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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Dalmatino, Feb 3, 2011.
One here, '03 Naked. Stuck on a double head light like a Speed triple, set of CF Yosh's, Buell pegs, and an S model chin spoiler. Along with a set of Heli-Bar risers, very comfortable and quick bike.
Thnx...need get around to painting that front wheel black before spring.
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07 SV1k here too. I have the all black model. Did a 04 GSXR 750 fork conversion and added Givi bags w/ a Superbike bar kit. Great bike.
I am seriously lusting for a SV1000N, and have been for a long time.
Right now they're going kinda cheap here (not that much more than a SV650), and I'm really tempted, but I know nothing about those bikes and I've never ridden one.
What are the pro's/cons of the naked SV1000?
I just love the thought of riding a big v-twin. I'd love to own something like an aprilia RSV Mille (since i'm very passionate about aprilia), but it's much more expensive than the SV.
I've only had SV650 and SV1000 to compare in the sport bike world. I've ridden a lot of cruisers. The SV1k has a lot more guts then the 650. It's quicker then anything I'll ever need. It handles really well. It's all I'll ever really need in a sport tourer other then a passenger support.
The only complaints I hear is comfort. I fixed my problems by going to upright bars, not a problem on the N model. Outside of that, it should be a good reliable bike with gobs of torque.
These things have a ridiculous engine in them. I had a short 10 month relationship with mine. Terrible suspension and brakes, I should kept it and bought better brakes and suspension for it.
But man that engine...top speeds near 160mph, no kidding. That thing just screamed. And even new they didn't sell well so you could pick up a brand new one for $6500-7000 after letting them sit in the showroom for a couple years.
I did the Yoshi 3/4 TRC system (NLA now) and a power commander, but it wallowed like crazy in the turns and always spun the rear wheel if you even came close to the paint.
The only thing I'd change on my current Superduke is to give it the top end of an SV1000S.
Think of it as a "Sucati" monster.
I never found the brakes on my N model to be anything less than great. There are plenty of fixes for the suspension, which is actually more than adequate for anything up to 8/10s. To me the seat is the worst part.
The pros are a killer motor with power everywhere in the power band, great sound, smooth engine with just enough vibes to let you know it's there. Maintenance? Change the oil. No ridiculously short valve adjustment sequence as on the Italian bikes
By installing the Buell foot pegs you drop them about an inch (2.5cm) and then add Heli-Bar risers to bring them up and back and you have a touring quality position, except for that F**King seat. There are aftermarket fixes for that too.
I had a SV650 which handled better in the tight stuff and was a lot of fun, but the amazing rush from the 1000cc engine cannot be denied!
I've never met anyone who had one that was unhappy with it. Go for it!
Just sold my '07. Great bike!
I have an 03 SV1000n. I absolutely love, love, love this bike. Consdering that they cost about as much as an SV650, why NOT go for the liter SV?
I bought mine with 16,000 miles on it and have put about 12,000 on it over the past seven months.
I haven't had a single mechanical issue with it and find it extremely comfortable ergonomically. I routinely do 350 mile sporty rides in the mountains and feel great at the end of the day. It's got the perfect amount of a power for a street bike, imo.
The only downsides: It's not the flashiest looking bike out there. Very subdued and conservative looking, which you may or may not like. Also, the suspension seems to wallow a bit (under-damped? not sure) when cornering at high speeds but this isn't really much of an issue on public streets... for me anyway. It's a very simple bike. No ABS, no traction control, no heated grips or other features.
But they got a lot of things right: smooth fueling, great transmission, nice light clutch, very nice torque curve, great riding position. I use it for one-up sport touring with soft panniers and it's fantastic. It's also great in urban traffic (narrow and light) and doesn't overheat on hot summer days in the city.
racetech springs and a zx6 shock fixed any of my suspension issues. the thing rocks and i got it otd for cheap in early 08. nothing out there like it. vtwin soul + japanese reliability + every day ergo's + CHEAP to buy and insure make it near perfect for me.
will find a pic.
not mine but its a nice one
FUN bike. I'd like to see one with upright ergos, ABS, belt drive and a larger tank. I'd have a hard time not buying it.
It's funny, I get a jones for another bike and I start researching. I love the 919, will love the cb1000r, speed triple, ducati ms1200 and several other bikes. Usually I get the jones when I am not riding much due to weather, injury or whatever. Then I get back on the sv and realize why I bought it in the first place. All those are great bikes but the svks is just about the perfect combination for me at this stage of my life. The only thing I wish it did better was ride on gravel or dirt a little better... like a ms1200.
When I have to replace it, I will be looking for something with a soul, something fast, versatile, comfortable and reliable. In a word, something a whole lot like what I have now.
I have buell pegs on it, which makes a big difference in comfort and would like to do a new seat and riser conversion, which would make it uber-comfortable. In so doing, I will switch brake and clutch lines to stainless and get better brake pads. Maybe by summer I will get around to those mods. I also need to have my rear shock rebuilt, but have a zx10 shock to use while I have the zx6 showa unit redone.
People who have ridden a well sorted svk generally love it. And I get great attention for it most (non-harley) places I go b/c it's respected as a nice, adult oriented sportbike that sounds amazing.
I own it's sisters. The TL1000R and the v-strom 1000. I think that the sv series are good solid bikes. Of course I think highly of the 996 twin motor these bikes come with. I find the engine to be quite reliable with a nice amount of torque right where you want it.
I had considered getting one when I was looking for the TLR. But less than a week after I decided I wanted a TLR a co workers friend put it up for sale. Less than a week after that it was mine. I admit it was a little impulsive but I don't ever regret buying it. But I think if I had bought an sv instead I'd be just as happy riding it as I am with the TLR, being similar flavors.
This is my third one....all they need is a decent shock in the back and have the front forks revalved and resprung and they will handle as good as anything else out there on the street.
I went with the 06 Gixxer 1k front forks because they are from the wheel up 6lbs lighter than SVs, which were bent from the crash.
With the open air box, BMC filter, full M4 and dyno tuning she's healthy 121 @ the wheel and 78 ft lbs of torque. Torque curve is as flat as Saskatchewan.
Out of 2nd 3rd and 4th gear corners on the back roads thers nothing that will walk away from me and I've been up against Ducs and # of other 1liter bikes...Yes the riders were same level abilities...@ the fast flowing track, is another story...
Here's Pics of the other 2 which ware identical 03s...current 06 with the exact same work done as on the 03, is defenately a faster bike do to changes made in 05 to the motor.
The other 03
Oh yea I forgot about my 362lb (wet with half a tenk of fuel) 80hp @ the wheel SV650