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I'm looking to buy a naked SV650. A friend who seemed to know a little about motorcycles mentioned that without the fairing heat generated by the engine would make the rider uncomfortable.
Is that true? Do you feel the heat generated from the naked SV650

Also fairing makes it more aerodynamic, and the naked SV is susceptible to the crosswinds!!!!
Has anyone experienced this?
 

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I'm looking to buy a naked SV650. A friend who seemed to know a little about motorcycles mentioned that without the fairing heat generated by the engine would make the rider uncomfortable.
Is that true? Do you feel the heat generated from the naked SV650
I wouldn't listen to your friend anymore.

While it may be true on air-cooled bikes while stopped or bikes with side-mounted radiators, this isn't a problem for the liquid cooled naked SV.
 

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My old Honda V65 Sabre would give off some heat when sitting at stoplights..but as for the SV I don't recall feeling any. Last summer was the first summer of ownership, but if it was a problem I would have felt it during that season.
 

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Not an issue for me. In fact, there have been times when it was a little cooler than I'd like it to be and I wanted more heat from the engine to keep me warm.
 

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Yeah your friend had it backwards, heat seems to be more of a problem on bikes with fairings where the heat is contained within and exit back toward the rider. You hear alot more about heat coming out of bikes like the Concours and FJR.
 

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I'm looking to buy a naked SV650. A friend who seemed to know a little about motorcycles mentioned that without the fairing heat generated by the engine would make the rider uncomfortable.
Is that true? Do you feel the heat generated from the naked SV650

Also fairing makes it more aerodynamic, and the naked SV is susceptible to the crosswinds!!!!
Has anyone experienced this?
Just out of curiosity??? What kind of bike does you friend ride?
 

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only time I have ever had heat bothersome is after riding several hours on a hot day then getting into stop & go traffic, the frame can retain a lot of heat BUT the S wouldn't be any different

yes, I've had 1st degree burns on the inside of my legs while wearing riding pants
 

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Also fairing makes it more aerodynamic, and the naked SV is susceptible to the crosswinds!!!!
Has anyone experienced this?
......and the wind never, ever, blows if you are riding a fully faired bike. :p

Full fairings will not reduce the effects of crosswinds.........unless........unless you install them perpendicular to the centerline of the bike. Then, Yes......those fairings will reduce the effects of crosswinds. ;)



Keep your friend around for comic relief. But don't take his word for gospel.
 

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Yeah the frame right at the base of the gas tank gets hot since it's close to the rear cylinder but unless you are wearing shorts or are pressing your thighs tightly against those areas while waiting at a stop light for 5 - 10 mins after riding for over 2 hours on a summer's day when the temps are over 92 degrees and it's sunny it's not really an issue. But you'll get this on most bikes.

Try sitting on an air cooled Buell at a stop light in summer sun and you'll pass out after 2mins. I did that once won't do that again evar!!!!!
 

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I would have loved to feel some engine heat today.

22 degrees...in the negative temps with the wind chill. Brrrr....

On a hot day (100+) you feel a little heat if you get your legs close to the frame. But you gotta really be trying to roast yourself.

Go naked!
 

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Your friend is nuts. Any difference as far as crosswinds will be negligible. I have had a faired and now and unfaired SV, the only major difference is a bit more wind on my chest, and thus a bit more chill in winter. So, I put on a sweater under my jacket and go down the road. I ride 5 days a week in all weather. Seriously the fairing on the SV is small and makes some difference, but unless your tucked (which you shouldn't be on the road) your not going to notice much difference. I am 6' tall so maybe a shorter person will disagree.
 

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I would have loved to feel some engine heat today.

22 degrees...in the negative temps with the wind chill. Brrrr....

On a hot day (100+) you feel a little heat if you get your legs close to the frame. But you gotta really be trying to roast yourself.

Go naked!
Yeah I'd be great at stop lights in the winter time if you could feel that +200 degree heat radiating up onto your chest, arms and head!!
 
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