Six years into SV1000S ownership an the two of us are finally settling in!
It has taken me THIS LONG to finally get the suspension to a point where it rides like a Magic Carpet, and I can really trust it way over in a corner. I've messed with it over & over... and finally hit on a winning setup- the Penske shock out back, about 80% out on the Preload... and I finally bought Race Tech front springs to MATCH MY WEIGHT. This made a HUGE difference. I also realized that I was running my head bearings too tight (tapers). Now it's just a f***ing joy.
Motor is stock, except for Yoshimura cans and a very excellent Werks Clutch basket. I've decided to stay with the twin exhausts, mostly just for the aesthetics - it's what gives the SV it's character! I like Power...but it makes plenty for me as is. I've chosen to run without the muffler DB killers... it's just a little louder and I LOVE it, thrag-g-g-g-ing up a hill. The Harley Boys don't know what just went past them!
Corbin seat: a vast improvement over the stock plank... the only issues are that it drops you lower..(at 6' 1" and 250 lbs I'm already cramped with those pegs)... and also, I've found that on longer rides, you slide forward on it too much and find your MARBLES crushed... or at least vibrated painfully. So I often ride with a small slab of light foam-rubber tucked into the front of my Fruit-O-the-Looms.
Bike doesn't use much oil... starts and runs all day without complaint. A GOOD FRIEND did me a Solid and re-mapped the curve, which really softened the part-throttle performance,making for a much more Gentlemanly power delivery. It's a LOT smoother, loping around town, and everywhere else.
One minor complaint: For some reason the bike has this aerodynamic issue that just doesn't want to change - a slight "head wag" at speeds, in wind turbulence conditions, especially say, like when passing a big truck running alongside. I've reduced it to a bare minimum so that it doesn't bother me anymore, but I'm pretty sure it's due to some aerodynamic situation... maybe my size... plus the raised handlebars... the shape of the fairing (plus lowers),... I don't know... But I've pretty much just learned to live with it.
Next up- see if I can drop those PEGS a tad... I have the reverse-plate things that can RAISE your pegs.. they won't fit DOWNWARDS ... unless you fab a couple of spacer blocks to move the footpeg plates out from the frame a little.
So... we're PALS now, me and the K6. It's a real joy to walk into the garage on a sunny day and see two bikes (the Bandit 1200) sitting there... and have a HARD TIME CHOOSING, because they're both so much damn fun.