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Well, I'm planning to sell my SCR950 in the spring. I'm too old for a bike that injures me every other ride. My back is not in the best shape, and the lack of suspension travel means even tiny potholes can leave me sore and crunchy for a week. Seems every other ride I hit something that hurts my back. I don't have that problem with any of my other bikes, and I'm just not riding the SCR because of it. Sure.... I could make it a little better with about $600+ worth of shocks, especially since I lifted the rear an inch already. I could get custom shocks with more travel and make it slightly better... but I'd still be going from 1.7" to 2.7". That's not a lot. (no matter what the specs say, I measured the swingarm travel to be 1.7" from fully extended to where the shocks hit the rubber bumper inside the spring).

And... the shocks aren't the only thing. It also needs a seat. Badly. My balls cannot take the agony of the stock seat. That's even more money. And the wind buffetting is highly annoying, and that can't be fixed. I've tried no windshield, I've tried the little windshield, I've tried large windshields, it can't be worked out. The cornering clearance, even raised up, sucks (I drag ALL THE TIME). That also can't be fixed, I just have to hang off the bike like a fool. The killer is that it's just not suitable for gravel and dirt roads of any kind. I bought this bike to ride 200 miles to the mountains, and then stay in a campground or hotel and bomb all the great unimproved dirt and gravel roads in the area. But I'm a cripple after 200 miles, and the dirt and gravel is more than the suspension can handle.

The real tell that it must go is that I put 8000 miles on it in four years. That's 2k a year. In that same time period, I bought a dirt cheap SSR Buccaneer 250 for $3200. A brand new chinese motorcycle for $3200. I figured the Yamaha was my touring bike and I need a small around town bike. Well, I put 10k that Chinese 250 in 14 months. I took it on tours instead of the Yamaha, because I found I had no pain, no injury, and I was less fatigued, even though the 250 was screaming wide open the entire time on the interstate. I was still less fatigued than I would have been riding the SCR950. Once there I took it on all the cool dirt roads that the yamaha bounced and wallowed and tossed me about on, and I had a FAR better time.

Now that the SCR950 is relegated to around-town duty because it's so miserable to tour on. Well... I don't need a 540+ pound bike with the turning radius of a school bus for around town. I have a 283 pound 250 that's a blast in an urban setting. Nimble and light and easy to maneuver, instead of top heavy and cumbersome.

So... because of all of this I decided to replace the SCR950 as my main motorcycle. I've got a Benelli Leoncino Trail (scrambler) waiting for me at my local dealership, and I take delivery in early february. It's got almost the same horsepower (48 vs 51) and it weighs a full hundred pounds less, with 4 inches more rear suspension travel.... all for $6400.

I'm still lamenting the decision because I LOVE the way my SCR950 looks... I'm just not comfortable on it. I ended up having more fun modding it than I did riding it. Even now I'm excited about the idea of doing a chain drive conversion or fabricating rearsets... but the thought of actually throwing a leg over the bike has me almost cringing.

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I had to google the Benelli and that is one cool ride!
Hopefully you can find someone who likes your SCR and all you have done to it. Otherwise you may have to give it away. Not that I really know what people are getting for them used. But I have feeling the resale will be weak. Hope you prove me wrong Bud. Keep us posted.
 

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Well, I'm kinda hoping I can sell the rack and bags here. Someone might like the look and give me some dollars for it. I doubt it'd add anything to the resale, and I had so much fun modding it I'm not really hurting for a lot of cash. I'll take better pictures and list the luggage for sale soon. Since the bike is now an around-town machine I don't need any of it on the bike anymore anyhow.

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Sad news Charles.....all the OGs really are jumping ship.

You talk about touring - I took mine from the UK to Germany in 2019, and don’t think I found myself uncomfortable once, so I guess it just depends on the individual (just wanted to add some balance for anyone reading). Admittedly, I have also changed out the shocks (Hagons), and also - maybe crucially - the seat (Corbin). I guess I also stayed on the blacktop the entire time.....I’m not looking to ride gravel tracks - I agree the SCR probably would be unsuitable for that....far too heavy.

Funnily enough - on this trip, in France, I got talking at a fuel stop to the owner of a ....... Benelli Leoncino!! Nice little bike - enjoy!

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Sad news Charles.....all the OGs really are jumping ship.

Ben
Dang Ben, I was beginning to think even you had jumped ship.
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Dang Ben, I was beginning to think even you had jumped ship.
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Ha bud - nah, I’m still here, as is the SCR. It has been pushed to the back of my (small) garage for now though. Back in December, I saw an ad for a low mile (-5k) 1996 Evo Harley Dyna not too far from me. I can’t afford it, but went and viewed it anyway, and rather impetuously bought it!!!:|

So, since then, I’ve been reacquainting myself with the idiosyncrasies (shall we say.....) of these machines......:|

I can’t really justify two bikes tho, both financially, nor time wise - I don’t really get to ride so much, and what with Covid shutting down everything here again, meaning constant home schooling for the little one (imagine me as a teacher, will ya?!), I have less time than ever.

Added to which, whenever I consider selling the SCR, I get pangs - I love the bike, so it’s going nowhere yet. Be interesting to see which one gets ridden more this year tho.....

The Harley is lovely tho (IMO.....you’ll see 1000s no doubt, over there.....)

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Back in December, I saw an ad for a low mile (-5k) 1996 Evo Harley Dyna not too far from me. I can’t afford it, but went and viewed it anyway, and rather impetuously bought it!

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That has to be the Harley model that Yamaha tried to replicate with my 96 Virago XV1100.
 

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That has to be the Harley model that Yamaha tried to replicate with my 96 Virago XV1100.
I’m not sure bud, so I looked it up!!


Good article. The Virago is a lot older than I thought, although clearly the US market was a target. Also interesting to read the input of a guy from the UK, who helped to make the Virago what we (you!) know and love!! ;)

Ben
PS - not sure about the new paint job round here!!!! :ROFLMAO:
 

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I couldn't get that link to work on the Virago article. It gave me a brief glimpse and then I got a swarm of advertisements that choked it out.

Man I am stumbling thru this new format.
 

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I think they may have single-handedly killed this forum with this makeover!!!! :ROFLMAO:

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That's exactly what I was thinking. :unsure:
 

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Ha bud - nah, I’m still here, as is the SCR. It has been pushed to the back of my (small) garage for now though. Back in December, I saw an ad for a low mile (-5k) 1996 Evo Harley Dyna not too far from me. I can’t afford it, but went and viewed it anyway, and rather impetuously bought it!!!:|

So, since then, I’ve been reacquainting myself with the idiosyncrasies (shall we say.....) of these machines......:|

I can’t really justify two bikes tho, both financially, nor time wise - I don’t really get to ride so much, and what with Covid shutting down everything here again, meaning constant home schooling for the little one (imagine me as a teacher, will ya?!), I have less time than ever.

Added to which, whenever I consider selling the SCR, I get pangs - I love the bike, so it’s going nowhere yet. Be interesting to see which one gets ridden more this year tho.....

The Harley is lovely tho (IMO.....you’ll see 1000s no doubt, over there.....)

Ben
Hey @Schu ! Bit of a turn up for the books today…..the SCR won, and the Harley is gone!!😲

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I go back and forth on whether or not I want to keep mine. My issue is the placement of the foot pegs. My hips cramp up after 30 minutes. And it’s difficult to find a donor bolt to get more forward controls off of. If anyone has any leads, let me know.
A pro for the scr is I’ve had it parked on the street for the last two years and nobody wants to steal it. So, that’s cool I guess. Lol
 

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I would have preferred the footpegs be back another 4 or 5 inches. It would make standing easier, which is necessary for a bike with almost no rear suspension. I hate forward controls, because all the bumps are then concentrated directly on my spine, with no way to alleviate. Also, I just can't be in as good control of a bike with my feet splayed out like I'm in a barco lounger.

Charles.
 
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