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What's up? I just traded my Honda cruiser today for a 2000 red neked SV650. The ride is amazing. I was looking at GSX-Rs, CBRs, and ZXs, but this bike just lit me up. I have a few questions though. This is the first time riding or seeing a SV in person.

  1. First, how much is the bike suppose to lean when its on the stand? I feel like I'm going to drop the bike every time I set it on the kick stand.
  2. What's the max range on the bike per full tank?
  3. How can I lower this bike? I softened up the suspension in the back to lower it a little, but it's not enough. I think I need at least another 2-3 inches of drop so I could comfortably put both feet down? Is there anything anyone can recommend? I tried the search but all it led me to was softening the suspension and maybe shaving down the seat.

Alright that's about enough with the questions.

Ed
 

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Hi daewon774, Welcome to SVR. Try shaving the seat first.

There are lowering links if you do have to lower the suspension.

Check some pictures in here of other SV's to see if your bike is leaning more than it should.

Good luck, have fun and ride safe!
 

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I just shaved the seat myself 2 days ago. It made a huge difference, and there are a few threads on here with good links on the "how to do it yourself" end of things. Going to have the bike dropped another 1/2 " or so in the next few days in the garage. Oh, and I think I gained a good 1 1/2" with shaving the seat.
 

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Welcome to the world of SV ownership. Now for your questions...

1. 1 gen's (which yours is) lean over pretty far and feel like it's never going to stop. So, pretty normal.

2. Expect about 130-140 miles before the blinking light comes on to tell you to get gas.

3. You don't need your feet down flat to handle the bike. There are people who lower the bike but it effects the handling. 1gen's need the rear to be high to handle properly. Realize the SV is lighter than your cruiser and easier to handle. I'm 5'2 and handle the bike fine, I just have to be very careful where I stop.
 

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...I found it wasn't the handling part of things that wanted me to lower my bike...It was the backing it up in gravel parking lots and driveways. not easy to back up a gravel incline if you can't get your feet down solid, plus I ride with my kid on back sometimes and I want to stop without a serious lean when I have her on back. I wanted more control at a stop.
 

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Welcome to the world of SV ownership. Now for your questions...

1. 1 gen's (which yours is) lean over pretty far and feel like it's never going to stop. So, pretty normal.

2. Expect about 130-140 miles before the blinking light comes on to tell you to get gas.

3. You don't need your feet down flat to handle the bike. There are people who lower the bike but it effects the handling. 1gen's need the rear to be high to handle properly. Realize the SV is lighter than your cruiser and easier to handle. I'm 5'2 and handle the bike fine, I just have to be very careful where I stop.
Wow, ok... I didn't know these bikes are suppose to lean this much. It's ridiculous how far I lean it over before it sets on the kickstand. It was really disconcerting when I put it on the kickstand for the first time. I thought I was about to drop it right in front of the owner, lol.
 

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...I found it wasn't the handling part of things that wanted me to lower my bike...It was the backing it up in gravel parking lots and driveways. not easy to back up a gravel incline if you can't get your feet down solid, plus I ride with my kid on back sometimes and I want to stop without a serious lean when I have her on back. I wanted more control at a stop.
I agree. Where I park, I constantly have to back it in. I actually have to get off the bike to back it up. It's going to get annoying quick. Plus, I don't feel comfortable with just one foot on the ground when I come to a stop.
 

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The bike does lean quite a bit. I am used to my husbands GSXR600 and then got on this one and went to put the kickstand down and thought it was going to fall to the floor. HIs stands up a lot more than mine. Mine is about to be lowered about 2 inches. You can get the kit off ebay for it. Just remember the bike is going to handle a lot differently once you do that.
 

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The bike will also lean much less once it's lowered. Does the bike still have the stock rear shock? If you've already reduced the pre-load it really shouldn't be too bad of a lean. It may just be perspective on your part, or it could also have a slightly bent side stand.
 

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Definitely not just my perspective. I asked others, everyone feels the same. It leans alot. A whole lot. But I guess other 1st gens too
 

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I have a 02 and it absolutly does not even come close to that lean. if i where you i would get that checked, and you should turn your bars to the left when you put it on the kickstand especially with that lean. And welcome aboard brother and ride safe!
 
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