ScottInAustin

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  1. Anyone have a source for aftermarket? How about even just a barrel attachment that someone knows will fit the stock lever? Thanks for any pointers, Scott
  2. What they said... I've been daily-commuting the 610 for about 4k miles now, and it's still more fun than any other bike I've owned. It may not be the ultimate tool for your local go-kart track, but the 510's probably too big for that too!
  3. I don't have any hot tips on TM dealers in the Austin/SA corridor, but I did run into a buddy who used to run the Ducati track days, and he instructs at several trackday groups - as soon as you move back, you've got the hook-up!
  4. Hey Horse, I think you're right, that's a lot of psi for the dunlops, which there's nothing wrong with if you run the pressure low and don't mind them wearing out within the first 3k. They wear out so fast, there's no point in swapping them out 'till you wear 'em out! t'other thing you might think about is shifting your butt way up 'till your nads are almost on the tank, and think about weighting the outside peg, whether you chose to stick the inside foot out or not. Yer right, sticking yer big old leg out there does help weight the front end, but it's not necessary. Notice how in the pic's most of the riders' elbows are high up in the air? This lets you shove the bike down into the turn underneath you like Ollie was talking about. Roadbiking you tend to stay in line with the bike and tuck your elbows into your body, which robs you of leverage - with SM you're moving up and back on the seat and shoving the bike around underneath you, weighting the outside leg. Go try all this stuff in a clean parking lot or garage at lower speeds and increasing lean angles while you figger it out. Then come back and tell us if you've ever had that much fun under 30mph! Playing in your own parking lot TT is hugely helpful when learning how to get the most fun out of a SM. Especially if you want to learn to stick a foot down - it's way too easy to seriously tweak your ankle if you just stab it into the pavement goin 50, so I'd suggest you wear some boots that give you really good ankle support and learn how to be smooth with it in the parking lot first. Most important is probably to be aware of your line of travel relative to how you put your foot down - this is how the forces will be acting on your foot/ankle/knee when your foot hits the pavement. Check out first couple of photos here: http://supermotoracer.com/Artwork/Wallpaperindex2.html Notice how in the first two pic's Wardy and Brandon Currie are putting the outside-heel-edge of their foot down, toes pointed directly in the line of travel? This helps it slide, not stick. Welcome, and let us know how it goes!
  5. #3x is Jeff Ward-google him so l won't blather on about what a bad-ass he is. If you went to go out and totally kick ass, you'll probably get a better dollar-to-kicked-ass ratio by spending your money on an American Supercamp than on bike mod's
  6. That's definitely too much bike for a beginner ... what's your buddy's phone number? But seriously, this would be a great bike for road riding & scaring the gixxr- boys at your local rr track. It'd be quite a hand-full though at a Kart track or smaller, supermoto specific-track if there's any such thing in your neighborhood. The XR sounds like a total blast, l'd hate to say any thing to keep you from getting it. BUT, all you really need to get a taste for supermoto is to put some road tires on the bike you're got & run the Sportsman class!
  7. Ok, I'm new to dirtbikes in general, and so I'm throwin' myself at the mercy of the silverbacks on the list My other bike is a Ducati M900 ('95) and my buddy who held my hand through the first valve inspection is a duc tech with some experience. He's convinced that gaskets are yesterday's news, and uses MotoSeal exclusively. I started usin' it too, and I have to say, it's a lot easier than constantly runnin back and forth to the shop to replace a torn gasket. This SM610 is the only bike I've ever bought new, and so it's the only bike I've ever taken into the shop for service, but I figure that'll get old pretty quick. I really like working on my own bike. What's the wisdom among y'all who do your own work on gaskets vs. that new fangled liquid gasket stuff?
  8. That's exactly it - finger tight, not torqued. Once torqued, you should have no prob's.
  9. Thanks FireBolter, I was lookin for that! This is real easy to do yourself, but since the bike's under warranty, and I'm lucky enough to have a good shop, I took it in. So isn't there a "manufacturer's forum" on one of the listserves? Seems like enough 610 owners have had this issue that it's worthy of a tech bulletin to the dealers, eh?
  10. Please, Don't be like me! If you're a new 610 owner, then you - Yes, you, need to check the torque on the counter-weight nut. Or better yet, have it done before you take the bike out of the dealer's. I've seen this topic in some forums before, but it's always kinda buried, so I wanted to bring it to everyone's attention. If you have no idea what I'm on about, on some 6120's, the nut that secures the counter-balancer weight is installed, but not torqued at the factory. This results in the bike suddenly transforming from the smoothest large SM on the market to a 570cc Johnny Holmes-replica vibrator attacking your nether regions without warning . Oh, and the woodruf key that locks everything together gets broken, and you have to not ride your bike while you or your dealer order another Woodruff key. I'm not sure which is the more traumatic experience. I am a lazy bugger, and I didn't bother popping the case to check the nut during my oil changes (I've done one, the dealer's done two), passed 1,500 miles, and figured if it hadn't acted up by now, I was golden. Almost as if by magic, that night, at 2:30AM I'm doing my favorite strafing run up inthe hills, and the bike begins its Johnny Holmes impersonation. Imagine my friends-with-trucks' wives' enormous pleasure when I started calling around to see if any of them were home yet (we'd had a midnight showing of "doctor, tornado and the kentucky kid" - highly recommended!) So anyway, don't let this happen to you, take the extra 15 minutes and check your nut!
  11. In mixed riding (flogging and "hi officer") I get 30-33 mpg, and that's with it running a bit rich. I get right around 90 miles before the light comes on, and last time I went out for a flog-fest I still managed 110 miles without running out of gas.
  12. but, uh, what were we talkin' about? Oh yeah - not that there's anything wrong with your choices, but unless you commute up and down a twisty mountain road, you might find the smaller, race-oriented bikes to be: a.) kinda buzzy/busy and quick-handling for the task at hand b.) much too tempting to keep your license I'm really happy with the Husky 610 - handles the occasional freeway stretch just fine, and its smoother nature makes commuting without getting arrested/shot-at a lot easier!
  13. Dat's ok,, your avatar makes it all worth it!
  14. Cool as hell! I think that if you lost the 'sponsor' stickers it'd look even better, but what do I know? Congratulations on a bike that's like no-one else's!
  15. Hey, glad to hear you and your wife are ok. Too bad about the bike, but these are questions you should be asking the insurance rep - heck, call 'em back and ask 'em why not. Here in Texas, they'd jack your rates and then go after the guy who caused the accident. It might also be worth your time getting a free consult with an attorney who specializes in these kind of things - most of 'em will give out free advice in the hope you'll come back when you _really_ need 'em.