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Hello..I've been lurking for a few days, but today I rode home on a '05 650 nekked. What a super motor..has tons of torque thoughout the range..I'm going to luv this bike !
I have $500 to spend on mods..what would you experts suggest, either small or large addons that will improve performance, ride and looks ?

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1. Motoslider Frame Sliders

2. Front springs & Oil

3. Rear shock
 

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Others have said it, I'd just rearrange the order with $500:

Protective gear (good helmet, jacket, pants and boots)
MSF course
Motosliders
Time in the saddle (for a newbie rider, 6-12 months)
Trackday
Fork springs and oil (if you already have the protective gear)

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What sort of riding experience do you have?

If this is your first bike, cover the basics- MSF training, helmet, jacket, gloves, boots.... and a set of frame sliders.

If you're an experienced and aggressive rider, the SV's primary shortcoming is its suspension. Springs (appropriate to your weight and riding style) up front and a decent rear shock will eat that $500 budget, but they'll completely transform the bike.

My $0.03, anyway.

Oh, and welcome to the board!

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boardsNbikes said:
Others have said it, I'd just rearrange the order with $500:

Protective gear (good helmet, jacket, pants and boots)
MSF course
Motosliders
Time in the saddle (for a newbie rider, 6-12 months)
Trackday
Fork springs and oil (if you already have the protective gear)

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+1 The people on this board are too quick to say motosliders. Protect your body first!!!

I would put suspension mods above the trackday if you can afford it.
 

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+1 The people on this board are too quick to say motosliders. Protect your body first!!!

I would put suspension mods above the trackday if you can afford it.
Pickle SP,

Not a slight at all, but I'd do everything in the same day if I could afford it. :) But you're right, the fork suspensions mods are not all that expensive and would give a better "everyday" ride experience before the trackday. I just tend to side with training rather than gear. Call it a fault, if you will.

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MSF and gear and Frame sliders (nate's ofcourse!)

After that, save it. $450 is a good amount to cover you in the event of a crash or some other problem.
 

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Gear always first!!!

i started a thread like this when i first joined the site...
and I'm glad i listened to everyone!!!
heres was the order i went:
1. jacket
2. gloves
3. motosliders
4. good helmet (i had one already, it was just a lil big)

after that i went about modding my steed.
 

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if you already have gear and all.

1) Exhaust. Gladly my SV came with exhuast because the stock can is an abomination and i'd rather run with race baffles.
2) Depending on how much the can set you back, get a seat. Esp if you plan on going anywhere on your SV
3) still have money, GSX shock.
 

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I'd say cosmetic stuff.
Unless you're a sport rider, or something.
I only commute, and I enjoy the $300 I've spent on my scorpion high mount exhaust much more than I enjoy the $300 spent on a busa shock and fork work.
I honestly can't tell the difference from the stock suspension. I would have saved my money and time had I known it wouldnt make a difference.

But yeah, a nice helmet, and some good riding gear is the best thing, if you don't already have those.
 

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1) MSF if you havent already
2) gear - helmet, jacket, gloves as a BARE minimum
3) if you're thinking exhaust, check the restrictorectomy link in my sig for the cheap way out!
4) sliders...motosliders are great
5) FE...you dont realize how ugly the rear fender is until it is gone
6) rear stand, or something along those lines, to make chain maintenance easier
7) what thejimdaddy said
 

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You've got tons of good advice! Assuming you want to mod the bike, I think the stock exhaust sucks! I did the M4 and power, throttle response and ohhhh that beautiful V-Twin sound!!!!!! Definitely a mod you need to do!!!
 

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everyone keeps saying get Pilot powers, pfft, they are nice but thats about it.

btw, I do have pilot powers and believing these tires will work miracles is foolish.

edit: redone the list
1) Exhuast or Suzuki lower fairings.
2) Windscreen - tinted or colored.
3) $2 Fender Eliminator.
4) GSX shock
5) Saddle
 
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