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Hi everyone!  I picked up my '01 SV650  (5,3xx miles) yesterday and promptly road 100+ miles getting a feel for it.  After riding a GS500 for 3 years, the SV is  :eek: !

Anyway, this bike was a really good deal and I couldn't pass it up...it's been modified quite a bit and I need some help figuring things out.

Mods:
- Replaced stock light housing with dual light setup (don't know the brand - it's a nice brushed aluminium look)
- Some sort of fender eliminator/undertray...it's plastic up until the end of the tail where it's a thin sheet metal
- Two Brothers pipe (full system/slip on)
- Fork Emulators (again, not sure of the brand)
- GSXR Shock
- Lower Bars (not sure of the brand here either)
- Custom paint job on the tank

So to my questions:
1.) Currently there are no turn signals (front or back). Are there wiring diagrams online that I can figure out how to put some back on?
2.) The front shocks seem softer than the GS500 (100% stock) I was riding previously...what do the emulators do exactly?  Should I just put 20W in?
3.) 2 bolts on the bottom of the bike - 1 is the oil drain plug I assume (~14 mm) and the other is an 8mm allen...what is this one? (It's leaking)
4.) After riding for a few hours off and on...I noticed a whining noise that seemed to be getting louder (similar to this thread: http://forum.svrider.com/index.php?topic=38330.0 ) I checked the front sprocket and it says "20T"?? Should it be fairly obvious if the rubber insulators aren't on there?
5.) Last noise I also noticed near the end of my ride was a sort of clunking/tapping that seemed to come from the back end.  I could feel it through the heel gaurds...what's that about?
6.) Last question: How do I get the main seat off?


Thanks for all the help...sorry this post is so long.  :p
 

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something's gotta be wrong, I can't imagine a 20t front sprocket, sprocket specialist that makes the widest range I know of only goes to 17t with a 525 and 18t with a 520
 

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algreen said:
a 20T front sprocket is a crazy-short gear ratio. What were your RPMs while cruising at 80 on the highway?
I wanna say in 6th gear at 80 MPH it's between 5500 and 6000 RPM.  I'll have to check it again to see if there are any other markings.

The higher number of teeth on the front sprocket  = higher top speed, right?

Thanks for the replies! Rivited, that wiring diagram is just what I need!

Edit: Okay, so I'm a retard...the marking was 20F. Hey, it's dirty and F is almost a T. :p
So I counted the teeth and there are 15 on the front. The rear has 45-525 on it.
 

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No prob. ;)

Easiest thing would be to just count the teeth. No? ???
 

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So to my questions:

2.) The front shocks seem softer than the GS500 (100% stock) I was riding previously...what do the emulators do exactly?  Should I just put 20W in?

3.) 2 bolts on the bottom of the bike - 1 is the oil drain plug I assume (~14 mm) and the other is an 8mm allen...what is this one? (It's leaking)

5.) Last noise I also noticed near the end of my ride was a sort of clunking/tapping that seemed to come from the back end.  I could feel it through the heel gaurds...what's that about?
(2) the (front shocks) are called forks, how heavy are you? do you know how heavy the previous rider was? you might need sosme heavier springs and possibly oil, the emulators dampen the front suspension, so you're not riding a pogo stick down the road, ther are ways to adjust them but you must take the forks apart, i'm not a suspension guru so i'll stop now


(3)i'll check on mine tomorrow to see what it is


(5) i'd take the rear wheel off and check the bearing, and make sure the rear axle is in proper allignment, it could be too little chain slack, i run about 2" of slack myself, i think the factory recommendations are way too tight
 

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Welcome to the board... and as one of many GS500 --> SV650 upgraders, let me be the first to say that its a great choice. But, like the GS500 it needs a little TLC to get to where it should be. I did the progressive springs and a Katana 600 shock on my GS... it was better but never great. On the SV I've done Racetech (the brand you were looking for) emulators, .85 kg/mm constant rate springs, 20W oil, and a specially reworked GSXR shock. Its great, though a little on the stiff side for street riding.

One thing you'll find out quickly is that the center stand on the GS was a blessing. You won't believe some of the crap you have to go through on the SV just to get the front or rear ends off the ground. There is a center stand kit available (see the Tips N' Tricks section), and it might be worthwhile.

Glad to have you with us!
 

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Alright, a couple more gstwiners ;D. I just got my SVS a week ago after riding the GS for 3 years, I agree with you when the forks are worse on the SV, I cant wait to get my SV set up as good as I had my GS.
 

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(5) i'd take the rear wheel off and check the bearing, and make sure the rear axle is in proper allignment, it could be too little chain slack, i run about 2" of slack myself, i think the factory recommendations are way too tight
Nice avatar - "Brother!"

At what point on the chain do you check the slack?

Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm working on getting the Owner's manual and service manual so I won't have to ask as many simple questions...

One other thing...my clutch lever is very tight and the clutch "catch point" is very close to the end as it's released. Is this typical for an SV?
 

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Nice avatar - "Brother!"

At what point on the chain do you check the slack?

One other thing...my clutch lever is very tight and the clutch "catch point" is very close to the end as it's released.  Is this typical for an SV?
In the middle of the chain. It should just barely hit the bottom of the swingarm while on the sidestand. I guess depending on your sprocket size. I don't think you have a 20 tooth front. Even if there was such a thing it would hit the gear shift shaft on most bikes.

The clutch is easy to adjust. Screw the adjuster towards the lever in your case.
 
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