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Old 09-10-2006, 03:27 PM   #76
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Like your write up Walter. I like it so much I had to register myself here...
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:15 AM   #77
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Back in the SM saddle after 2 weeks off it (Cromags done on the Capo).

Did a club ride yesterday, +330 miles (~1800 total) for the day, including some highway at each end. Continued high fun in every type of twistie or anything that hints of a bend, and pretty tolerable on the slab. No klacking- I tried a technique my friend Frank (DockingPilot) passed on that he heard from a dealer tech in Idaho- no throttle at all and lightest choke possible on day's first start. Seemed to work- will keep this in mind for posting as I know it's a tender topic. Did stall out of the blue after a minute or so waiting for a traffic light to change- but otherwise the carburation seems perfect: so I guess I'll chalk this up as "character" for now

No new farkles- though I have a couple things in mind that I'll probably do in the next week or two.

All for now.
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:07 PM   #78
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Well, some boxes are starting to arrive, but I'm waiting for a couple more ; so I thought I'd post this

Yeah, I know 205, but still very cool

http://www.950supermoto.com/

As I told my friend who sent this- I'm a responsible senior citizen and absolutely refuse to admit that my buy decision was influenced by this video

Besides, I don't even ride like this in my day dreams
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:31 PM   #79
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How about some pics of that sweet new rack I heard you have coming your way?

Yes, I am an entirely shamless whore.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:38 PM   #80
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This...

continues to be a fairly rockin' thread, Walter.
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Old 09-27-2006, 07:45 AM   #81
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Yes, I am an entirely shamless whore.
Brent - Admitting it is the first step towards recovery. Here is a pic of a sweet brents347 rack on my bike
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Old 09-27-2006, 07:56 AM   #82
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[QUOTE=srosa].... Here is a pic of a sweet brents347 rack on my bike QUOTE]


Well, that's one picture I won't have to post

Although, mine should have another component to it
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:05 AM   #83
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Okay Walter, spill it. What is the other component?
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:27 AM   #84
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Okay Walter, spill it. What is the other component?

NBD- something useful, but I think a little blingy
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:32 AM   #85
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I say more pics are needed
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:59 AM   #86
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NBD- something useful, but I think a little blingy
I guess that means we have to wait to see the pics.

BTW - just got the rack in and it is top quality.
Thanks Brent!
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:06 PM   #87
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The rest of this week's brown boxes came

First, the practical...

The first item was Brent's billet rack seen previously. Very nice piece and workmanship I like having the capability of carrying stuff for an overnighter or what have you. I was thinking of mounting a Pelican 1500 via u bolts or gettiing a Givi top plate and u bolting it (which I still may do for extra weatherproof/secure storage). But then an AdvRider posted a new tail pack (which I think is for a 950 A) for a pretty reasonable price and I thought it might work with Brent's bracket (which I hadn't received yet). So I bought it, figuring that I could always use it with an upcoming addition

Fit just fine- using slots that are already machined. Not quick disconnect, but a nbd 2-3 minute drill.



That extra piece you see near the handle is from a strap I added from the side connectors (which you can barely see in the photo below- the little "bump" straight down from the M of KTM). I did that rather than use the supplied D ring type because I could pull the side pieces in towards the middle and thus away from the pipes. The D rings had them too close to the pipes and the inevitable movement would have resulted in them getting burned. Besides, I can use the D rings on the upcoming addition.





The next two things were "match ups". I mean why have a black clutch reservoir cover and an orange brake reservoir cover?



Minor niggle- the oranges are different shades.

(And for those of you wondering- the Hard Part orange anodized cap for the rear brake reservoir doesn't work for the 950s)


Sorta ditto on the left side wrt carbon alternator cover and black plastic sprocket cover



Huge weight difference- must have saved 3 grams.

At least!


I have (so far anyway) resisted the urge to get the pricey carbon spash/chain guard combo, though it was an effort not to order it when I ordered the sprocket & clutch reservoir covers. That's the downside (though it's all upside for them) of Lifetime KTMTalk membership- I keep focusing on what I save with the discount rather than what I'm actually spending.

Or maybe that should be

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Old 10-03-2006, 03:58 PM   #88
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IMHO: The 950SM is the ultimate track weapon!!

I am so over the cafe racers after years riding nothing but...I am thoroughly addicted to the upright riding position on the track and it is so rewarding to lay the beat-down on unsuspecting 600 AFM guys!
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:13 AM   #89
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Who makes the footpeg guards ? I seem to be eating mine up pretty rapidly.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:55 PM   #90
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Miles that is.

Little over 300 miles of mostly twisty pavement yesterday. Other than a great deal of fun, nothing much to report. So far, mostly like reporting on Honda ownership

Prehaps I'll do an oil change to add some grist to the mill.

Ob bike pic (from the camera phone)

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