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I am looking to purchase a new bike. I noticed that a couple of local dealers have great deals on the scr950.

I was wondering how these bikes do reliability wise and what sort of problems one can expect to have with them. The one thing that concerns me is that the bolt and scr both can sometimes suffer from bad head shake/ wobble. I was wondering if anyone has dealt with this problem and if there is a definitive fix to it.

I am in no rush to buy, but I will be putting a good deal of miles on whatever bike I do end up buying. Over anything else I need the bike to be rock solid, dependable, and reliable. Hopefully I can get a test ride on one sometime soon as see what I find for myself.

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I am looking to purchase a new bike. I noticed that a couple of local dealers have great deals on the scr950.

I was wondering how these bikes do reliability wise and what sort of problems one can expect to have with them. The one thing that concerns me is that the bolt and scr both can sometimes suffer from bad head shake/ wobble. I was wondering if anyone has dealt with this problem and if there is a definitive fix to it.

I am in no rush to buy, but I will be putting a good deal of miles on whatever bike I do end up buying. Over anything else I need the bike to be rock solid, dependable, and reliable. Hopefully I can get a test ride on one sometime soon as see what I find for myself.

Thanks!
Tom Hanks fan?!

The bikes are going cheap, as they’ve not really been the hit Yamaha were expecting. Having said that, the SCR is based on the Bolt platform, which itself has a powertrain that has evolved from previous Yam cruisers back to the era of Viragos (I.e. time immemorial). I’d have no concerns re reliability (finish might be another thing, if you’re going to all-weather it).

Some riders have experienced head shakes / wobbles, some haven’t (I haven’t). There’s a thread about it on here somewhere - use the search function. I don’t think it would stop me buying the bike, as it’s not happening to everyone, and it’s not impossible to put right if it does.

The question you really want to be asking yourself, is if you want a relatively slow, vibrational, looks-like-a-Scrambler-but-really-a-cruiser bike?! That may sound like damning it with faint praise, but I love mine! And, if you think it might be for you, you’ve come to the right place - enjoy!
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The question you really want to be asking yourself, is if you want a relatively slow, vibrational, looks-like-a-Scrambler-but-really-a-cruiser bike?! That may sound like damning it with faint praise, but I love mine! And, if you think it might be for you, you’ve come to the right place - enjoy!
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Couldn't have put it any better myself. I've had no regrets on my purchase, other than the "I said a while ago that I was planning to buy a new bike... I thought?" conversation I had with my wife.
 

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I mainly bought this bike for reliability and easy maintenance
and it only gets better the more miles I put on it and the more I ride it

think about it this way... it's a naked bike, no expensive fairing that would break if the bike fell, no radiator to flush or worry about the coolant to leak

also as a naked bike, super easy to maintain, the spark plugs can take 5 minutes to change
same thing for Oil ... throttle body sync
you can literally do the service in 30-45 minutes

Valve adjustments every 16,000 miles !! and they are easy to access

Just do yourself one favor when you buy it... change the seat (Corbin is a great option) and also there is seat concepts

and get a windshield... even though it may look ugly, but it's really practical since you will put some miles and use that bike as a commuter or as a vehicle...
 

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+1 on all comments thus far. Mainly letting you know I have zero head shake, and I have coasted hands free from 70mph down to almost nothing. I don't know if there is some other way to try and induce the wobble other than that. I only have 2k miles on mine so far. My mods are a K&N intake, OuterWear pre-filter, Kisan Technologies Pathblazer and Tailblazer, Nation Cycle wind deflector, adventure foot pegs, SeatConcepts cover/foam, aluminum skid pan, custom made luggage rack, 4 custom made leather bags, rear end tidy, relocated the license plate with LED mounts, and swapped out the side marker reflectors with old round ones from the 70s. I'm still running the hideous looking stock exhaust simply because the performance gains seem marginal for the money spent. The only remaining mod that I will do during the off season is to grind off some material on the steering stopper to try and minimize the enormous turning radius on this bike. It is ridiculous.

If you think you might like the SCR, then the odds are good that you will. I doubt there is a better bike for the same price.
 

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Plus, the bike cannot be beat for what they are going for. I've never experienced any kind of "wobble" other than driving on these lousy, pothole infested Michigan roads but the bike handles that easily. Additionally, that is why they have warranties to protect you from any concerns that you may have. Yamaha even offers extended warranties. Ride on mate. There are no perfect bikes . . .
 

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