The Official SV Thread... SV650

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

  1. sodapop

    sodapop Caffeinated

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    Calling me out? OK. No, I have not personally inspected a failed example.

    We all have different standards. Do what seems best to you.
  2. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    +1

    I know danimal knows his stuff but when it comes to this I'm more prudent. A drilled one probably won't fail. I probably won't crash on the way to work but I still wear my helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, etc. It's just, at what cost is it if it does fail?
  3. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    I simply filled the cavities on the bottom of the upper triple with epoxy resin after drilling for the bar risers.
  4. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    ehh. too late. i'm happy with my purchase.

    edit: everything on Ebay doesn't have all of what i got either.

    full triple tree
    front fender
    clean wheel with rotors/axle/bearings
    calipers/pads/lines/master/lever
    both front fork assemblies in decent shape (no leaks etc.)
    95% tread left Michelin Pilot tire
    rear "matching" shock
  5. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    Got my New Corbin seat in the mail today, It has 2" of extra Foam. Took it for a 100 mile jog this evening and was WONDERFUL :clap

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  6. pista

    pista Been here awhile

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    I ordered mine in December and asked for an additional 1" of height. They gave me all kinds of grief about modifying it based on how they spend time designing what is best, most comfortable, etc.
    They also said if I ordered it that way it was not covered by the warranty to send it back for modifications.
    They also told me not to get welting because they have a problem with tearing of the welt from use.

    At that point I had already ordered and submitted payment for my seat and basically was told to take it. They will never get my business again. I spent considerable effort lowering my pegs for more legroom and the Corbin I just got from them negated that.

    I plan on sending it back and getting it redone with the additional 1" I originally asked for. But that's extra screwing around and not having the seat on my bike. And at this point, I'm fully expecting them to give me the run around.

    May be a good seat, but the company absolutely doesn't deliver on customer service. Never will get a seat from them again. Why didn't I just get a Sargent?
  7. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    I had no problems with them at all. I call them asked them about 25 questions on designs and integrity, they answered them all very clearly and sounded like they knew what they were doing. I told Her my weight and height and told them I want 1" extra and She told me I can go up to 2". So that is what I did. She said nothing about it voiding the warrenty at all. It took over a month for the seat to arrive, was shipped and packaged well. The only thing that was wrong is that the Bracket on the seat that bolts to the bike was on backwards. I removed the bolts, flipped the bracket and with a lot of elbow grease got the holes lined up.
    I have heard a bunch of bad things about there customer service but I guess that it really depends on who you deal with. Sorry to here you are having problems with them. The lady I spoke with was Jennifer Rodriguez <jennifer@corbin.com> I sent her 1/2 a dozen emails and she got back to me with in a day. These are just my .02 cents


    Good luck with your seat
  8. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Corbin is notorious for having aweful Customer Service. They screwed up several seats for me before they got it right (mine is 1" over stock)

    At the time, Sergio was the guy to ask for.

    No other way to get a Corbin though. Mine still feels great with over 70,000 miles on it.
  9. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    Only 70,000 Miles. . . . I would expect so much more from you. :rofl
  10. pista

    pista Been here awhile

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    Glad I saved all my e-mails from them about voiding my warranty, the welts not holding up, etc. Just forwarded them to a supervisor there...
  11. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Had a Sargent for 30 thou or so before it. So there.

    It was torn in a spill pretty badly and rather than recover I tried the Corbin.

    BTW, I love the look of the profile on your 2" Corbin. Would love to see how that feels.
  12. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Adventure~Rugby

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    well next time you in VA. bring your ASS over . :rofl
  13. IanJ

    IanJ Criminal Mastermind

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    I'm plotting a trip through Europe this summer, and one of my options is to buy a used bike there and sell it at the end of the trip. I'd most likely aim for an SV650, but I've never owned one, so I was wondering if anyone who has one could help me with some theoretical questions about making an SV into a sport-tourer without a lot of effort. Specifically, about carrying luggage.

    I've toured extensively on my Ninja 250 by running a pair of straps across the passenger seat, between the uber convenient folding bungee hooks that the old model came with. Running fore-and-aft straps under these lateral straps, I was able to fasten a drybag, tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag. It was plenty secure, and required no mods to the bike. It also didn't flop around or melt to the pipes like soft panniers can, and I never worried about rain covers, because everything started out waterproof.

    In looking at an arbitrary SV (one of the early Curvy models), I didn't see a clear way to do anything like that. Should I be looking into a set of universal soft panniers? What about fastening roll items (tent, sleeping pad and bag)? Does the Pointy have better provision for carrying stuff on the passenger seat? Is there anything hiding under the seat (hooks or the like) that I wouldn't be able to see in pictures? I'm headed out to see a friend's Pointy model soon, but figured I would ask here, where someone might have experience with the kind of quick-n-dirty setup I'm talking about.
  14. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I've had great success using bungee cords and milk crate (on SV650s and Ninja 250):
    I used to travel 4-days a week, 35 mile-one-way, with 25 lb. backpack 7 other misc. items secure on my pre-gen SV650S.

    The milk crate allows plenty of other attachment points for other items

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    Combined with secured tankbag, you can carry a good amount of items without gaining width nor much weight:

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    Also used Ventura luggage with $35 horse panniers

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  15. IanJ

    IanJ Criminal Mastermind

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    Yeah, that's more or less what I do with my Ninja 250, although I've got a wire basket (like a locker basket) strapped to the back, as it fits a better with my bulk on the bike. :D Thanks for the pictures!
  16. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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  17. lytew8

    lytew8 Adventurer

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    Great Thread and great pictures.

    I'm currently looking for a 1st gen to make my own (switch to naked)
    Unfortunately, they are getting to be difficult to find and/or people want a fortune for them!

    I'm hitting on bikes with 40000miles for $3000~! Kinda nutso these owners, no?

    For $3500-4000$ I have a 2nd gen with only 5000miles, yet I'm stuck on the first gen body and ease of carbs,etc. Should I go 2nd Gen?
  18. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I tried a 2nd gen 2006 SV650S for little over 5k miles, I found the ride FI very abrupt, on/off throttle transition rather poor, ride quality of the edgy aluminum frame not as nice as the 1st gen.
    Gladius seems have have the FI and ride quality issues fixed from the 2nd gen SV. I really enjoyed it, if I didn't get laid off, I would have kept the Gladius vs getting another 1st gen. SV at less than $2k.
    You could still find 1st gen. SV at lower prices, just have to wait for the right time of year. Winter time the used market is slow, really hit or miss what you can find. Once the riding season starts, prices are likely to up.
    Expand your searches into neighboring states would help, if you are sure of what you want.
    Good luck
  19. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Hello everyone. I just stumbled upon this thread. I see there are several from svrider as well.

    I have an '09 SV650S that I've been converting into a more touring-oriented bike.

    Here's what I've done to it thus far:
    -Givi touring windscreen
    -Handlebar conversion. Naked bars on 2" riser clamps on drilled (oh, the horror!) S upper triple
    -Galfer stainless steel braided brake lines
    -Sonic Springs 0.90 kg/mm front fork springs with 15wt oil
    -12V DC power outlet
    -Dual fork-mounted ADVMonster LED auxiliary lights
    -Seahorse SE300 tank box
    -Dual Seahorse SE720 side boxes with SW-Motech racks
    -Givi E45NJ top box with SW-Motech top rack
    -2007 ZX14 rear shock
    -Rerouted rear turn signals
    -LED front turn signals
    -SpeedoDRD
    -aTRE
    -Galaxy S3 case with hardwiring kit
    -Shogun frame sliders
    -Buell lowering pegs
    -Gel grips
    -Homebrew skidplate
    -RK 530 X-ring chain with 16/45 JT sprockets (hopefull beefier = longer lasting!)
    -Scottoiler



    And now for a bit of picture whoring!

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  20. BobbyLee666

    BobbyLee666 Been here awhile

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    Just picked up a 2004 SV650 to replace my WeeStrom. Liked the Wee, but wanted something just a little bit sportier. Noticed that some folks had mounted a top box directly on the pillion seat. Like that idea, but can someone please be so kind as to take a picture of the way they mounted it, especially under the seat pan?

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