Well all my goodies are now ready to be installed just in time for it to get chilly. Good thing I've got some really nice heated gear.....
The Forks got the Traxxion Dynamics AK20 cartdige treatment. Preload caps with compression on one side and rebound adjustment on the other. I previously had their damper rod/emulator/springs set up and it worked incredibly well. Since the Goldwing was absolutely magically transformed when its forks came back with their AK20's installed, I really wanted to get them for the SV but didnt really want to come off the scratch for them again. Well needless to say I was never going to be completely happy with the bike untill I got them so I just bit the bullet.
Cant wait to put the Ohlins to work either.
The Yosh can and stock header that was on the bike is being replaced with a full D&D ehaust with a beautiful carbon fiber can.Pretty close to a 3.5lb weight loss too. I'm hoping the jetting will be fairly close because I really dont want to mess with it too much now that its getting cold.
Its gonna be one bad to the bone SV......
The shock and exhaust have been installed. Would have been nice if D&D would have used the stock exhaust manifold extention. The extension makes removal and instalation of the rear header pipe a 2 minute procedure. The D&D doesnt use it and bolts directly to the head which means there is NO room with the shock in to tighten it up.So.... the exhaust needs to be tight before the shock goes in which in turn leaves NO room to get tools on the suspension linkage with the exhaust in the way...All in all, pretty much a huge PIA. As much of a PIA it was, it sure sounds wicked. I sure wont get told anymore that it sounds like an ATV! The thing sounds like a small block thats got something going on under the hood. Cant wait to get it out and run it. The forks will go on Monday or Tuesday after I put a few miles on the bike with the new shock. I just want to see what a difference it made.
Well I got 136 miles on the bike today and all I can say about the Ohlins is WOW! Its a completely different motorcycle from what it was. It also seems to have a little more grunt but that could be just the exhausts tone...Its definately on the louder side of loud now. The AK20'ed forks are going on it tomorrow evening. Looks like the weather is going to get a little warmer so I'll get a little more enjoyment out of it before the snowmobiles come out of hibernation.......
Jealous...wish you were closer so I could compare our stock bike to yours with the suspension upgrades.
Oh man....You wouldnt believe you were riding the same bike. The current forks which was the first suspension mod I did got Traxxions damper rod/emulator kit with a set of springs. If you do anything at all to the bikes suspension,that should be it. That alone transformed it 100%. The forks that are going on it are fully adjustable cartridge forks. I bought a set of stock forks and had Traxxion install their AK20 cartridge kit. I have the exact same set up on My Goldwing and the mod along with a new Penske shock for it changed my mind about selling it. So, needless to say, the SV was a perfect candidate for the same mod.
Almost 200 miles with the new forks. With the Ohlins out back and the new forks on, I just cant begin to explain how nice this bike is now. I'll have a new front brake set up on it next week and then I think we're done hanging parts for a while.
Ok video guys....How can or how should I get some video of the bike so you can actually get an idea of the true sound? The videos audio sounds nothing like the actual.....
It never does. Unless you get some serious audio equipment. Do you have a DSLR? One that shoots video, that is? Those actually tend to have pretty good mic pickups, better than most point and shoot cameras.
Plus, when you upload to Youtube, vimeo, etc. keep it in as high of quality as you can.
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