Touring on the SV650

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Ohio_Danimal, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Jerry, that fairing looks kickass. Is that the Japanese one?
  2. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    I think Lola and Blue need to meet :beer
  3. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Can I have the runt...:evil
  4. Roxyig

    Roxyig Adventurer

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    It would be a beautiful bike! I am hoping to make a ride or two if you guys plan some. Last yr my rides consisted of the 2 hour round trip loop to work and back. A couple of "happy" rides around this area but nothing I would consider a great ride. We are in the midst of a winter storm right now .... will winter ever end.
  5. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Maybe you can show me around the UP.

    I have to admit that I have avoided the Michigan/Wisconsin area for many years, after some exploratory stuff there in the 80's. Mostly have headed South/Southest into twisty roads in PA, WV, TN, KY etc.

    I do remember there being some beautiful roads along the lakes. I was thinking of a weekend that way in the Spring.:freaky
  6. blue72beetle

    blue72beetle Look at my Wee

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    Well there is nothing exciting in Indiana.

    Maybe southern Indiana.
  7. Gadget Girl

    Gadget Girl Been here awhile

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    Wow. Just happened across this thread. Not many first gens. I love my naked '00! He's my spare/track bike most of the time now. He served several years as my main ride though. We rode all over the GA/NC/SC/TN area. 500 miles a day for most weekend rides. If the roads were all twisties it was less but not by much. I love the stock seat on that bike! It was plenty comfortable for 1K in 24 (can't call it an Iron Butt because I never turned in the darned paperwork :cry ). A large tail bag was just right for a weekend getaway and with heated jacket liner and gloves I enjoyed riding year round here in GA.

    Ahhh, the memories! Thanks for starting this thread. :ricky


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  8. Lloyd Xmas

    Lloyd Xmas n00b

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    I haven't done any long trips yet (SV is my first bike), but am looking to start pretty soon. First things first though, the suspension on my '99 naked is badly in need of an upgrade. I have an 05 zx6r shock that I plan to install in the next couple of days, and then it's on to the front end.

    I will be traveling about 250 miles (roundtrip) next weekend to purchase some forks with racetech emulators already installed. I would really like to make the trip on my SV, as there are some beautiful stretches of road along the way, but I don't know if that's even possible. Can a pair of SV fork tubes be safely secured to the back of the bike using webbing/ratchets/rope/bungees? Or should I just suck it up and drive the car?

    And a pic just because! :D
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  9. mg66

    mg66 Touring since 1976

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    Personally I would suck it up and drive the car. Doesn't seem very practical to take the bike.
  10. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Same here.
  11. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    We're back!!!


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  12. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Here's a picture of my buddy wearing a pair of new tires for a 2 hour ride home
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    (BTW, I'd take the car)
  13. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    ^^^ :lol3
  14. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Can you not just buy the emulators and drop them in your forks?
  15. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    So my guess is that at least two weeks of steady rain are needed to wash NE Ohio's roads free of the crazy amount of salt.
    Seems that every time we have a mild Winter, local authorities go nuts and blow their salt wad at the slightest hint of frozen water falling from the sky.
    Fucking piles of salt sitting at most intersections....uggghhh

    So...Spring IS coming (and a hearty FUCK YOU to all those in warmer climes currently riding ...you too Randy, riding the VStrom all Winter) so I figured I'd better wrap up the Winter farkling.

    Morimoto HID projectors are installed and working fine. GOD left the lights on kind of light, and saved 40 precious watts on the SV's taxed charging system to power all the other crap I'm running.


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    4300 K Bi-Xenon 35W with the gate down (low beam)
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    And the high beams (still looks a bit blue like 6000K)
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    And of course, the obligatory warm weather-touring on the SV pic

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  16. discoganya

    discoganya Been here awhile

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    I recently tried out a Targa windshield on my curvy 2002 SV650:

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    The Targa is huge! It blocks out a fair bit of wind and freeway riding is much more comfortable. I am 6' 2" and clean air hits my helmet; there is no buffeting.
  17. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    That thing is huge! Haha. Bet it does work well though.
  18. precarious

    precarious Been here awhile

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    Guess you left already, but take the bike. Wrap the forks to protect them and strap 'em down. I've transported tires, lumber, firewood, even furniture on two wheels. You just have to think about your tiedown points. Give it a shake. If it feels tight, it's probably good to go.
  19. Niles

    Niles Riding >> Typing

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    You're not kidding about the salt. The lights look great!

    After reading everyone's collective advice I copied what you did and picked up an '07gsxr front end. ($500 all in, included a rear wheel I won't use) Once I decide on some clip ons it's time to throw that and a rear shock on the bike and wait for the salt to clear. It is officially spring, now the weather just has to catch up.
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  20. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    LOL that you mention the rear wheel. That's one of the changes I just did getting ready for Spring.

    Got rid of the stock rear wheel, and now have a matching GSXR rear. The spacer kit from Twin Works Factory fits perfectly and installation is easier than the stocker because the spacers have the edges radiused.

    Advantages:

    A bit lighter
    Matches front
    180 tires are SO common that I will have less problems finding good rubber on sale, or when needing a tire on a long trip
    180 tires normally give 2000+ more miles that their 160 counterparts.

    Only issue was getting the rear hugger made for the SV to fit the wider wheel.