hey John - yeah, footpegs and those Hammerhead shifter and brake levers.

    Looking forward to some rides on the big bikes up there brother! :clap
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  13. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Color me clueless but whats a "vinyl wrap". I have an Orange 06, thankfully the paint is good.

    You can't get that style SW Motech crashbar anylonger, though the new style doesn't have the stupid bend by the right footpeg.

    Looking fwd to reading about how the pimping works out ...... :lurk
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  14. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    The vinyl like you see on brewery trucks or any kind of 'advertising' that is 'wrapped' on a vehicle. It's really tough, you use any graphic you want and with careful installation, (no bubbles) it looks pretty good.
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  15. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    Just my opinion here... I dislike the SWmotec crash bars for ease of maintenance access to the innerds o the beast.. They tend to be even more of a PITA to mount/dismount. I prefer the early HepcoBecker type (I think that they were the OEM hard parts option) for ease of use.... HOWEVER... I think that SWmotec bars are tougher..

    Touratech recently released a stainless steel crash bar set that are similar design to the HBs, but they want bling bling prices for them per usual.... they are nice though... saw a set on the show piece bike at the Seattle IMS.
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  16. grit.grease

    grit.grease moto hobo

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    having had my 950 go down hard on both sides on several occasions (the last time being when my x-wife backed into it in the driveway) i can attest to the superior strength of the SW crash bars. the tanks have not a scratch.

    i was with a guy one one ride who had those HB crash bars, low-sided at about 20mph and the crash bar just bent into the tank, offering very little in the way of protection.

    the SWs are a pain to remove but the full-cage design is really suited for those of us who plan on crashing from time to time.
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  17. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Can't wait for the new GL 950 Rallye. So many options to choose from, so little room to work with. That rallye blue would look great with a mock of the Gauloise logo's but rather Giantloop... heehee.
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  18. Killer Whale KTM

    Killer Whale KTM Life is the adventure!

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    Here is my "wrap job"
    Some tips
    -Smaller areas are easier and cheaper
    -research the brand of vinyl, there is a difference.
    -check out the reflective vinyl. I've used black and red that looks cool and is a great safety feature !!
    -Go easy with the pressure washer !!
    Good Luck & Merry Christmas !!
    Killer Whale KTM

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  19. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Oh geez - was busy with winter and should've gotten on this project while it was still snowing but as soon as the sun came out and the dirt softened up, I couldn't resist riding this beast.

    The time has come and I started by creating the templates for Stuck On Racing to make our graphics package.

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    Jeremy will have a really nice set of templates for this machine. He outputs true moto graphics not the cheezy vinyl wrap jobs we were considering earlier. www.stuckonracing.com

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    Then me, Pat and Hurley (the dog) tore into the project with gusto.

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    Lots of cool new parts and upgrades to bring this monster up to date!


    Stay tuned . . .
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  20. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Forks and shock are done. Graphics are applied and being shipped back on the bodywork, got the 18" SE rear wheel with Mefo Super E, new gearing, handlebars, Rally Moto triple clamp steering damper, fresh right side fuel cell and SW crash bars, Hammerhead shift lever, all new fluids (those brakes are gonna be like brand new!) and some other stuff.

    Leaving sunday for an extended desert tour on the XR650R and will put this 950 back together by the end of the month. :wink:
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