The Official SV Thread... SV650

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by disconnected, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    correct, the bungies are really not needed but they pull the case down and make it a little more sturdy. It works perfect and keeps the gear dry and adds as a nice little back support. :wink:
  2. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    half right. the ones in that thread are 05+. mine is an 03. slightly larger than the later ones, but also covers the turn signals. (which i assume they went to the later version to pop them on and off easier).
  3. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim Been here awhile

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    So where can they be bought either version?
  4. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    I cant help. Mine was on it when i bought it.
  5. The Killstar

    The Killstar Ted Simon Acolyte

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    Cheers gentlemen. My wife is wanting to get into riding and I have come across a copper 2003 SV650 for a bit more than $3000. How do you think this thing would perform as a starter bike? We don't have the kinda of money to get a 250 then move up, so I was looking for something not too intimidation that she could kinda grow into. I have another female friend that rides one and she loves hers.

    Thoughts on practicality and price?
    http://austin.craigslist.org/mcd/3586797989.html
  6. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    maybe the naked version would be easier for a beginner? it has more of an upright position that is easier when learning but even then the footpegs are rear mounted to a fair extent. the SV engine has a very nice flat power curve so no nasty surprises there.

    if she is learning to ride from scratch, i think a bike with a completely upright position would be better. and weight comes into it as well, if there was a 400 that had weighed substantially less than the SV then that's got to be good for a beginner too.
  7. discoganya

    discoganya Been here awhile

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    Has she ridden any bike before? MSF class? How about bicycles, mountain or road? It all depends on her level of comfort. I'd say for most people the SV650S is NOT a good first bike, but some people do manage to learn on it without any major incidents. A test ride should help.
  8. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Personally I'd go for a 2004 and up as the 2003 is an odd ball year when it comes to some things. It was a transitional year that bridged a gap between the gen 1 and 2. For my area the price is about right but on the high side. If you do get it I'd offer 2800 maybe 2850 tops.
  9. JGNC

    JGNC Been here awhile

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    If you got an early 2000's Ninja 250 at a decent enough price you could get your money back out of it in six months to a year. Might lose a few hundred but it will be a much better bike to learn on. Just my. 02.

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  10. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I would like to add that I wouldn't reccommend starting on a sv650 either.
  11. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    This point is brought up as if it's a "problem". It's not.
    Only real change was to lower subframe in 2004, so the saddle, side panels and rear fender assembly is different.
    I prefer the taller tail on the 2003 myself.
    Also, the 2003 taller subframe is steel. 2004 up, aluminum.
    Try repairing aluminum on the road.
  12. Thumper996

    Thumper996 Been here awhile

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    I had heard there were crank issues with the 2003
  13. Thumper996

    Thumper996 Been here awhile

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    I disagree with some of the other comments. My wife learned on SV650S, If your wife is fairly short she may be better in the N model with bars or do a bar conversion on the S model like I did. The engine and torque curve are perfect for a new rider and by far easier to ride that a small CC single or twin and easier than having to teach them how to keep a 600 inline rev'ed up.
  14. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I would certainly recommend the sv over an inline 4 600cc sport bike
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    Thumper996 Been here awhile

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    sodapop Caffeinated

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    Cheers. The SV is not a fickle monster, but it will get you in big trouble quickly if you don't know what you are doing. Does she have any motorcycle experience at all? If not, consider a street legal dual sport. Depreciated ones hold their value well and replacement parts are cheap. After she's been complaining for a few months about how slow it is on the top end, get her an SV.

    I got my wife a TTR 125 to learn on. She still wound up in the ER. Good luck!



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  17. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    I beat the living snot out of the original motor in my 2003 SV. Replaced it at 108,000 miles because of worn valve guides/oil consumption. Still was running well.
    That 2003 had it's first valve check at 72,000 miles and they were still in spec,:huh

    Low miles 2006 motor slotted in for under $400.
  18. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    I disagree about learning on an sv. I learned on my sv. 10k miles and no Issues. Only thing I ever rode before the msf class was a metro scooter. I also have an 03 and its been great. Just take the msf class and take your time.
  19. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Smart move, I turn profit every time I buy/sell a Ninja 250... (SV650, too for that matter); as your riding skill improves, Ninja 250 is just about all you'll ever need for public roads.
  20. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim Been here awhile

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    I'd buy the SV as her first bike. Put on the LSL tubular bar kit, a loering link and have at it.