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post #1 of 41 Old 09-13-2011, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, g00gl3it told me to get on here now that I actually own a nice bike and not just craiglisting window shopping.

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The second photo has the shadow of g00gl3it's 9er. It has been a fun couple of weeks. Already put over 400 miles on it. May cost me my job though as I get the strange feeling to keep riding and not take that right turn to the office.

The SV is definitely a great bike for newer riders. Took it home yesterday in a light down pour. First real experience of riding in the rain. It handled very nice on the stock Dunlop tires. Everything about it stock except the grip warmers.

Has over 7000 miles now, bought it with 6600 g00gl3it put 230 miles on it the rest are mine. 2007 great condition bike picked.

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Fun little bike to ride, too! Glad to see you on here. Don't be shy because you don't have a 9'er. Besides, you'll have one in a few years . You'll have to brush up on your mods beforehand.

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Thank you all for the welcomes. I plan on keeping the bike a while just to get the feel of the sport bike. I am a happily married man and father and would like to stay that for a long time. No need for me to be caught under a car and asking for bystanders to lift it off me any time soon. I have a pretty good mentor in g00gl3it. He makes sure to keep me in check.

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Thank you all for the welcomes. I plan on keeping the bike a while just to get the feel of the sport bike. I am a happily married man and father and would like to stay that for a long time. No need for me to be caught under a car and asking for bystanders to lift it off me any time soon. I have a pretty good mentor in g00gl3it. He makes sure to keep me in check.
Exactly. Don't do as I do, .

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sv650, like stated a great beginners bike that will keep you having fun for a long time. and that one you have there is a GREAT specimen.

and dont let g00gl3it ride it too much.... he might just want to keep it :-P

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Nice bike and nice color too.

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Used to have an SV. Fun bike. Yours looks great. Ditch that rear shock as soon as you can. Replaced mine with a GSXR 600 donor for $50. Easy swap, but had to cut the toolbox to make room for the reservoir. No biggie. Move the tools under the seat.

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sv650, like stated a great beginners bike that will keep you having fun for a long time. and that one you have there is a GREAT specimen.

and dont let g00gl3it ride it too much.... he might just want to keep it :-P
I might have to, my bike's fuel consumption is through the roof. I can barely hit 35mpg!!!

I put 5.2 gallons in last fillup and I hit 134 miles when the reserve light came on.

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I might have to, my bike's fuel consumption is through the roof. I can barely hit 35mpg!!!

I put 5.2 gallons in last fillup and I hit 134 miles when the reserve light came on.
lol thats about what i get on the 9er.

that sweet sweet vtwin sound you just want to let loose!

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lol thats about what i get on the 9er.

that sweet sweet vtwin sound you just want to let loose!
I told him first order of biz needed to be an exhaust. I want to hear that thing!

Start saving your money for mods, Seulment. You don't need to feed your kids, right?

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If the kids want to eat

If the kids want to eat they can sell lemonade or collect cans... Mods come when it is paid off. I will probably mod the bike I plan on keeping for years. Mods will stay off for while. May change the shocks and muffler. I know I need make to some changes for my build 6'4" 230 lbs not the typical SV650 rider.

Hopefully the wife will one day be riding it though.

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If the kids want to eat they can sell lemonade or collect cans... Mods come when it is paid off. I will probably mod the bike I plan on keeping for years. Hopefully the wife will one day be riding it. Mods will stay off for while. May change the shocks and muffler. I know I need to some changes for my build
6'4" 230 lbs not the typical SV650 rider.
230!!! dude, we need to go work out again.

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What a great bike. Can't imagine why Suzuki stop makin' em. Enjoy.
They probably realized their mistake and that's why they brought them back. Have you seen the 2011's?

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I stand corrected. Those are 2009's.

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Gonna say buddy, I was just at their site a couple weeks ago and they didn't have it. Got all excited for a new sv1000 for a second there


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Gonna say buddy, I was just at their site a couple weeks ago and they didn't have it. Got all excited for a new sv1000 for a second there


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Welcome, fellow SV rider! The Blue on Black SV's look great. I myself have a blue 1st generation SV650.

the SV is nice because it takes very well to suspension upgrades, which are fairly easy to come by once you have more miles under your wheels and have developed your skills.

if you ride in the rain somewhat often, you might wanna look into a front fender extender which keeps water from gettin into the front spark plug area. This has been a problem with alot of older SV's so some of the newer ones do come with a lil flap underneath the radiator which will do mostly the same thing as a fender extender.

ppl here are pretty knowledge, but svrider.com and socalsvriders.org are good resources for SV specific stuff

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They probably realized their mistake and that's why they brought them back...
they really do need to make an all-new 3rd generation SV, and not this Gladius BS...



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they really do need to make an all-new 3rd generation SV, and not this Gladius BS...
What, you don't like it? lol

Reviews state the engine is a bit snappier than the SV. Sent a pick to my wife (whom I would probably get it for). We'll see if she likes it.

I do like the looks of the standard (2nd Gen) SV's better, though.

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Reviews state the engine is a bit snappier than the SV. Sent a pick to my wife (whom I would probably get it for). We'll see if she likes it.
I think the Gladius is de-tuned for even more low and mid-range than the SV. It's also got a steel frame and whatever else which puts it at a 446-pound curb weight. WTF is that!? My 1st gen naked weighs about 405 lbs wet.

I actually don't despise the Gladius the way some do, but it's a bike that leaves me scratching my head. I think the Gladius would've been better off just re-using the 1st gen SV's alum frame with the re-tuned FI motor and other stuff. but whatever, i still think an all-new 3rd gen SV is long overdue



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I had a shorty Remus exhaust that was just disgustingly loud when I opened the SV up. Sort of fun in a hooligan way, but could get old. I would definitely do the shocks before the exhaust, especially at your weight. GSXR shocks are, as I said, an easy swap. GSXR 1000's have stiffer springs, so you might look into that. Look up the stock spring rate on the SV and compare it to the stock spring rates on the GSXR's. If I remember correctly, some Kawa shocks also will work on the SV. You can probably get a spring rate recommendation for an aftermarket shock at your weight and then try to get as close as you can with a donor shock. Unless, that is, you want to do it right and get an Ohlins. Then you don't have to worry about all that crap I just said. Lol.

Another issue I had with the SV was the on/off throttle response. After I adjusted the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), this smoothed out and the bike was much easier to control at low speeds. This is an issue for newer riders, so you might have an experienced rider check it out for you and see if he thinks the TPS might need to be adjusted. There is a good step-by-step with pics for this on SVRider.com

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I think the Gladius is de-tuned for even more low and mid-range than the SV. It's also got a steel frame and whatever else which puts it at a 446-pound curb weight. WTF is that!? My 1st gen naked weighs about 405 lbs wet.

I actually don't despise the Gladius the way some do, but it's a bike that leaves me scratching my head. I think the Gladius would've been better off just re-using the 1st gen SV's alum frame with the re-tuned FI motor and other stuff. but whatever, i still think an all-new 3rd gen SV is long overdue
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Appreciate the recommendations. g00gl3it discussed feathering the clutch with me and I have been working on that as I have found the low speeds jerkiness while trying to lightly throttle. Definitely makes one look new while riding.

Still need to pay it off then work on upgrades. I know I need to swap the shocks. This bie was definitely not built fo rmy size. One thing I have looked at are handlebar risers. Considering up 2 back 1 to see how it feels on longer rides. Again, thanks for the advice. I know little about modding bikes and there is a lot to learn before I venture into that realm. Glad to know there is a helpful forum out here. thanks all.

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Put over 5000 miles on my 01 SV this year and loved every minute of it. The bike can be completey transformed though if you throw a couple bucks at the suspension. The biggest improvement with mine was a Traxxion drop in damper rod kit, cartridge fork emulators and springs.....The Penske out back is kinda nice too...

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Put over 5000 miles on my 01 SV this year and loved every minute of it. The bike can be completey transformed though if you throw a couple bucks at the suspension. The biggest improvement with mine was a Traxxion drop in damper rod kit, cartridge fork emulators and springs.....The Penske out back is kinda nice too...
yeah, i got cartridge emulators and springs in my forks. feels pretty good. I'm at the lighter end of the rider spectrum at 160 lbs w/out gear, so the stock shock actually works fairly well for me. I would definitely like to see how much of a difference a penske would make tho...



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yeah, i got cartridge emulators and springs in my forks. feels pretty good. I'm at the lighter end of the rider spectrum at 160 lbs w/out gear, so the stock shock actually works fairly well for me. I would definitely like to see how much of a difference a penske would make tho...
Pretty much the same build here too but have just a couple pounds on you. The Penske didnt give me the same "grin" that the front end parts did the first ride but when you're in a corner that isnt freshly paved, its night and day. The SV is a total keeper and WILL be in the garage for the duration. No bike guys (or girls) garage should be without one.

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Appreciate the recommendations. g00gl3it discussed feathering the clutch with me and I have been working on that as I have found the low speeds jerkiness while trying to lightly throttle. Definitely makes one look new while riding.

One thing I have looked at are handlebar risers. Considering up 2 back 1 to see how it feels on longer rides.

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The jerkiness is a total TPS problem. Here is a step-by-step illustrated guide to adjusting it on the SV. (By the way, he uses a wire to create his "dealer mode tool." I had no luck with that. Instead, I used a bent paper clip. Worked great.) Get googl3it to help you if you're not confident doing it. Actually pretty easy.

TPS Adjustment Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide - SV650.org - SV650 & Gladius 650 Forum

I had a 1-inch riser on my SV bars. That put the cables and such about as far as I think you could go without replacing cables and such. If you do 2 up and 1 back, I'm pretty confident your stock throttle and clutch cables will be stretched too far. A 1-inch riser will pull the bar back toward you anyway since the risers are angled toward the rider.

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The jerkiness is a total TPS problem. Here is a step-by-step illustrated guide to adjusting it on the SV. (By the way, he uses a wire to create his "dealer mode tool." I had no luck with that. Instead, I used a bent paper clip. Worked great.) Get googl3it to help you if you're not confident doing it. Actually pretty easy.

TPS Adjustment Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide - SV650.org - SV650 & Gladius 650 Forum

I had a 1-inch riser on my SV bars. That put the cables and such about as far as I think you could go without replacing cables and such. If you do 2 up and 1 back, I'm pretty confident your stock throttle and clutch cables will be stretched too far. A 1-inch riser will pull the bar back toward you anyway since the risers are angled toward the rider.

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Haha, he showed me that link not a couple of hours ago and I offered my garage if he needed space to work on it. Looks like a quick and dirty mod!

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The jerkiness is a total TPS problem. Here is a step-by-step illustrated guide to adjusting it on the SV. (By the way, he uses a wire to create his "dealer mode tool." I had no luck with that. Instead, I used a bent paper clip. Worked great.) Get googl3it to help you if you're not confident doing it. Actually pretty easy.

TPS Adjustment Step-by-Step Pictorial Guide - SV650.org - SV650 & Gladius 650 Forum

I had a 1-inch riser on my SV bars. That put the cables and such about as far as I think you could go without replacing cables and such. If you do 2 up and 1 back, I'm pretty confident your stock throttle and clutch cables will be stretched too far. A 1-inch riser will pull the bar back toward you anyway since the risers are angled toward the rider.

Good luck and enjoy.
Thanks Jay for the advice. Guess I will save 50 bucks and go with the 1" risers. I appreciate the help here and look forward to learning plenty more.

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It's fairly easy to do. Believe me, once you get into messing with the bike, you'll gain confidence to tackle just about anything. You're a leg up on me when I started. All I had was the net and a downloaded manual. You got a buddy to help out!

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35 mpg?! wow. I have been getting 48-52. I am a heavier rider, 230ish, but I don't ride very aggresive though. Only had mine since June, been about 18 years since I had a bike. 83 Kawasaki GPz 550. Still baffeled at the difference of the 919..lol

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35 mpg?! wow. I have been getting 48-52. I am a heavier rider, 230ish, but I don't ride very aggresive though. Only had mine since June, been about 18 years since I had a bike. 83 Kawasaki GPz 550. Still baffeled at the difference of the 919..lol
35 mpg was for the 919, not the sv. I probably caused some confusion with my earlier post about gas mileage.

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