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Old 04-20-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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How well can a sv650 handle?

With some suspension work. Can you get it to carve like a sportbike?
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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Google "sv650 track bike" and report back.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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I had a SV650 and with Ohlin's and emulators up front it was by far the best handling bike I've owned.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:40 AM   #4
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I've seen properly set up sv's give litre bikes fit's in the curvy stuff at track days.

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Old 04-20-2015, 11:32 AM   #5
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I want a cheap trackbike I can ride on the street. I think this is it. Can you get that feeling of being perched over the front of the bike very easily?
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
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Would sending the forks and shock to racetech get it working well enough?
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:40 AM   #7
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go over to SVrider.

SV's are great bikes.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:04 PM   #8
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I had a 2001 that was my first streetbike. It set the bar really high. The bike handled excellent, gave you plenty of grunt, and was somewhat forgiving. A few of my buddies I rode with had r6s and with the exception of a straightaway my sv could hang just fine. I later had a fz6(also a great bike) but it was not nearly as easy to ride fast.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:36 PM   #9
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It's a great bike. Very neutral steering, even on old tires. Not much engine, it will only do about 120, and it takes awhile to get there. It goes side-to-side very quickly. I think V-twin has something to do with that. I haven't taken mind to the track yet, but I think it's gonna be a LOT of fun. I'd look for an S model if I were you. I have a naked bike, and the windblast beats me up a little bit.i
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:58 PM   #10
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Next to a 250 Ninja, it is the most popular club racer ever. Guy down the street has one that has been very well tuned. It goes quite nicely.
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:10 PM   #11
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Would sending the forks and shock to racetech get it working well enough?
Sure.

Depends on what you quantify as "Good" in the suspension department. With cartridge emulators, and the right springs its certainly sufficient.

The shock is easy, yank the stocker off of a ZX-10 or GSXR and spring to taste there are a number that will work, and you can get them cheap.

For the more advanced user, you can fork swap with a number of bikes, and watch the WERA boards for cheapo Penskes, Penske only makes one shock body, so $250 or so and they will give you the right eyelets and caps and rebuild it sprung for your weight, fitted for your bike.

If you are actually racing, don't fork swap, because that gets you booted out of LWT and into super bike, you need the stock forks, and the GSXR forks are so rigid that if the bike rolls the stearing head will let go before the forks do.

I'd recommend a +04, they are a little top heavy, but very stable leaned and easy to flick side to side.
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:42 PM   #12
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Well enough to shame some supermotos.

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Old 04-20-2015, 07:01 PM   #13
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I put an 03 636 shock on my 99, set the sag for my 210 self (as best I could), and had my mechanic change out the fork oil to a heavier weight; it changed the bike from fun to fantastic. Stock setup is crap of course. Racers seem to modify/upgrade the suspension and tires and call it a day.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:40 PM   #14
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My lightly modified SV handles awesome. A shock from a sportier bike plus springs, emulators, and heavier oil up front make a world of difference. It rails over bumps and holds a line great after those mods. Some go as far as installing gsx-r front ends or cartridge kits in the stock forks and a premium aftermarket shock. I'm sure that's even better, but it'll cost you. The mods I've done were pretty cheap and made the bike a joy to ride. Plan on some rearsets for a track bike. Better brake pads and lines are worth doing too.
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Plan on some rearsets for a track bike. Better brake pads and lines are worth doing too.
Or just relocator plates and better pegs.


Oh and you can flip the stock shifter for GP shift as is.
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