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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    sure you saw a picture of me running road attacks. I could show pictures of that bike wearing just about every sport touring tire except maybe the pilot road3 (have yet to try them, although the PR2s were awesome)
    My last two sets have been Continental Conti Motions. I really like the way they feel, very predictable, and I'm getting a bit over 6000 on the rears, which is fine for the cash outlay.

    I have used the Angels, Avon Storms, Pilot Roads, Road Attacks, Z6's and some crappy Bridgestones (dont remember the model but they sucked)

    For now I think the Conti Motion is the best value out there. I mount my own tires and use dyna beads.
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  2. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Now I see there's another long-running SV650 thread going here I feel stupid for starting this one!
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  3. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    I actually found that a LARGE tank bag is better than most windscreens. I've tried two different windscreens and both gave me a headache after an hour. My Rapid Transit Abrams tank bag takes all the wind off my chest, and it starts just below my helmet, not giving me any extra noise or head buffeting. It's quite perfect actually.
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  4. Murphy Slaw

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    Man....

    Is that one of the best engines in the history of motorcycles?

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  5. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    I think the Yamaha XZ550 motor takes that honor (except for it's propensity to fry stators)

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    If only Yamaha would have continued on with it.
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  6. WNDRLST

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    I've decided that I don't mind the wind on my chest; it's the push again my head on long 80-mph+ runs that wears me out. I do lay down on my tank bag for a change of angle when it gets to be too much. But my tank bag is definitely too small to deflect any air on its own. Maybe I'll pinch my BF's big tank bag this weekend and give your solution a try.
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  7. CvFactor

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    My 07 which I purchased new in 08. I have 31,000 miles on it now and I too plan on riding it until the engine gives out. In 09 I rode from Michigan to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, up through Utah, to Yellowstone and back home, 5000 miles in total. Its a great bike for touring.

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  8. PullingG's

    PullingG's What?

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    Posted this one on the other SV thread - but she does have her travelling clothes on. I have a '99 naked edition. Have taken it some weekend trips...great bike.

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  9. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Can I play with my SV1k Naked?
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    Seat comfort has prevented me from making this a sport touring bike. The Corbin doesn't work for me and the airhawk doesn't help much. Any other softer than Corbin seat options out there? (sorry for the hijack)
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  10. PullingG's

    PullingG's What?

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    I have spoken to some folks that like the Sargent seats for the SV. All a matter of preference. If I were to take mine on longer trips I would likely do that.
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  11. madisonreid

    madisonreid Long timer

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    Alaska Leather felt nice and worked very well. Here's my SV1000N


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    After a few mods...very capable for anything. :evil
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  12. Richago

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    I've had Conti Motions on mine for about 1500 miles and, from how the rear is wearing, expect over 6k. No weights at all, feel great up to 100 (I haven't been faster than that on them).

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  13. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    sure! SV1000's are welcome here! (in fact I would consider one for my next bike IF they either had a larger tank or got better mpg)

    When you order a saddle from Corbin you can ask for it to be modified at no extra charge, or else they send their "stock" configuration.
    After several fails from them, they finally got it right on my current saddle. I asked for it to be built 1" over their "stock" height. The extra foam has allowed a MUCH cushier indent, although it took several 1000 miles for it to soften up any. My current Corbin has over 60K on it and feels like home. I also rock a sheepskin cover on some long days of slab. I really don't like the sheepskin when riding twisties.
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  14. WNDRLST

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    I have an Alaskan Leather sheepskin on top of a stock seat. Does great (unless it gets soaked when you leave the bike out overnight in the rain, and then it's not so comfy).
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  15. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    I just got back from a two day trip though WV/MD/PA, etc and we really rode very hard at times, and this was AFTER the rear Conti Motion had right about 5000 miles on it.
    NOW the rear looks VERY funky with some strange raised leading edges on the side treads (I will take a good picture and post it tonight with some trip photos)
    So I will BARELY get 6000 out of the rear Conti Motion. It still feels pretty good and I experienced no weirdness due to this unusual wear, but may not go back to them in the Spring. I will most likely buy two sets of Mich Pilot Road 2's this Winter as everyone blows out their inventory.
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  16. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    So last weekend I took a two day ride through OH/PA/MD/and WV with a friend of mine Mike, who also rides a SV650.

    Here are a few pictures from our trip. I hope you all enjoy them.
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    Conti-Motion about fried after only 5800 miles
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    And I took this picture of the moon. Someone pointed out to me the apparent dome-topped UFO visible in the lower left of the sky. I did not see it when I took the picture!
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  17. madisonreid

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    DIGGIN the 04 :freaky
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  18. Jimmy the Heater

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    Thanks for the seat tips...will look into that!

    I can understand about the mileage/range limitation. I get REAL nervous beyond 150 miles on a tank. At least it's not as bad as a Superhawk :clap
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  19. lost1888

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  20. madisonreid

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    Yellow 04 again......:wink:
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