The Official SV Thread... SV650

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

  1. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    Pic?
  2. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Boom! By all reports, the sv doesn't like high hp. At least, that's what the webz would have us believe.

    It's just geezered up with a windshield, tank and tail bag right now. Nuthin special. For day to day use, I'd like to have an sv with a wee nose/tank. But in 100% seriousness mine will become track only and I'll end up with an 800gs or some other overgrown dirtbike as my traveler.
  3. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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  4. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    Posting a pic just because everything is better with pichers.

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  5. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    That is one sweet whip. nasty bugger looks like it's going 90mph just standing still.
  6. Hohmie

    Hohmie Been here awhile

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    Waiting for it to warm up a bit and then heading out to try my new three clicker Penske, I'm coming off of a ZX 14 shock which was a nice improvement but this should be as good as it gets once I get it dialed in.
    My forks with heavier springs will probably stink now but I think I may send those to TWF this winter for GSXR cartridges.
    I'll report back later with my findings.
    Woot!
  7. Hohmie

    Hohmie Been here awhile

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    Wow! This new shock is going to be nice. The extra ride height (10mm) seems to be the key. It's going to be a little work to get dialed in but it will be worth it.
    It eases my mind after saving up and selling a whole other bike to be able to afford it (and some other farkles) I think will be worth it.
    Gonna try and get my baseline set up closer but not get too carried away until I can take my forks to the next level budget depending.
  8. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Springs and emulators? That's not too pricey.
    10mm sounds like a ton of extra ride hight, although it probably won't adversely effect street handling, because the speeds shouldn't be that high. No wiggles in the front on the highway?

    It really sounds like a good excuse to do a couple trackdays, and maybe pay a suspension guy the fee for a clicker adj/ sag setup. You know, as research and stuff.
  9. max384

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    Lucky, lucky, lucky. I did a 1500 mile trip to Deal's Gap this weekend. On my way back, 30 miles from home, my chain broke going 80mph in the left lane passing an 18-wheeler! The chain didn't bind, the case isn't cracked (at least not upon initial inspection with a flashlight, and no oil is leaking), my leg didn't get shredded, and I was able to safely pull over into the shoulder. Thank goodness for good friends with trailers.

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  10. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
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    glad you're alright
  11. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    yeah, glad things worked out as well as they did, how many miles on the chain that broke?
  12. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Thanks guys.

    I got about 23,000 miles out of the chain. I'm quite disappointed in that though. Firstly, I added a Scottoiler right before installing this new chain, so that kind of mileage is mediocre at best. Secondly, I went from a 525 to a 530 chain/sprockets.

    In 23,000 miles, I only had to adjust the chain once, about two thousand miles ago. On my way home, about 200-300 miles before it broke, it started sounding 'crunchy' (you know, that sound it makes when it's time for a new chain). I stopped and checked the tension and looked for tight spots. Tension was pretty good, though a bit loose in spots, but wasn't terrible. Then it broke. It's odd how quickly it went from being just fine to breaking. I wonder if there was a defect in the chain?
  13. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    I have 29,000+ miles on mine now, it stil looks and feels good.

    It's amazing to me how many people on the SV forum only get in the high teens on their chains. :dunno
  14. Hohmie

    Hohmie Been here awhile

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    The track days are what brought me to this point, just getting started really.
    The extra/adjustable shock length is something I picked up on another SV forum, it still seems stable on the front but I have seen stabilizers on some SVs.
    Probably will find a suspension guy at some point, the place I purchased the shock offers that at some tracks.
  15. sloryder

    sloryder Been here awhile

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    From TrashCan, > "It's amazing to me how many people on the SV forum only get in the high teens on their chains."

    Whenever I see a bike parked at a store or gas station, I always walk over to it and look it over. Of the dozens of sport bikes I has looked at, I have not come across ONE that had any lube on the chain. Some were even dry and rusted. I mentioned to two of the riders who worked at my place of employment that their chains would last longer with some lube. One gave me a puzzled look and said, "you have to lube those" ? The other reassured me that "the chain comes already lubed." Whatever...
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  16. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Funny, learned chain maintenance from my dad, who since the 60's soaked his chain in kerosene and lubed with chain wax.

    Not sure it's that critical with modern o ring chains but I do try to keep them clean and oily
  17. Jocassee

    Jocassee Petrolhead

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    Is it OK that my 2002 with just shy of 30k miles is using a little oil? Not leaking that I can tell. At least not a drippy sort of leak. Not that I've looked that hard...it's filthy. But it's definitely disappearing somewhere.
  18. Yokomo

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    Mine will use oil too if I crack the rpms too much. No worries.
  19. socalktk

    socalktk n00b

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    Ive been on SV's since 08.. Did the whole commuting thing then canyons and then started doing trackdays, and now am racing them. Here are some of the pictures, Enjoy! #624

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    All the bikes are SV650's besides the Green kawi 650
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    A line of SV650 race bikes!
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    Riding with my new bodywork.. after my old fancy one was trashed in a crash! haha
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    I still love racing my 650, but have wanted to do dual sporting for awhile.. so I picked up a DR650! Enjoy guys.
  20. Jocassee

    Jocassee Petrolhead

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    Yah that would explain it, I tend to run it high some time. It's just that power band is so wide...:evil