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I have a question about the priming pump that engages before starting the SV. I think it is the fuel pump, but if that is wrong someone please correct me.

I purchased a 2003 SV650 about a year ago, and have put several thousand miles on it so far. I always park the bike in 1st gear, and have always noticed that when I go to start the bike, I put the key in and turn it, then once I put it in Neutral I hear the pump engage. For the first time this week I noticed several instances where the pump started priming before I put it in Neutral (while still in first gear).

I am not sure what is totally normal for this bike yet, and I am hoping that it will not be an issue, but I know that this is the right place to ask these kinds of questions.

Thanks in advance!!!
 

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When you turn the ignition to the ON position, the fuel pump will prime. Doesn't matter if the gearbox is in neutral or any gear. What you experienced is normal operation. The sound you hear is actually the pressure regulator, not the fuel pump priming, but all is well.
 
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