Poor Man's Adventure Tourer

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by ag_streak, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Or... How to Build a Low-Tech Adventure Tourer on a Budget

    Start with a used 2004 SV650 with 7,000 miles. Ride it home from Miami to Tampa with a tropical storm chasing you.

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    Bolt on some SW-Motech carriers and a Sargent seat.

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    Add some Seahorse cases.

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    Buy a used windscreen from a Tiger 800 and fabricate some mounts.

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    Raise the front fender in preparation for 17" TKC-80s.

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    Crank up the suspension preload.

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    Go ride.

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    If the tires weren't almost new, I'd replace them sooner, but I'll enjoy the grip for road riding until they wear out, then spoon on some TKC-80s. Not much fun in the dirt yet, but the suspension is better than the Versys' in bumps.

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  2. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    TKC-80s
    Skidplate (not figured that out yet)
    Higher aluminum bars
    Handguards
    Headlight grill
    Radiator guards (not figured that out yet)
    Heated Grips
    Stainless brake lines (eliminate crossover)
    Raising link dogbones (already have)
    Reinstall stock rear fender (already have)
    Front fender extender
    Front suspension spacers
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  3. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    The last year I had my SV, exact same as what you have, it spent quite a bit of time on dirt roads. The only changes I made were the higher bars, handguards, and Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires. So long as it wasn't too loose the tires were fine, outstanding traction on pavement. The suspension worked better than I expected, but the only reason I sold it was the lack of leg room. Standing up was virtually impossible for me. had I been able to come up with a way to lower and slide a bit forward the pegs, I'd still have the bike.
    Skid plate is a must, there's an awful lot hanging out there to get bashed on. Certainly enough to leave you stranded somewhere even with a minor hit.
    I thought the seat was a bit pooh as well.
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  4. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    I like it! I've done some of the same things to my Speed Triple. TKC's are next after my Scorpion Syncs wear out. Check out ATV bars for higher bars than what MX bars are. Also Rox risers.
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  5. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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    Looks like a good start-

    The only thing I would really try to get right is the standing riding position which will be crucial

    A lot of people complain about the 17 inch front wheel but I put some shinko 244s on my wr250x with the 17 inch wheels and did the Continental divide trail and the UTBDR this summer without issue. I know it's a different bike, but I should still work fine. The steering is a little (ok a lot) slow but unless you are doing woods single track it should be fine.

    So - risers, higher bars and possibly fatter foot pegs and you should have a fun and capable dual sport mount.
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    Sv's are very capable once you figure out how to protect their belly and extend the fuel range.

    They are King for the weekend track boys (and girls).
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  7. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    This was my inspiration. Photo from the SV Rider's forum...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34068258@N02/7967573766/" title="beast by ag_streak, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8031/7967573766_fb7d661258_b.jpg" width="1024" height="613" alt="beast"></a>
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  8. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    Right on. Here's a couple pics from around Wickenburg Arizona.

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  9. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    That's AWSOME!!! :freaky

    Are those the Scorpion Sync's?
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  10. jon6.0

    jon6.0 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Yes they are. Great tires, but they are on track to be done at 3500-4000 miles on my rear. TKC 80's are next. The Scorpions even did ok in loose as hell moon dust. At least that's what I called the powdery dust that I was riding through. Just had to feather the clutch a bit in the deeper stuff.

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    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    qrider Enduro Adventurer

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  13. prince_ruben

    prince_ruben Long timer

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    Bad ass.
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  14. Buzztail

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    How much trouble would it be to swap a Vstrom 19" front wheel onto the SV? Seems like that would be the ticket.
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  15. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    I really couldn't say, about brake caliber spacing and such, but I'm pretty sure it's been done before!

    Even slicker would be a pair of WIRE wheels from Procycle! They are SV-specific hubs, so would bolt right on. And I e-mailed Carl at Procycle to ask if the front could be swapped to a 19" rim, and they said NO PROBLEM, and NO EXTRA CHARGE! :deal

    http://procycle.us/bikepages/sv650.html

    OK, they're $1,600 bucks for the pair, but the cool factor would be off the charts! :freaky


    HELLO PAUL,,
    YES, WE CAN MAKE YOU A 19/17 WHEEL SET FOR YOUR SV650.
    NO CHANGE IN THE PRICE.
    YOU CAN CALL US TO PLACE THIS ORDER, SO WE CAN GET THIS SPECIAL SET FPR YOU.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME,, CARL.
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  16. Buzztail

    Buzztail NMBBMFBK

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    I was thinking more along the likes of a KLR friendly type of mod :lol3

    I could see a set of $1600 spokes down the road on this '12 DL650 I just bought, but not on anything "Poor Man" rated..
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  17. waterboybueche

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    BAD ASS indeed. I have been thinking about this too.

    Coming from a KLR and wanting a better street usage, I thought about this too... kinda a cheaper Wee!!!

    Good job man!
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  18. bmccurdy

    bmccurdy n00b

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    I had a 2001 Yamaha FZ-1 that I used to ride dirt roads with all the time, it was quite stable even up to 70 on gravel section lines. I have since had a 2007 V-Strom 650 and a 2007 KLR 650. I think that a 17 inch front is completely fine for most riding, and since the TKC can now be had in a 17, if I still owned the Yamaha it would cover about 90% of the riding i usually do. Most bikes can be ridden just about anywhere, a person just has to be honest with how he thinks he will really be riding, in my own humble opinion.
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    bmccurdy n00b

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    Great bike by the way, have always been a fan of the SV line, 1000 and 650, and that 650 in particular is a gem!
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  20. Ogre_fl

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    I will bet you those RAD hubs used for the SV wheel sets are the exact same ones for the DL650 strom and both wheels are interchangeable between the SV and DL.

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