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Hey dudes,

Just joined the forum and excited to learn more about this bike. I've been riding dirt bikes for a decade and I've decided that I wanted to get something with a little more utility. Most of what I've been reading online has been quite positive regarding this bike and I'm eager to see what the daily riders have to say. Cheers.
 

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I love it, with the caveat that I put longer 12.25" shocks on it and slid the tubes down in the trees 1/4" in order the quicken the steering and increase the cornering clearence. It drags hard parts too easily with the stock suspension IMO. If you're used to cruisers, this isn't a big deal. If you're used to anything else, and like to ride in a spirited fashion, you'll be frustrated by having to slow way down for the fun stuff. Frame parts scrape moments after peg feelers, so the feelers are almost useless. With longer shocks the bike is a dream though!

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I love it, with the caveat that I put longer 12.25" shocks on it and slid the tubes down in the trees 1/4" in order the quicken the steering and increase the cornering clearence. It drags hard parts too easily with the stock suspension IMO. If you're used to cruisers, this isn't a big deal. If you're used to anything else, and like to ride in a spirited fashion, you'll be frustrated by having to slow way down for the fun stuff. Frame parts scrape moments after peg feelers, so the feelers are almost useless. With longer shocks the bike is a dream though!

Charles.

Thanks Charles! Ill definitely keep in mind what you have suggested in regards to the stock suspension. How much did you have to invest in aftermarket to get to your current build? Is there a particular brand of aftermarket that people seem to prefer for this bike?
 

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Honestly, this bike is such a new model there's not much out there. I pioneered the longer suspension upgrade. I used FORSA (EMGO) shocks for a Sportster because they were the length I wanted, sprung for a bike that weighs similarly, and had black bodies with red springs. I had to fit new metal spacers inside the rubber bushings (Harley is 1/2" and Yamaha is 14mm), and grind away part of the rear brake line guide bracket, as it would hit the stock muffler bracket with the longer shocks. (If you go with an aftermarket exhaust this problem doesn't exist). The rear is 1.75" longer than stock. Sliding the fork tubes down in the trees .25" gives a 1.5 difference between front and back, and this is great for quickening the handling. (Stock this bike has miles and miles of trail and slightly slow steering, so there is plenty of wiggle room).

There are lots of shocks out there, you don't have to use the ones I chose. In fact I'd recommend against it, as you'll have to machine or buy (and then cut to length) spacers for the shocks, and that's not something an average joe can do.

Note you can't go with long-travel shocks because of the belt drive. Not without ka-jiggering a belt tensioner, at least.

As far as investment, the front was free. I spent $130 on the rear shocks and $15 on the spacers. Cutting and grinding the bracket was free, and i had a can of rustoleum on my shelf, which I used to repaint the bracket. I also welded an extension onto my side stand foot, because the bike leaned WAY over after this mod. You can just drag around a small piece of 2x4 if you'd rather though. That's cheap and easy!


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Hey dudes,

Just joined the forum and excited to learn more about this bike. I've been riding dirt bikes for a decade and I've decided that I wanted to get something with a little more utility. Most of what I've been reading online has been quite positive regarding this bike and I'm eager to see what the daily riders have to say. Cheers.
Welcome to the forum. You might be one of the few who actually intends to use your SCR as a scrambler. I bought mine because I dig the old Yamaha enduros from the 70s and the SCR captures a lot of that old styling. I have no intentions of riding this porker off road. It's just a cool looking commuter for me.
 
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Hey dudes,

Just joined the forum and excited to learn more about this bike. I've been riding dirt bikes for a decade and I've decided that I wanted to get something with a little more utility. Most of what I've been reading online has been quite positive regarding this bike and I'm eager to see what the daily riders have to say. Cheers.
Hey Welcome, I love mine too. But like Schu... Mine is only going off road, if I mess up somehow.:laugh:
Seriously. It says on page 2-2 of the manual that it was not designed for off rode and should not be driven off road. Ir you did a lot to it like chopper charles... Then maybe.. But keep in mind it weighs 547 lbs. And its belt driven.
Yea its a porker. Mines great for waht I use it for. A standard cruiser.'
I really like mine.
 

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Just as an FYI, I unintentionally went mudding today with my SCR950. All the melting snow turned my back yard into a mud bog. Looks like grass but as soon as I started riding through it the rear sank in real good. The bike is soooooooo heavy in the back. Front just floated over the grossness, but the rear was slipping and sliding everywhere with the stock tires. I've got to clean mud out of everywhere now :/

I'm modifying mine in the short term to handle better, and in the long term to make the trip to Alaska. At the most it will see BAD dirt roads. Not single track or anything crazy, but pot-holed, unimproved, terrible roads. I think the SCR is up to the task. And technically I'll still be on-road :)

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Thanks for all the welcomes guys. I only mentioned dirt bikes as my background, and I don't have any intention of using this bike for that. Considering what you guys have noted from the instruction manual/weight of the bike, it doesn't seem like I'd have much luck using it for that anyways aha. I was definitely first drawn to this bike by its retro styling, and I plan on using it mostly for commuting to work/cruising. A trip to Alaska you say? Where abouts do you live, that sounds like quite the trek. Going for an iron butt award?
 
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