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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Anything negitave on the 950 T ?

Hi ,
I am thinking about buying a 950 T. Does anyone have anything bad on this bike? I was going to get a 1100 but then I read about the oil filter. Another thing, If I can handel a 950 would a 1300 be better? Of course more money. Now does changing out the exhaust (like say a Vance and Hines 2 into 2) and air intake and a fuel pack really beef it up. And what do fellow members think is a 950 really enough. Remember I have been riding a 250 cc scooter that weigs about 345 lbs.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 09:13 AM
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5200 mls on a 950t. the only thing that is bad is there isnt enough time to ride! good on gas too 65-75 mpg. i dont push it 65 tops. sf
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 09:04 PM
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I've got the 2009 950-T and really like it. I took a 15 year hiatus, got married, had kids while living near San Fran and then Atlanta. Moved to the country in Tennessee and bought the bike, no regrets. Great bike for the $'s. I would want more power if I were going to ride super long distance with a passenger...I joy ride solo...it's great fun!
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 05:20 PM
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not so far

My wife has a 950t and I have a 1300t
Hers can keep up with mine unless I am really pushing it hard.
She gets about 67 MPG I get 52

Hers is so lite that I feel like I could pick it up and move it while driving but it gets buffeted a bit with traffic. also grooves in road move it around.

My 1300 is like driving a cadillac. Heavier and more stable and just easy to drive, but requires more effort because of the weight.

I am comfortable on hers and I don't feel too cramped as opposed to her shadow 750 that I could not even drive more than 50 miles.

She can drive mine and loves to do so, but it is a bit heavy for her if she gets into stop and go traffic.

She does like the looks of hers better than mine. I like mine better, but then again it is customized for me.

Hope this helps
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 11:56 PM
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Looked at the 950 and the 1100 when i was buying. I liked the look of the 950 more than the 1100. BUT the 950 felt more cramped, and i did not like the lesser brakes for a bike thats darn near just as heavy as the 1100.

So in the ended i picked the 1100. Still think the 950 is a awsome little bike though
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 09:29 AM
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Wink I luv the bike

I got my bike last year and put almost 8,000 miles on it. I did some modifications but the bike is awesome. I drilled out the exhaust and air filter box instead of diving in for new pipes and other expensive mods. I like the sounds better. Did it make a difference in gas mileage? Maybe a little, but nothing that great.
I ride with friends who have many different bikes.......HD's, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and all different sizes. We keep up with eachother and the 950 doesn't cause anyone to hold back. There were even some friends who traded their 1100's in for the 950 T.
Hope this helps....IF I were to buy a bike again, I'd still stick with the 950. Heck, if the wife (war department - ha) would let me, I'd buy another one just for........uh, her!!
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 09:52 AM
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It's OK for Two Up

No complaints with my 950 at all after 7,500 miles. We ride two up about half the time (total weight about 340 lbs). No problems or complaints, even in the North Georgia Mountains. I did change to a mustang seat for pillion comfort. And I adjusted the spring a bit stiffer with the little tool that comes with the bike.

Oil change is easy - spin off filter (WalMart has them!) and drain plug easy to get to with side stand down.

I haven't heard of anyone making exhaust or intake mods that increased horsepower. Given the computer controller fuel injection, I think it is unlikely that simple mods would do anything except decrease performance (without dyno tuning the fuel and ignition electronics). Mostly 950 mods are for looks or sound.

No regrets, just happy miles.
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Felt like a Buzzzzzy ride to us

My wife took a test ride on a 950 when she decided to move up from a Honda Shadow 750. I rode with her on my Suzuki C50T.
Two miles into the ride she pulled over to the side of the road and said, "Ride this thing." She wouldn't tell me what I was looking for, but it was instantly apparent. At road speed there's a "buzzing" kind of high frequency vibration throughout the bike-- handlebars, seat, floorboards. It would drive me crazy on a long ride at highway speeds.
We took the 950 back and my wife tested an 1100 Silverado. That ride went for 20 miles, and the bike went home with us. Three months and a thousand milles later my wife is loving it. Of course, I immediately had to upgrade to a C90T just to keep up.
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 01:50 PM
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The 950 has the look of an air-cooled motorcycle because it is. The 1300 has the look of a liquid-cooled motorcycle because it is. It is amazing how little this means to people until they observe things on the bike that would make it look better, but are never satisfied. That is the first thing. The second is the location of the speedo, on the tank with the 950 which is cool, but instead on the 1300, on a silly little added on gauge that looks cheap but modernistic in the futuristic styling attempt. Strictly looking at power and managibility for the long runs, the 1300 gets the nod. The buzziness that someone suggested on their 950 was not something I noted riding around town on the 950. Women are able to handle both bikes with equal aplomb, but the 950 weighs less and parking, u-turning and garage maneuvering are much easier on the 950. The 950 has quite a bit of top end power for a bike that gets such good gas mileage. With the bags and windscreen on, it is a competent tourer. Around town, it is a joy as long as those bags are left in place. If commuting, the screen is needed. The 950 screen has quite a bit of research and development in it. Belt final drive for both bikes is the new choice for manufacturers as it is reliable, long lasting and transmits horse power without torque reaction or the complexity and expense of a shaft. All things to consider. zioo

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 02:29 PM
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OK, I'll throw my 2 cents worth in there. Bought my 950T last June. Love every minute I spend on it. Performs great. Ordered a ram mount for my Nuvi260 and a hard wire kit. Mustang seat should arive today. Only 'issue' if you can call it that, is that the wind coming off the screen catches me at the top of my head and a lot of buffeting. Waiting until I try it with the new seat since the riding position will change. May have to bump up to the 20" screen. I'm counting the days until I can get it back out! If you decide to get one, you wont be disappointed.
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