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Hello,
New member, finally joined after stalking the forums since I bought my SCR at the end of May.
I got the bike with about 4K on it, and between the last week of May and the last week of July put just over 4thousand miles of mainly Northern California twisty redwood roads.

I left Northern California about a week ago and headed east. I just pulled out of Denver this morning after camping just outside of Breckenridge Colorado.

Odometer reads 11,503

My next major city looks like it will probably be Kansas City. I just rolled over 2,000 miles on this oil, does anyone know where I could get my oil changed in KC?
Or do you think I could do it myself in a gas station parking lot? But how would I dispose of the used oil?
What kind of oil is everyone using? I brought a quart of 10-40 Yamaha lube with me in case I needed to add oil on the way. But so far the bike hasn’t lost a drop. I’ve been checking about every other fuel stop with no change.

So far the bike has been running great. I’ve been running 65-75mph, doing about three hour stretches with maybe half hour breaks to rest and stretch my legs.

I’ve been averaging about 52/53 MPG. And about 150/175 on a tank of fuel.

Bike is 100% stock, I swapped factory tires for a Dunlop 404 up front and a Bridgestone Battle Battlewing on the rear.
Any thoughts on what tire pressure I should be running? Tires seem low I’ve been looking for a gas station with an air pressure gauge.

I have a cheap-oh USB port that plugs into my battery tender pigtale and directly to the battry for charging my iPhone. I don’t think it charges as sat as a wall socket but it works flawlessly.

So far a great running bike, I have about 18 pounds of luggage in a dry bag strapped to the back seat.

I’ve ridden long highway stretches in the Nevada basins, hot Utah desert and steep winding Colorado mountain roads and the bike has performed great.
I do think I’m starting to hear a little few tick up too. But I feel like that’s just what all these motors sound like.

Is anyone else gear box ‘clack’ real loud shifting? Man, it’s like a bad Harley joke or somthing. The gear box has always been a little crunchy, and there’s a huge gap between first and second. Does anyone else feel this way?

I just figured I’d post this because I wanted to contribute to the forum. And I wanted people to see what utility these bikes have to offer. What a fun machine! I’ve enjoyed every mile. Very fun to ride at 10/10ths. Haha

Please let me know if you have any input on my above questions.

Thanks,
PNWSCR
 

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I think you are the current winner for SCR mileage my friend - sounds like a great adventure, and good to hear the bike is running strong (no reason it shouldn’t though).

I’ve always thought the gearbox was lovely, and certainly compared to my old Harley’s, which sounded like a lump hammer dropped in a metal bucket when 1st was selected!! Do you pre-load the lever before shifting (just slightly) - I always finds that assists a smooth shift?

Keep us updated on your travels.
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I'm with Ben. The 950 gearbox can be shifted smoothly with little noise. Is your clutch lever properly adjusted?
Not say it isn't, but try this old trick: Pull the lever back just enough to hold a quarter (thin part :)) in the gap created at the pivot area.
Let the lever back out all the way. Will the quarter stay or does it fall out when you let go?
The quarter should only barely stay until you ever so lightly pull the lever. Too tight and the quarter would be firmly trapped and the clutch might slip.
Too loose and the quarter will not stay put and the clutch not fully disengage, making shifts "crunchy". Old oil can do that to a lesser extent, too.
All else being okay, shifting technique can play a part, too. Too fast or too slowly can make life hard for gears over time.
 

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Or do you think I could do it myself in a gas station parking lot? But how would I dispose of the used oil?
I'd do it myself. Buy one of those large disposable tin roasting pans to use as a drain pan, and then pour the used oil back into the Yamalube quart jug. Any "Quick Lube" place should take the used oil for recycling...

Sounds like a great trip, godspeed.
 

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Thanks for the incuragment fella’s!
Camping just down the road from Flagler Colorado, didn’t get much sleep with the pack of coyotes doing their tip and howl thing for most of the night. You feel pretty vulnerable in a hammock. Lol

Does anyone have any thoughts on a route to take thru Kansas? I’d like to stay off of I-70 as much as I can.

I think I will go ahead and change the oil myself today. What’s everyone using for oil? I’ve heard 10-40w is factory spec? Can anyone confirm?

As far as the gear box I’m mostly talking about when I down shift at a complete stop it really cluncks into first.
I have the clutch adjusted just perfect for myself. I come from a long background of riding 2-stroke dirt bikes and really like to use some clutch finesse in my ridding.

Man these bikes are fun on dusty/gravel fire roads! They don’t take potholes and big bumps super great but you can get the backend broke loose just about anytime you want to!

I’m thinking about changing out the bars for a pair of Pro-Tapers or Renthals? Does anyone know what bars fit the stock clamps? 7/8ths?

What’s my best bet for making a little more power? Is there a good ECU/Flash out there? Would a flash be useless with out an Intake and exhaust? Or can I go straight for a tune first and get a little more power?
Or what’s my biggest gain for the money? I’d love to put a new pipe on her, I think the stock ones kinda quiet. But I was even thinking of making my own. Not sure yet.
I’ll be meeting up with a friend of mine here in a few days that has all the tools in the world and a great shop for working on things. I was thinking about fabing somthing up using most of the stock pipe but altering it for better flow/noise? Has anyone taken apart their muffler? Is there a silencer or anything in there that could be removed?
Oh, and I definitely want to look into a small windscreen. Has anyone seen any aftermarkets that look good?

If anyone has route ideas thru Kansas and Missouri please let me know!
It looks like highway 24 pretty much parallels I-70, it looks just as straight though but maybe it will have a better view. And less semi trucks!

Thanks,
PNWSCR
 

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I think you are the current winner for SCR mileage my friend - sounds like a great adventure, and good to hear the bike is running strong (no reason it shouldn’t though).

I’ve always thought the gearbox was lovely, and certainly compared to my old Harley’s, which sounded like a lump hammer dropped in a metal bucket when 1st was selected!! Do you pre-load the lever before shifting (just slightly) - I always finds that assists a smooth shift?

Keep us updated on your travels.
Ben
Haha I think you might be right.
I know there’s a Canadian guy with about 9k on his and there’s somone on this fourum with a little over 8.
I’m interested to see how far she goes before need any major intervention.
These bikes appear to be very well made. In a kinda heavy and utilitarian sort of way. I’ve been banging her around on dirt, gravel, un-maintained roads and haven’t noticed anything start to rattle or come loose.
 

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I'm with Ben. The 950 gearbox can be shifted smoothly with little noise. Is your clutch lever properly adjusted?
I’ve got the clutch adjusted just the way I like it. I come from a long background of 2-stroke dirt bikes and like to use a lot of clutch finesse in my ridding.
I’m actually very pleased with how well the clutch handles all of it. It actually has plenty of feedback and doesn’t seem to mind it.

I’ve never heard of your quarter trick. That’s pretty interesting, I may have to try it just to see how mines adjusted. Thanks!
 

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What’s my best bet for making a little more power?
Is there a good ECU/Flash out there?
Or what’s my biggest gain for the money?

Thanks,
PNWSCR
I can only speak for what I have done to my SCR and that is a K&N intake with a OuterWear pre-filter. It made a very noticeable improvement on low to mid range throttle response. My first ride was filled with short bursts of grip twisting smiles.
My next change will be to send my ECU to Ivan for a reflash based on the intake swap. I doubt I will change the exhaust. From what I have researched it really doesn't have that much of a performance gain, but they sound so sweet it's hard to stay with the stock exhaust. If I changed it will be the TBR full exhaust in stainless.
Please keep us all informed of your journey. It sounds awesome.

Ride Safe and Have Fun.
 

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Man these bikes are fun on dusty/gravel fire roads! They don’t take potholes and big bumps super great but you can get the backend broke loose just about anytime you want to!
Ya man, they're fun to fishtail around on, low center of gravity and super stable!

Ps. For a long trip I'd keep everything stock. I mean why add a loud pipe or a high maintenance intake???

Have fun!
 

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Fresh oil for the SCR. Definitely bad flat spot on my rear tire from strightlining for so long.
No isssues to report.
Got in a pack of eight - ten bikes on the highway and had her held open to about 85 for atleast and hour and t didn’t seem to phase her. I probably would do that to often but you do have the option aparently. Lol

I’m really Surprised the drive belt looks brand new. How long are these supposed to last? Does anyone know the service interval for a drive belts? Also will the police ever wear out like a Chain and sprocket system?

ODO jus clicked over 13900k.
 

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ODO jus clicked over 13900k.
By "k" do you mean "kilometers?"

I think you are the current winner for SCR mileage my friend
I think it's likely the current title holder is @yoitsemo, who mentioned about a month ago that he (or she, who knows) was at 11k miles. Why yes, I do have a weird fascination with the subject of forum members with lots of mileage, what of it?
 

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ODO jus clicked over 13900k.
By "k" do you mean "kilometers?"

I think you are the current winner for SCR mileage my friend
I think it's likely the current title holder is @yoitsemo, who mentioned about a month ago that he (or she, who knows) was at 11k miles. Why yes, I do have a weird fascination with the subject of forum members with lots of mileage, what of it?
Where’s @yoitsemo?? I’m curious how many miles s/he’s at now.

I’m talking Miles not Kilometers. So 13k as in Thirteen-Thousand.
 

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Status update:
First ‘problem’ with the SCR.

Cruising down the road as the sun starts to go down and I realize I have no running lights?? Headlight, break light, indicators, everything’s working, just no running lights (which consist of the two front indicators and the tail light).
A quick stop and check finds a blown 7.5a fuse under the toolkit on the left side.
I wonder what could have caused this? Just it’s time to go I guess?
Luckily there’s a spare 7.5, 15 and 20a mini fuse in the case.
Back on the road,
Thanks Yamaha!
 

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