The Official SV Thread... SV650

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

  1. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    The seller, an inmate, lowered it with links. Gave me the stock ones in a box. But it's only lowered an inch, so I'm still thinking that rearsets are in order.

    Also, thanks for the links to woodcraft & svracingparts.
  2. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Here's the caveat....
    That sv has the potential to be one of the best handling chassis you'll ever ride, if you get her suspended right. Stock links should
    Definitely go back on, and if it hasn't been sprung/have an aftermarket shock, start saving. It's truly worthwhile for the platform. Buy used over on svrider and you can sell it off for damn near what you payed for it later on...
    .02 and all that stuff, but that sv corners REALLY well when set up correctly.
  3. max384

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    Are the front forks lowered in the triples as well? If you're 6'3" and have the original links, I can't think of a good reason NOT to take it back to original. Rearsets aren't going to help you with a lowered bike. Bikes are lowered at the suspension. Your seating position will remain unchanged whether it is lowered or not. Rearsets will change your seating geometry, but most (actually all) of the rearsets I'm familiar with are made to make it a more aggressive foot position AFAIK, which won't help you with comfort one bit.

    I guess I'm a bit curious as to what you're hoping/expecting to gain from putting on new rearsets. Are you turning this into a track bike or something where you're worried about scraping your rearsets in the corners?
  4. Chisenhallw

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    Actually, yeah, the theory is that I will spend this winter getting it farkled properly, and then it will see track duty in the spring/summer. Until then, this bike will be my city bike & twisty-carver (I live in metro Baltimore & the appalachians aren't far away).

    The *height* isn't too bad for me, but my legs are definitely curled up too much. In my quest to get this one ready for the track, I'm ready to leave no nut unturned on this bike, so any advice you have (like a suspension setup) :evil will be closely listened to & appreciated.

    I'm a big-time lurker over at SVrider.
  5. fishheadAZ

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    If the stock rearsets don't bother you functionally, then just get the svrp adjustable plates. You can then mount them upside down on the opposite sides so they go back and down instead of back and up. That'll give you more seat to peg distance. Then just flip them to the correct sides for track days.

    As for suspension, I have sonic springs, and traxxion damper rods and emulators in the front and a Penske double clicker in the rear. It works great!
  6. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    That's brilliant. Thanks for the tips!
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    Yeah, this is pretty much all you need to RACE an sv.
    Springs/emulators/Penske. Actual race rearsets&sliders are nice in the event of an off, but it requires some muscle memory for the street. I have a buddy who is a big feller himself, and he runs woodcraft rearsets with those plates mentioned above, and does real well with them. That might be the setup for your height.
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    Right in line with vortex and sato. There ARE cheaper, but good luck finding parts when you need them.

    Trackside support is important when choosing track parts.

    Ps: I have the black woodcrafts on my bike. Sexxxxy.

    Edit: they'll pay for themselves in one crash.
  10. OConnor

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    +1 Don't even touch the motor, suspension first.
  11. PeteN95

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    I raced a '99 SV650S and had no problem with clearance on the stock pegs and I'm 6'6"/ 225lbs. This was with the stock shock too, mostly cause I was broke.
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    Well at least you could drown out the engine noise by pressing your knees over your ears. :huh How did you ride like that?
  13. pckopp

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    Hi Pete!

    Thanks for the chart. (I made it bigger.)

    It looks to me like the external reservoir on the ZX shock will interfere at the top on my 04 SV650. Not a problem with the SV1K? Several on fleabay for cheap at the moment.

    Thanks!
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    My legs aren't that long and it wasn't really a problem:

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    Hi Phil, I'm running an '06 ZX6 shock and it fit pretty easy, just rubs the tool box a bit. I also have a '05 ZX10 shock you can have if you want, PM me.
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    Love the look of those leathers. :thumb
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    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Yeah. Tons of street cred. Badass.
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    Thanks, but they never were used on the street! :D I can attest to the fact that Vanson makes some very burly leathers!
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    Well they've definitely seen pavement once.

    I have a pair of vanson gloves I've crashed in more times than I care to admit, and aside from some scuffing and fading from use, they'll still HOLD up for a few more.
    I gotta go back there and see what they have hanging on the used (cheap) rack.
  20. PeteN95

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    Many times, but only track pavement. Barnacle Bill also makes very thick and tough leathers, which is my current set. It is one place I don't skimp.