The Official SV Thread... SV650

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

  1. shephurd

    shephurd n00b

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    I'm looking to purchase an SV650 with a GSXR front end.

    https://nashville.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2005-suzuki-sv650/6396409260.html

    I would really prefer to ride an sv with riser bars instead of clipons. Are there any off the shelf Upper Triples for a gsxr that can accept riser bars? I want to avoid drilling into the upper triple. I have seen gsxrs with dirtbike style bars but when I search for an upper triple I have a hard time finding anything.
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  2. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer

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    Search for "GSXR LSL Handlebar Conversion" Its a complete kit including a new triple clamp.
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  3. CreatureCore

    CreatureCore Been here awhile

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    Like it was said lsl makes conversions for the gsxr and sv. If you keep the sv front end you could choose instead to get cartridges put into the stock forks.
  4. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 FZ1

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    What do you all think of the new SV? Porky but a looker?
  5. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer

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    A fine machine with a great well known engine. A ridiculous exhaust can. Rough to compete against the FZ07 though.
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  6. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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    Last Tuesday I picked up a 2000 model SV650 with 119,000km on the clock and it runs great. Been looking for a cheap one for over 12 months. I bought it thinking I'd just fit my spare SV engine into it but no need as yet. I think this is the perfect middle of the road bike and it handles the dirt roads around here fine. Only problem is my older knees don't like the tight seat/peg position but I still think it's a keeper. Light nakeds are a lot of fun. Danmoto muffler makes it sound awesome but it's too loud so I've made up a temporary baffle until I figure out what to do.

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  7. shephurd

    shephurd n00b

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    First Bike. Got an excellent deal on this 16K mile bike.

    2006 SV650. Aftermarket handlebars, frame sliders and Yoshi Exhaust.

    Rear Brake feels like mud and wont return so I will bleed brakes and see if that fixes the problem. If not I will have to rebuild the caliper. Will be replacing the chain and sprockets this winter as well as fresh fluids.
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    aCab Been here awhile

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    flinders_72 Long timer

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  10. rockt

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    Yeah, I admire people who can think outside the box and create exactly what they want. You could ask why not just get a V-Strom but I'm guessing this is way lighter, with better suspension. Won't be everyone's cup of tea but to the person that wants it and buys it, they'll be getting a good deal - he's got way more into it than $2995.
  11. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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  12. jamesm113

    jamesm113 Adventurer

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    Been reading bits and pieces of this thread. I've had a fully faired 2006 SV650s for the past 5 years that's been sitting on and off the past 2 years. Has never given me any problems other than a dead battery from sitting. It has 7.8k miles and I've owned it since 1.8k. Suspension is sprung for my weight, with the racetech emulators in the front and the ZX14 shock in the rear. TPS mod, and the timing retard eliminator have been done, so it's a very smooth throttle response now. Tires are Conti motions with about 3k on them. Moto sliders on both the frame and swingarm.

    I've been thinking about going on adventure ride, up and down the west coast. I've never done anything like this before, but I'm at a good time in my life to do this and I figure the street bike I already own and know is probably the best bet. Problem is, I know nothing about adventure riding, and nothing about street bike ergos. I'm a very experienced backpacker/camper and an experienced dirt biker though.

    Longest ride I've done on the SV before has probably been 350 miles each way, through Big Sur. I replaced the seat with a sargent, although I don't find it a huge improvement. My legs do get cramped on extended rides, and I've noticed my hands hurt a lot, but that might because the bilt gloves I wear are too small. I'm 5' 10".

    I'd also need a way to carry cargo. I could bring most of my backpacking gear, so not much storage is needed for camping stuff - maybe 40L of backpacking gear and clothes? Any tips or pointers on what fits this bike well would be appreciated.
  13. rockt

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    Lots of luggage options for sport-type bikes. Probably one of the "stiff but soft' styles would be best. Just make sure to protect paint underneath, (3M clear tape stuff or some-such).

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    But the real challenge will be sorting out the ergonomics to suit YOU best. I don't know how old you are, but unless you're a teenager, those low bars might cause some pain after successive long days in the saddle, (my old neck hurts just thinking about it :lol2). There are kits to raise the stock clip-ons or you can convert to regular handlebars and go higher. You could also us the footpeg plates from the N model to give you a bit more legroom. I'm not an expert in any of this re SV's, so spend some time on Google, or get on an SV specific forum, or hopefully some others out here who've done these mods will chime in. Good luck.
  14. jamesm113

    jamesm113 Adventurer

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    I'm 30, so yah, I think the bar height will be an issue for me too:-)
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    My wife and I have used our GIant Loop Coyote bags on our SV bikes as well, we may sell our saddle bags and tail bags and just use the GL stuff.
    Might be something to consider if you buy more of an adventure style bike in the future.
    Coyote bags are 39 liters if I remember correctly.
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  16. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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    First thing I'd do in your position is to get a larger sized pair of gloves to see if they're really the issue. As above, I reckon the Giant Loop bags would suit the bike for 39/40l.
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  17. appliance57

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    rok straps and a cheap waterproof duffle should get you rolling. If you want fancy, check out moskomoto. you want cheap and cheerful: https://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Tek-Dry-Waterproof-Duffel/dp/B003818CJO The large will be sufficient.

    If your hands are cramping, get grip puppies or something to make the grips thicker.

    The trick to a long ride, is after the first day of 350 miles, do another until you have to tun around. You're a camper so you have half the job done. Otherwise, tire repair kit, Lithium jumper , spare headlight bulb, and few odd tools and you're on the way.
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  18. Elle2Konsai

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    Holy thread Resurrection batgirl! I know, I know, I'm guilty but thought I could share some first-hand experience.

    I picked up a 2017 recently and also once owned and rode a 2007 650S so I'm at least a little familiar with SV's. Before buying it though I spent a lot of time weighing the pros and cons, going over reviews, with a grain of salt of course, for all the big 4 middleweight naked bikes...FZ-07, SV, z650, and even the cb650f & the cb500.

    Parallel twins, the amazing FZ motor with it's novel firing order excepted, just don't excite me and I already have an R3 if I want to experience a fun sewing machine on 2 wheels.

    Taking a ride on the fz I found the motor to be a bit stronger than the sv in the midrange and down low and on par up top. The yamaha definitely shows its lighter weight below 10mph where you can feel the extra mass of the SV. It also has a very different personality than the suzuki where to me, riding it around, I felt like if I wasn't pulling a power wheelie off of every light that I was riding the bike wrong....

    Suffice to say it has a real hooligan personality and the more you ride it that way, the funner it gets.

    I suspect I'm younger than many of the other inmates but the big reasons I opted for the SV could be boiled down to these....

    The bug like, transformers look of the FZ just isn't remotely appealing and i find it rather ugly. The XSR700 on the other hand, I thought looked sharped but that was even more expensive than the FZ. I value performance but life is too short to live with an ugly bike to my eyes. Call me superficial, I can take it :)

    The other factor which stood out is cost. I got the SV for $1k less than the best deal I could find on the FZ. Ditto with insurance where all the quotes I had were a good bit less. Mind you this last point says more about insurance company categorizations but ultimately I'm still on the hook for paying it. So all told in the first year I saved $1500 by buying the SV.

    That will buy some nice luggage, a track day hopefully, a new helmet, and leave some $ left over.

    The brakes and suspension on the SV also seemed a little better than the FZ but I realize they are both budget setups and for serious use upgrades are prudent. It was also a little better on the highway where the greater mass and shape of the bike along with the factory mini-screen kept it steadier and with less noise than I got on the FZ.

    Truthfully new SV really is best thought of as an updated but rebranded/rebadged gladius and suzuki I suspect, realized that the SV name carries a lot more love than the outcast the gladius always was.

    I love the classic look with the beautiful frame, the timeless front headlight, and the paint scheme. True the exhaust is huge but that's the reality of modern emissions standards in many cases.

    Comparing it to my recollections of the '07 SV and it feels like an evolution being better in every way by an incremental amount. The motor sounds great with surprisingly satisfying sound, better than the old SV (FYI: I keep my exhausts stock in general and dislike loud bikes), while having a bit more power, say 10% just about everywhere in the powerband.

    Anyway I wanted to love the FZ and on paper it was everything I wanted but I never connected with the bike at an emotional an aesthetic level. For me the SV is that old friend or flame who is a little smarter, a bit funnier, more sensitive, and funner than you remember that sways you away from the shiny, new hip person and even better, you can pick up right where you left off with the SV.

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  19. rockt

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    Great write-up, thanks for sharing. I too dislike the transformer styling of the FZ and other modern Japanese bikes. Hopefully that will change with the warm reception of the new Kawasaki Z900RS, and as you mentioned, the XSR700. But you did good going with the proven and good looking SV. Enjoy!
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  20. atlthrux

    atlthrux Been here awhile

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    Rode home an 06 sv650s with around 4k for my son yesterday. My ancient 6'3" body is still in pain. I have airheads so I'd forgotten how much fun a modern(heh) bike can be. It needs tires, fork dust seals (I guess eventually fork seals, too), m/c reservoir, & a tank flush. I have to figure out how to do the tires w/o a center stand or a shop stand.
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