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Old 10-10-2019, 01:58 AM   #11
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Location: Northamptonshire, UK
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Re: Do I want an SV650?

Originally Posted by Rev Limiter View Post
Picked up my 2000 SV650 that was used as a track bike for the track. After spending as much on upgrades as I spent on the bike, came to realize it will not really work out all that well "for me". I grew out of my 2000 in about 6 months. Loved every minute of it but I always seem to be ringing the heck out of the fueling and brakes and wasn't really all that confident in either at high speeds. Same as when I am up in speed on my FJR even after spending $2,500 on suspension and brake upgrades

Picked up a 2011 GSXR750 and there really isn't much I needed to do. Just steel brake lines and I am all set. Bike came with a full Yosh, PC5 and pretty decent tires. Not only does it check all the boxes but really is pretty fun and comfortable on the road. More stable above 90 than my FJR on the highway. Funny how that small screen can cut through the air.

If I had to do it all over again, would have saved a few more pennies and have gone with a naked liter. Still love and ride my SV650 a ton but just saying...... Looking at a Thruxton R for now. SV will be come my cafe racer.

I think Iíd agree with that sentiment. One could easily spend more on modifying a SV, which would still not be as good on the track as a standard GSXR, and I think if one was taking that route one would become frustrated with the SV quickly.

This still comes down to cost, and there is clearly a place for SVs on the track (as one may notice at any track day). If one bought a well used SV650, about a K6, for £800 and ran it in standard form (less the unnecessary bits) one could get into track biking for less than the cost of some peopleís leathers or helmets. It would of course get overtaken by everything with more than 75HP on the straights, and would not be much better in the corners due to the standard suspension and brakes, but it would be great fun and very good for improving oneís riding technique.

I canít help thinking that if cost is less of a factor then it would be better to buy a bike that is more suited to the track without significant modification in the first place (a GSXR or any super sport 600/675).

Anyway, it is up to the OP what he fancies, good fortune OP.


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