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I've been into motorcycle for about 6-7 years now. Before i used to ride an old ninja to college which i bought used with heavy mods. Last year i purchased a 2000 SV650 (RED) with 14k miles as i wanted to try a naked bike and feel what the v twin fuss was all about so the SV was the obvious choice. I was looking into getting a brand new SV and modding it but decided not to after i got my insurance quote.
So now that i've decided to keep my 2000 SV i'd like to do some mods on it. Currently its completely 100% stock. First thing i did was buy a yosh pipe, some bar end mirrors, soft gel grips and a gel seat. I'm completely illiterate when it comes to bike mods. I've done a lot of research and i've gotten even more confused. My dilemma is that i have $1,000 - $1,500 to spare and i'd like to make my SV unique. I'd like to go with a 'matte black' theme and all i can come up with is having the wheels painted matte black with golden pin striping, black heat wrap the exhaust. Please guys i need some advice, what else should i upgrade/mod? Bear in mind that my budget includes labor costs as i don't think i can do anything myself. ??? I also thought of getting an untertail assembly but thoese are expensive, can't i just cut it and install brackets there?? I can post pics if you'd like!!! Thanks a lot!!
 

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You could have the bodywork painted if you're going for the matte black in that area, as well as having it stripped down and get things powdercoated (metal bits like triples, rearsets, frame/swingarm, brake arm, headlight bracket "ears").
Some new levers are always nice looking and they feel great too- although they get pricey. I personally would stay away from the ebay carbon-fiber ones, but get something like ASV's, CRG's, or Pazzo's.
 

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Sorry guys but i don't have the photos yet as i was at work till late last night. I'll definitely post some tomorrow morning of if my garage light and camera are good enoguh then i'll post some tonight. Sorry for the delay.
 

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My dilemma is that i have $1,000 - $1,500 to spare and i'd like to make my SV unique.
With that and you´re paying someone to do the work, I´d say scratch "unique". Having the bike professionally painted alone will set you back a good amount, even for the relatively few parts of a naked.
I´d suggest to look around here (links have been given), find what you like and ask specific questions. And if you´ve got any possibility to work on the bike yopurself, you should think about it - labor costs will eat you.

Idea is to have myself and the bike ready for the ladies by summer.
The ladies probably couldn´t care less whether your bike is another color than the stock red. Leaving the repainting out or doing it yourself (depends on your boldness...) will give you more maneuvring room financially.

I also thought of getting an untertail assembly but thoese are expensive, can't i just cut it and install brackets there??
Look here under "fender eliminators". The other topics also might be of interest.

Ciao and good luck
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I see what you're saying and you do make a lot of sense. I was planning on taking the parts off myself hopefully and dropping them off at this paint shop i know on route 1&9 in jersey city. I don't expect it to cost much as i'd like to paint it simple flat black and how hard/expensive could that be? I looked up the $4 door fender eliminator job and i think i''m going to go through with it.
I also came across a front fork thread and will be sending my forks down to traxxion for a $250 upgrade. Hopefully taking the forks out isn't that difficult. Thanks guys.
 

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Here's a tip. Go to google, type in what you're looking for, then add site:svrider.com

Like this:

handlebars site:svrider.com

You'll be surprised how much you can find.

Also, look in the FAQ section. Lots of good stuff there. A whole thread on handlebars, if I recall.
 

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I see what you're saying and you do make a lot of sense. I was planning on taking the parts off myself hopefully and dropping them off at this paint shop i know on route 1&9 in jersey city. I don't expect it to cost much as i'd like to paint it simple flat black and how hard/expensive could that be? I looked up the $4 door fender eliminator job and i think i''m going to go through with it.
I also came across a front fork thread and will be sending my forks down to traxxion for a $250 upgrade. Hopefully taking the forks out isn't that difficult. Thanks guys.
Is that paint shop in JC any good? I'm in NNJ and I'm thinking about getting some stuff powdercoated.

Where are you exactly? During the season, there are a bunch of guys who get together for maintenance days, where you can learn quite a bit by watching and doing it yourself.
 

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'SV650Naked' i'm in jersey city and the paint shop can do a decent job and they're not the best. Let me know when you guys get together for maintenance days as i'd like to learn how to do things myself. Thanks a lot.
 

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I posted some pictures. Now some more advice please. I don't think i'm going to change the paint. So thus far i plan on
1) Changing the exhaust (Yosh pipe waiting to be installed)
2) Cleaning up the undertail
3) Getting the front forks refurbished by traxxion
What else can/should i do without breaking the bank?
 

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Jan thanks for all the links and info. My only concern is that i've never worked on a bike before and i don't want the bike stuck in the garage while i try to fit a new rear shock and the summer passes away. I think i'm going to have my mechanic take care of this. Do you think its possible to fit an gsxr rear shock in an sv in under 2 hours?
 

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Good news, bad news. Bad news is, a lot of shops won't touch stuff like part swaps because they can't say for sure how long something will take. If they can't estimate, they don't want to deal with it. Good news is, swapping a rear shock isn't too tough. I did it myself in an afternoon, first time and all.
 

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"Make My Bike Unique"

Almost every bike I see is matte black now..

Paint the Pipes, they look so much better then wrapped. IMO

Get that suspension fixed up, nobody looks good struggling thru a turn.

SS Brake lines.. Look nice and fuctional too.

Get a undertail plate kit. (the designer that came up with the stock tail should be dragged by it.)

Go thru th bike and take care of any worn parts or services that are need. for sure..

pin-strips, lights, stickers, and such..
 
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