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Old 11-12-2011, 03:31 PM   #91
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Posted this in another thread, but fits here too.

Another ThunderCat...
25 year old Honda bags on a Yamaha.




tent, sleeping bag, Thermarest wrapped in the orange tarp/groundsheet

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Old 11-12-2011, 03:38 PM   #92
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Yes.

Yes it is.
Me likey too
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:39 PM   #93
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My 2007 SV with BMW sport panniers and Axio tail bag:

How did you secure those cases?
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:22 AM   #94
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Here's ours loaded up from a camping trip...
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:24 PM   #95
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How did you secure those cases?
With custom made brackets. Since I put them on I haven't taken them off. I don't think I could go back to a bike without hard bags.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:32 PM   #96
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With custom made brackets. Since I put them on I haven't taken them off. I don't think I could go back to a bike without hard bags.
I'm with you on this. Mine are tilted the wrong way though, and my fabricator moved out of state. I may adjust the angle with washers.



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Old 11-16-2011, 05:47 AM   #97
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With custom made brackets. Since I put them on I haven't taken them off. I don't think I could go back to a bike without hard bags.
VERY NICE
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:23 AM   #98
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My impressions of the Suzuki SV650 and the following holds very true ...

... IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT, IT'S THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG


I think my SV650SF may now need a name change to SV650ST

To make a long story short the SV650 makes a pretty good mid sized sport/tourer. The engine is a proven design that has been around since 1999. The SV V twin engine by design has great torque for either solo or 2-up riding and easily pulls from very low revs Also it is a light, nimble and agile bike that laps up twisites, commuting or touring. Accessories are readily available for anything you can think of.

I bought my '08 SV650SF new with the vision of making it into a mid-sized sports/tourer and it performs this role without hesitation. I am quite comfortable on this bike even though I am 6'4" and 230lbs. Clip-ons and riding position have not proven to be too uncomfortable even for an old bloke such as myself being a couple of months shy of the half century.

Generally on trips which are 2-up plus over 60+,lbs of gear the bike still averages around the 50 mpg which is quite impressive in my books. The SV may not be the biggest, fastest or most expensive out there but will give most a run for the money on highways, canyon twisties or around town and not break the budget. I think SV equates to Simply Versatile.

Over 35 years of touring experience proved an invaluable asset in planning and setting up the bike as I wanted it. I had a vision of what I wanted and the end result was extremely close to that vision and now the wife and I reap the benefits of getting away as often as time, commitments and of course money allow.

With a bit of thought and a few hard earned dollars it can be transformed, I believe, into quite a suitable sport/tourer as shown below.

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Here is a list of everything I have added, swappped, upgraded or changed. Some for performance, some for comfort, some for ergonomic, some for asthetics, some for ... :


Bike Performance and Misc. Modifications
- M4 Polished Standard Mount Slip-on - link
- K&N Air Filter (SV650/S 2003+) Part # SU-6503 - pic
- SV1000/S Snorkel Part # 13891-16G20 - pic
- Dynojet Research Power Commander III USB (SV650/S 2007-2008) Part # 337-411 - link
- Heal Tech GIPro + ATRE - link
- Continental Motion 120/70ZR17 Sport/Touring Front Tire - pic
- Continental Motion 160/60ZR17 Sport/Touring Rear Tire - pic
- Osram Silverstar 12V 60/55W H4 Headlamp Bulbs - pic
- 2007 Kawasaki ZX14 Rear Shock - link
- 16T(+1) Front / 44T(-1) Rear Sprockets - Lowers Cruising Revs by ~500 rpm - link
- SpeedBleeders - Front 2 x SB7100S / Rear 1 x SB8125L - link

Bike Accessories
- Gorilla Cycle Alarm With 2-Way Paging System - pic
- Rear Seat Tail Cowl - pic
- Givi Tubular Sidecase Racks and Top Rack with Givi E45N Side Cases and E45NJ Top Case - link
- MRA Vario Windscreen - Smoke - link
- Corbin Seat - link
- Alaska Leather Pillion Type 1 (Rider Seat), Long Hair Sheepskin Seat Cover - Black - pic
- AMS Passenger's Sheepskin Covered Gel Pad - link
- Garmin Quest GPS - pic
- RAM Handlebar Mounting Kit # RAM-B-149-GA15U for Garmin Quest GPS - pic
- Nelson Rigg CL-350 (17-27 liter) Magnetic Tank Bag - pic
- Grip Puppy Foam Grips - pic
- Crampbuster Motorcycle Cruise Control - pic
- Tech Spec Gripster Sport Tank Pad Set (High Fusion) #62-0064HF - pic
- Suzuki 03+ Lower Fairing Sliders, Part # 990D0-16G40-CWL - pic
- Powerlet (BMW Style) 12 Volt Accessory Outlet - link
- Generic 8mm Swingarm Spools - pic
- SV650 Quick Release Tank Pin Kit (not a retail part) - link
- Clear Alternatives Clear Front Turn Signal Lens, Part # CTS-0009 - pic
- Vista Universal Cruise Control - Part # 1893 - link
- Fenda Extenda - Part # 05020 - link
- Buell Foot Peg Mod - Buell Part # N0006.1AD - link

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Old 11-26-2011, 11:18 PM   #99
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Awesome SV, I really dig your setup... Were the clipons left to the stock height? I also see you have a crampbuster and a cruise control... Is the cramp buster effective or is more of a placebo effect? How much room (width) do you need for the cruise control to be able to fit it on there? Nice write-up, thanks for sharing...
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:31 AM   #100
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Awesome SV, I really dig your setup... Were the clipons left to the stock height? I also see you have a crampbuster and a cruise control... Is the cramp buster effective or is more of a placebo effect? How much room (width) do you need for the cruise control to be able to fit it on there? Nice write-up, thanks for sharing...
Thank you.

The clipons are stock height. I am 6'4" and long arms so no problems as long as you use your mid lower torso muscles to hold you up and not put weight on the wrists. It takes practice but is the only way with clipons. I was thinking of getting Heli-Bars but so far they are not required.

The Cramp Buster does not work well with the Grip Puppies but I liked it immensely when I diid use it. It's always in my tank bag as a backup.

I actually only use the Vista to give my throttle hand a stretch for a couple of minutes every now and then and that's about it.

The Vista does take a bit of room but I got use to it very quickly and adjusted the brake lever accordingly. It would probably feel weird now having more real estate for my throttle hand.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:52 AM   #101
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Awesome photo
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:54 AM   #102
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Now that's a happy passenger

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:59 AM   #103
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Yes sir, very happy but she freaks a bit (a lot) when I do it also :)
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:18 AM   #104
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Yes sir, very happy but she freaks a bit (a lot) when I do it also :)

That's a New Year's holiday card......I'll send you my address.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:22 PM   #105
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You should be proud. That is the most idiotic comment I've seen here in a while.

HAHAHahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awsome!


Lovin the bikes, lovin the pics. keep em comin!
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