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I can suggest doign what i and many many others have done.
These are no hype upgrades as i am finding out for myself.

Upgrade your brakelines to galfer, or equivalent steel braided performance brakelines. This is easy to do and Really helps boost the feel and power of your front brakes. Dont bother with the rear.. you dont need more feel or power back there. Wth mine i can practically feel the brake pads moving on the discs through the lever when i squeeze!! brakes are improved.

Swapping the springs and oil in yoru forks will provide you witha night and day difference to the handling characteristics of yoru bike without making the ride harsh. Infact, it refines the suspension and it performs WAY better than I or you coudl have imagined before doing the job. It took me about three hours, taking my time and was quite easy with the help of many guys on this board including Rich at SonicSprings.com. Go to the website and research the proper spring rate for your body and riding style. after you have determined the spring rate you need, you can get recommendations here for oil wieght. It will REALLY help alot!!.

Second. Also very popular and not too difficult is swapping the rear shock for a GSXR rear shock. Im putting a gsxr750 shock on mine as i got one for a reasonable price used (40.00usd shipped) off of another svrider board member. The adjustability of this shock i have no doubt will also reallyl help in the handing department and if it helps even 25% of how well the fork sprigns upgrade helped the sv i am going to be Super pleased! Apparently this upgrade is just as great!

Lastly, I am also planning on rasing the rear end up a bit using shorter dogbone links for the rear shock. (the gsxr shock is about the same length so it doesnt really alter the ride height.) Raisign the rear end up, or raising ride height, changes the geometry up front, steepening the angle of the forks and shortening the 'trail', which in essence should quicken up the 'flip flop' handling aspect you speak of. it will quicken up the sterring and handling.

So far i have only completed the fork upgrade and the brake lines done but, wow!... I am confident that these other upgrades i am plannign in addition will help your bike just as much as mine has and will be more.

Hoepfully some of the other guys and gals on this site can put their two cents in and help you get that ride quality you are lookign fo rout of your sv, without spending a fortune.

Forks = ~ $110USD
Shock= ~ $40USD
shorter Dogbones= ~$60.00 ish....maybe less.
Galfer Brakelines=~ $100

if you want more power, a performance pipe and pommer commander with the proper fuel map loaded should add about 10% more power and responsivlness to yoru engine by allowing it to burn a little more fuel, in a little more air, alot more efficiently.

if you really want to spend some bucks, lighter wheels and better tires will help handling even more. different sprockets apparently can add to the acceleration of your bike aswell.

anyways, have fun and if you are to do only one or two upgrades i woudl say forksprigns and oil and either rearshock or brake lines second. all the work i did on my bike i did on my own so you can too. the mechanics invlolved in these upgrades isnt rocket science and only requires a determined mind a little reading for familiarity and a torque wrench.

cheers

Andrew

ps, my sv is my first bike and my first dabble into any sort of mechanics, repairs or upgrades, so you shouldnt have any problems. If your lazy you canhire a mehcninc to do the wrenching.
 

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preload wont do anything to improve yoru shocks or forks unless they are set wrong. All prelaod does is put presure on the springs, or preload them with pessure so that when yoru bodywight is on them in riding, they compress optimally for your weight.. preload is kinda like adding or removing weight from the bike to best work with the springs...sorta stiffenign them up, requiring more pressure to take ahold of the preapplied pressure and then add more.. You want a certain amount of pressure on the springs to account for your weight which allows the spring to travel optimally, or react optimally for your weight .. Its kinda like setting sag. its difficult for me to explain but, all i can say is at 200lbs the stock springs and oil are way too light for you. they were way too light for me too and i weight 140lbs.

Twist the preload on the forks up two lines and see how you feel. It may improve the ride a bit. with your weight you may actualy need to twist it all the way down, if you want.. just do that.. With the rear shock though, you may want to start by adding one setting at a time. each notch on the preload in the rear shock has a more noticable effect than the front just due to design. ..for instance if you were riding two up, and doubling yoru weight on the bike.... you woudl want to add a notch or two or three of preload to compensate for the weight of the secodn rider (who would be farther back and have more leverage) ... its allso difficult to explain but go about adjustign the preload in the back slowly... add one notch at a time and ride for a while... say 15 miutes at least and try and get inot some twisty roads... dont push yourself too hard as the bike will feel different and you dotn want to hurt yoruself of course.

im sure some others on this site will have soem more good advice on adjustign the rear. anyways good luck. hope this helped and sorry if its difficult to understand... im new at sharing such info.
 

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dampenening im sure, is what you want to add to a shock when you have the right sprign rate.... or even with the wrgon sprign rate it can help.

dampening slows the speed or rate at which the forks or shocks move. ni the forks, a heavyer oil will give you the dampenign you want. (its a shame thate the stock forks dotn have an adjustemnt.) The gsxr shock is desirable because it has a slightly heavier spring and has some, (but limited) dampening adjustment...

rebound and compression dampening is what stops the pogolike action of a spring. the stock rear shock doesnt have enough rebound dampening so it compresses then bounces back faster.

anyways..enough words from me....
 
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