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Today I went on a ride with my neighbor. He rides a Duc Monster-900.
The dude had so much more power on me in the straightaways it was crazy.
I usually ride with other SV havers or at least other 600's and trying to keep up in the straights was a chore. So today I might have grabbed a little more throttle than I am used to trying to keep up:fiddy:. TWICE I had the rear tire wander on me during acceleration. In 1st and second gear.

Is this pretty common? I am thinking it might have been sand left over from the recent ice storms. Either way, the Duc had incredible power on hand. Guy was nice enough, and he certainly knew where the good roads were.

I rode one road that was short, but incredible. I thought there weren't any decent roads near my place--the neigh'b proved me wrong. Just wanted to share
 

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In straights motor displacement will always win.

For the tire wandering, that is not common. If there is loose dirt on the ground your better watch your throttle control. If the ground is clean then you should expect the front tire to come off the ground.

Don't ride over your ability, or else it could be the beginning of the end. :thumbsup:
 

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I am with ya on the ability thing. I just let this guy leave me a couple of times (read most of the time). My guess is that there was a little sand left on the road that I missed (scary)--Tires are still pretty fresh. First time it happened it scared the ba-jeezus outa me.
 

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there probly was sand on the road.. next time spin the tire on purpose. there is only one way to learn.
 

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Thanks for the jokes at my expense...always appreciated. The tire only spun on hard acceleration coming OUT of corners and even in the straights. Just never had it happen before--I'm going with the sand, even though it didn't seem like there was much anywhere but at lights and such. Meh, Whatever. Case CLOSED. Oh yeah, The Duc's rear tire was HUGE. When you parked the two bikes side by side it looked like it ate my rear tire and was still hungry. I think the guy has convinced me to go to a Ducati sponsored Track day with him. If I get a promotion in the next year or two methinks either a Ducati or a Speed Triple may be in my future.
 

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The Duc has a 900cc engine for Pete's sake, what did you think would happen on a straight? Go ahead and buy a Duc or whatever, just remember there is probably ALWAYS going to be a faster bike than any one that you have.

Could have been sand, but did you check your tire pressures?
 

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Based on the spec sheet the Monster 900 doesn't really make that much more power(78hp). It does however make WAY more torque than the SV.
 

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a 900 is 250cc bigger than an sv 650not exactly higher math, but there are bikes with 250 cc a 250cc dirt bike is an awesome powerful handful,there are 250 cc streetbikes that are fun,whenever i ride with my friends who have a 1198 cc ducati and a 1048cc aprilla i'm actually surprized that they're not more off the front,maybe they're not insane and they're not using all the hp that they have such easy access to . I'd like to someday babysit a gsxr 750 or something like that ,just for a few months, keep the injectors clear and the gas fresh with a weekly ride,if i found a great deal i may have to jump on it, but realisticly i love my sv and the marginally sane amount of power that it makes will keep me happy for years.
 

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In straights motor displacement will always win.

:thumbsup:
you sure about that?

what do you think the outcome would be of an R6 angainst a SV 650 - or an SV1000?
 

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there is no replacement for displacement.
 

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Except for changing engine characteristics, compression, stroke vs bore, efficiencies, cooling, configuration... As TLfreak says a superspor 600 is faster than either an SV650 or a Duc 900. My SV makes more power than the Duc does despite still being 250cc smaller.
 

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Except for changing engine characteristics, compression, stroke vs bore, efficiencies, cooling, configuration... As TLfreak says a superspor 600 is faster than either an SV650 or a Duc 900. My SV makes more power than the Duc does despite still being 250cc smaller.
bingo :thumbsup:
 

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Like Northwind stated; you have to keep in mind the different engine configurations and cooling methods. Displacement is not the cure all for speed.
 

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Hey, I love the SV. I will keep this bike a long time. It is a heck of a lot of fun and cheap to keep. It is my favorite bike I have owned (5th bike) including a YZF 600r that I really loved. I cannot think of any reason to get rid of the SV... but I would like to broaden the stable at some point and test ride some of these bigger V-twins and or three cylinder bikes. The tires on my SV are Conti attacks and the pressure was the recommended press (33/36 checked before I went out). I was really just commenting on this ride with the Duc owner because I have been riding and wrenching since 2002 yet I had never ridden with another bike with that kind of power on hand this guys Ducati had. Most of my life me and my buddies have been broke had beaters that were <600cc bikes. The biggest bikes I usually ride with are cruisers and they don't keep up with the SV in any way, the only liter bike I have ever ridden with was an SV1000 and he kept it slow. The Duc just surprised me. This dude is military and an aircraft mechanic, for all I know he has done some major work to the bike and that was why it puled so hard. i have only been riding 7 years and still consider myself in the learning stage. I am not really looking for more speed than I have, but I love bikes and would someday like to own a few more :)
 

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Yeah, its drive through the mids in particular is a big advantage. The up top bhp isn't so different really but that's only a small amount of the picture. Now go riding with a litre IL4 :eek:
 

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Yeah,
Most of my buds, and myself, ride(or used to ride ;) ) bikes that are 20+ years old. So that is a factor too.
 
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