SV650 Adventure (AKA franken bike)

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by elgato gordo, May 28, 2012.

  1. elgato gordo

    elgato gordo KTMRFS

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    Yes but a DL would make more sense. The pegs are in the right place and there are a lot of aftermarket skid plate, center stand and racks. Only thing a DL does not have is the extra HP of the SV. These mods would work great on a DL if you could find one at a good price.
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  2. Ditch

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    Looking good Gordon, but I wonder about the shape of the rack at the rear of the seat. Looks like it could be painful if it caught you in the tail at an inopportune moment.
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  3. elgato gordo

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    Yup may be a bit painful.:eek1
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  4. Ditch

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    So how was it on the trip? Did you ever change the foot peg location?
    Are you ready for a smaller bike ride?
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  5. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Not the Messiah

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    Maaate, what a build!
    I used to have an SV and am drooling at the thought of grunting along a dirt road with that little sixfiddy on the power.

    In fact, I sold my SV to buy a 1200 GS. Shouldn't have bothered, eh? Coulda just done the conversion that you've done...
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  6. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    lovin this thread.
    have you thought about dropping pegs for standing?
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  7. elgato gordo

    elgato gordo KTMRFS

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    Last month I rode with a bunch of folks from the ABQ area on an epic ride to Las Vegas, NV and back. Here is the ride report and a few pics from my POS camera.

    Found the bike worked very well considering it started out life as a crotch rocket. The foot pegs are OK and not as bad as I feared. Moving them seems to be a bunch of work due to relocating the brake and shift levers. It was a little work chasing those pesky 690's but it did well in all but the big fields of baby heads. The wind shield helped on the longer road sections. All in all pretty happy with the mods so far.

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  8. ADVRadu

    ADVRadu Adventurer

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    Dude, I am so so very impressed with what you have done to your SV.
    Big congrats!
    I wish I had your skills to do something similar to mine...First I wanted to go for an F800GS or Tiger 800 XC...but since they are something like a computer network on two wheels and can fail so miserably, I'm thinking of sticking with something old and good (like my carb'd '99 SV) for any 'adventure' riding. I'd have gone for a Transalp too, but the extra weight, combined with the lack of power and lack of a 6th gear make it a no-no for me.
    Can I send you my SV via DHL, you mod it and send it back to me? :lol3 (just joking)
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  9. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello big cat,
    that's by far the nicest Strom I've seen up to this moment (I do know that it's a SV!). There's not much more I think that could be done. Maybe a relocation of the foot-pegs (I presume it's not so hard to do) and a front fender off a Super Moto (would be a better match to the line of the wheel). What I would try if it was mine: fitting some kind of rallye-fairing and cockpit because of my enthusiasum for rallye-(Dakar-)-bikes.
    And what about a 19-inch front-wheel? With a 90 or 100 mm-tyre instead of a 120 ...
    Btw, as said at other places before in this forum (without a real answer for me up-to-date): I never understand how you American boys manage to ride these fat front-tyres in the dirt and sand. And this dates back to the ole days of the Triumph 'Trophybirds' and the Norton Atlas Scramblers!!! Here in Europe, we ride 21 inch wheels with narrow tyres - also since the ole days. And I found out the hard way on our single cylinder Suzuki 400 (road-bike!), that changing it's tyres from original 3.60 - 18 and 4.60 - 16 to 90/90 - 18 and 120/90 -16 changed it's ability of riding on deep sand from very nice and stable to rather nervous and instable. Those mm-tyres are slightly (but visible) fatter than the original inch-tyres. But maybe, the only answer to this question is to experience your American choice of tyre-dimension by myself on a bike that's set up this way and usually is ridden to full satisfation by one of you guys.
    Kind regards from Germany and much admiration for your work so far, Bambi
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  10. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    Gordan ,
    Thanks,for sharing your great work ! With body weight and bags added together ,what would the total be . Trying to get a feel for springing on my copy of the ElGato 650 ,hope that I can get anywhere near yours.


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  11. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Nice work! It's always a pleasure to see people engaged in creative problem solving to produce something they want, but no factory seems to offer.

    I have a DL1000 and wish it were basically exactly what you've built.

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  12. elgato gordo

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    Roadracer, thanks for the comment. I'd say the DL1000 will be a real beast with mods like this, they have a lot more power. Should be fun!

    Just put mine up for sale in the Flea Market. Really have a lot of fun doing the work and the riding is just the gravy.

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  13. elgato gordo

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    Bambi

    I agree the foot pegs would be nice but have not gotten around to it. The tire choice was really driven by my cheap nature so I put tires on that fit the rims. It's not too bad in sand for a big girl, just keep the speed up and stay on top. The Dakar look would be cool, there are a couple of units made over in the EU that are good value seem like mounting could be straight forward.

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  14. elgato gordo

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    Pennswooded
    I put the bike at about 420 with out fuel or bags, maybe another 20 lbs of gear loaded on the long trip. I'm about 190 lbs in street cloths. The spring force needed can change a lot with change in the suspension ratio (leverage).



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