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Old 02-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #76
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:16 PM   #77
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I added a few shims to the hayabusa shock this weekend but still too soft. I think it is getting close but the shock had a bad bleed adjuster and I could not close it. Shopping for another shock with a good one. It does ride better but still some tire contact on landings.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:51 PM   #78
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I have a gladius as a project,have you looked into the shock lever for a dl1000,
can you give a quick overview of the process of changing the lever pivot points and if you would rather PM me as the two previous requests ,just not moving with my shock choice,I ride two up 95 percent of the time so the stock shock in any fashion is just not going to do it,the front end will have to wait until winter for the changeover i expect. thanks
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:36 PM   #79
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Update

Getting ready for a ride to LasVegas and back.
Latest updates
- hayabusa 1300 shock with re-valve (remove stock pivot)
- 15.2 kg/mm spring
- Pirelli Scorp Rally cross 150x17 rear
- Pirelli MT-21 120x17 front
- custom rack
- Delkevic exhaust
- Spirit Windshield
- Extra inch of space foam in the seat from Aircraft spruce

Suspension - ended up with 8+ inches of travel in the rear. Had to keep it stiff to stop the tire from hitting the fender.

Windshield - great addition provide good wind protection above 60mph w/o an shaking when hitting gusts

Tires - good dirt performance but a little buzz on pavement.

Exhaust - lost 5 lbs of weight and has a nice sound w/o too much noise.

Seat - can't be much worse, short ride seemed better.

















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Old 04-28-2013, 08:15 PM   #80
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Color me jealous. That is freakin nice. Like a DL lite.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:34 PM   #81
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Yes but a DL would make more sense. The pegs are in the right place and there are a lot of aftermarket skid plate, center stand and racks. Only thing a DL does not have is the extra HP of the SV. These mods would work great on a DL if you could find one at a good price.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:46 PM   #82
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Looking good Gordon, but I wonder about the shape of the rack at the rear of the seat. Looks like it could be painful if it caught you in the tail at an inopportune moment.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #83
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Yup may be a bit painful.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:00 PM   #84
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So how was it on the trip? Did you ever change the foot peg location?
Are you ready for a smaller bike ride?
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:32 AM   #85
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Maaate, what a build!
I used to have an SV and am drooling at the thought of grunting along a dirt road with that little sixfiddy on the power.

In fact, I sold my SV to buy a 1200 GS. Shouldn't have bothered, eh? Coulda just done the conversion that you've done...
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:03 AM   #86
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lovin this thread.
have you thought about dropping pegs for standing?
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:52 PM   #87
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Epic Journey

Last month I rode with a bunch of folks from the ABQ area on an epic ride to Las Vegas, NV and back. Here is the ride report and a few pics from my POS camera.

Found the bike worked very well considering it started out life as a crotch rocket. The foot pegs are OK and not as bad as I feared. Moving them seems to be a bunch of work due to relocating the brake and shift levers. It was a little work chasing those pesky 690's but it did well in all but the big fields of baby heads. The wind shield helped on the longer road sections. All in all pretty happy with the mods so far.

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Old 09-06-2013, 04:57 AM   #88
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Great bike mods!

Dude, I am so so very impressed with what you have done to your SV.
Big congrats!
I wish I had your skills to do something similar to mine...First I wanted to go for an F800GS or Tiger 800 XC...but since they are something like a computer network on two wheels and can fail so miserably, I'm thinking of sticking with something old and good (like my carb'd '99 SV) for any 'adventure' riding. I'd have gone for a Transalp too, but the extra weight, combined with the lack of power and lack of a 6th gear make it a no-no for me.
Can I send you my SV via DHL, you mod it and send it back to me? (just joking)
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:57 AM   #89
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Hello big cat,
that's by far the nicest Strom I've seen up to this moment (I do know that it's a SV!). There's not much more I think that could be done. Maybe a relocation of the foot-pegs (I presume it's not so hard to do) and a front fender off a Super Moto (would be a better match to the line of the wheel). What I would try if it was mine: fitting some kind of rallye-fairing and cockpit because of my enthusiasum for rallye-(Dakar-)-bikes.
And what about a 19-inch front-wheel? With a 90 or 100 mm-tyre instead of a 120 ...
Btw, as said at other places before in this forum (without a real answer for me up-to-date): I never understand how you American boys manage to ride these fat front-tyres in the dirt and sand. And this dates back to the ole days of the Triumph 'Trophybirds' and the Norton Atlas Scramblers!!! Here in Europe, we ride 21 inch wheels with narrow tyres - also since the ole days. And I found out the hard way on our single cylinder Suzuki 400 (road-bike!), that changing it's tyres from original 3.60 - 18 and 4.60 - 16 to 90/90 - 18 and 120/90 -16 changed it's ability of riding on deep sand from very nice and stable to rather nervous and instable. Those mm-tyres are slightly (but visible) fatter than the original inch-tyres. But maybe, the only answer to this question is to experience your American choice of tyre-dimension by myself on a bike that's set up this way and usually is ridden to full satisfation by one of you guys.
Kind regards from Germany and much admiration for your work so far, Bambi
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:32 AM   #90
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Briiliant work

Gordan ,
Thanks,for sharing your great work ! With body weight and bags added together ,what would the total be . Trying to get a feel for springing on my copy of the ElGato 650 ,hope that I can get anywhere near yours.


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