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Old 10-08-2011, 12:53 PM   #31
ArtCuisin
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(I have an 03 SV650N, naked. I finally, after 30K miles, put some riser things
on the bars. Not needed when naked, but much, much better when I have
the Givi little screen for off-season riding, or the big, traditional National
Cycle fairing when it is clearly winter. Just like the old days. :)
I went from owning the SV to having four additonal streetbikes, and now
I'm back to the SV. No plans to get rid of it.)


But the real purpose of my post is to ask those folks that own both whether
the vibration level is noticeably different??? When I owned three four-cylinder
bikes, I thought the SV vibrated. Now, I don't think about it. But I think
I read that the Wee had a heavier (actually, it said more inertia, which I guess
could be different), crank so I was wondering whether the Wee was a LOT smoother
as I would hope.

I think I may move to the Wee--because life is short--when the SV gets to 150K or so.

Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:29 PM   #32
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The big wheel is the difference ...

The primary difference between the v-strom and the SV650 is the front wheel size. The V has a 19 inch wheel for rolling stability over rough terrain. The Sv has a "normal" 17 incher. IMHO 17 inch wheels revolutionized handling. On the old pipe-frame, thin tired, 19 inch bikes of yore, a turn in was like waiting for a boat to adjust to the helm. The 17 incher, along with modern wide tires and the stiff space frames, changed the handling '"ratio" to immediate responsiveness.

So, if you go with the heavy V-Strom of 480 pounds with the 19 inch front wheel, you're responsiveness will be significantly slower than the SV of 430 pounds and a 17 incher.

The difference in vibration is neglible, not an issue. Your main consideration is the handling and whether you want the large 5 1/2 gallon tank of the V or the 4 1/2 of the Sv, the difference about 50 cruise miles.

I chose the SV. Handling to me trumped gas tank range. The SV has enough to be practical.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:27 PM   #33
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Yet another resurrection

Ok 2 years later and I have a line on an 06 SV nude w/lo miles, 3500ish. That's bout the price also, 3300. Sound like a nice way to get back into a street ride after 1/4 century off? A Tiger's my 1st choice but a lower entry price could be the smart move if I end up finding my nerve's gone for the street (in a small town in FL w/loads of doped up seniors).
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:40 PM   #34
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Bought my 06 naked 1 year ago. $2950, 10k miles.

Put 7k on it. Awesome bike. 55mpg. I put dirt bike bars on it, gel seat, hard top box and it is comfy. Go for it
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:31 PM   #35
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Nice. What's realistic for 2 up, 100 miiles? This would be for late middle age geezers in reasonable shape..and don't say fjr///!

HEre's the ad copy:
2006 Suzuki SV 650 - $3800

Only 3200 miles. Like new. Always garaged. Second owner. Yosh slip on. Suzuki rear cowl (have seat and handle also). Needs nothing. New tires less than 800 miles. All service up to date. Ready to ride-newer tires also.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:38 PM   #36
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Most 2up I have done is a 130 mile day. Frequent stops, not too bad.

Not much room. I am 6'1 and she is 5'8.

However, this is the best 2up bike I own.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:39 PM   #37
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Test ride it. That trumps internet research
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:23 AM   #38
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Test ride it. That trumps internet research
Poignant words.

Though it's helps hearing others experience-your mileage may vary.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #39
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Check out SVrider.

Fella on there, username MG66 tours 2up on an SV650S.

It's a serviceable 2up bike.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:27 AM   #40
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2-up

If two-up rides are going to be a frequent occurance, go with the V-Strom. Either the SV or DL -spec engines has enough power to handle the weight, and still keep up a respectable pace. The longer wheelbase also means less affect on the handling, with passengers on board.
The DL has far better passenger accommodations, and cargo room than the SV. It's the best 2-up bike going under 1000cc.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #41
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Both need better suspension and brakes.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:45 AM   #42
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I've owned an '00 SV650 naked, an '03 SV1000 naked, and a farkled Wee.

I loved the SV650, not so much the other 2.

The 650's lightness, handling, and just right feel trumped the others. The Wee always felt top heavy, and just plain heavy. No comparison in handling.

The Wee is better for 2 up touring no doubt, but any other time you'll be wishing you had the SV. Just throw a windshield on the SV when you need it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:35 AM   #43
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as for fuel mileage, i've gone 190 on a tank on my 03 SV. my regular day to day 110 mile round trip commute i average about 55 and find it a comfortable bike. naked, but with lower bars.
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