Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Rep Power: 1
With my previous bike, the VTR1000, everything (accessories) you went to buy or fit was exactly the same. Mine was bought new in 2006, therefore listed on the ownership papers as a 2006 model, but most of the accessories I bought were always listed as made for '99 - 2003. The only time I had a minor issue was when I found out about a problem the earlier models had with overheating the regulator, some of them burning out after 20,000km (only some of them though). I phoned Honda, local, and they couldn't even tell me if my 2006 model had a different regulator or not. This could be considered a sort of major issue if it was so common. I found out that some people fitted computer fans on the cooling fins and this cured the problem,, so I did this to mine and my brothers (also bought new on the same day as mine). I since found out that our models had a more robust regulator, but not from Honda, from the internet and by seeing an earlier one at a bike wrecker.
Apart from that small mod, I belive that from the 2003/4 model the bikes haven't changed in any way but for the colour they come out in. I also think that most accessories made for the VTR were simply listed as '99 - 2003 because this was maybe the last model they "KNEW" the accessory would actually work 100% on. Now if all the bikes that came out from 2004 onwards had nothing changed on them,, surely things like exhausts, brake parts, and, well any other part will fit. Whenever I saw '99 - 2003 on any accessory, I didn't hesitiate to buy if I wanted it. Everything fitted well and worked.
Maybe Suzuki with their longer running series bikes, like the SV's have a similar lineage and history... It most likely means that the item in discussion (in your case a Scorpion exhaust) was last tried and made for that particular model,, and still should fit...!!! I think that around '02 or '03 the SV650 changed shape some, but I am sure that all models since then are virtually the same, at least on the surface.
Cheers... (glad to see it all worked out)...