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I don't see any recent ride report type thread, consider posting about yours. Here is my report from today, first good ride on my brand new SV650. First good ride because I bought it Friday and rode home 68 miles, mostly freeway.

Today was 127 miles out along Mulholland Hwy and through some of the canyons including some real tight twisties. Warm in the mountains, overcast and cold in my mesh gear along the coast this AM. Hot and above 90F coming back home to the Valley. Good ride and not much traffic on the good roads.

The thing handles really well in twisties. In the straight bits I found myself short shifting rapidly, trying to keep it under or not much over 5000 RPM. There's no comparison in power to the Monster 1200 I just sold, but it handles easier in the tight stuff and at slow speeds. Specs say it weighs 30 pounds less, and wheelbase is 56.9" vs 59.6" for the Monster. Seat height is a little higher. I am all of 29" inseam and about 140 pounds plus gear, so it is right in my size range.

Can't really say it is a long term keeper after only 195 miles, but so far so good. The Monster had excessive and unnecessary power levels, but that was part of the fun. I think I will be OK with the reduction in power. No need to go 0 - 100 MPH in 4 seconds or whatever craziness. Riding for 40 years now, so did not use all the Monstrous power anyway.

Plus I believe it will be quite a bit less dollar intensive to operate, maintain, insure. First gas fill up today (was full when I got it), showing 188 on odo took 2.814 gallons to pump auto shutoff, so 66.8 MPG. On regular not premium. :D

Ordered swingarm spools, luggage rack, oil filter, crush washers, and gotta have the T shirt. Things I like I tend to keep a long time, so we'll see how this goes. Love it so far. No thread is complete without pics. :cool:

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Nice report Lee, Beautiful bike, and I must admit, I'm jealous of you bitches who live minutes away from twisties. Louisiana is flat and boring. Cheers.
 

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I don't see it. :cautious:
I haven't posted it yet. It'll be along on Friday (thus, the "Friday Ride Video" :)) . It's a little different than what I normally do, going to see what people think of an occasional change of pace. It's up on my YT channel now if you want to see it earlier. Can find the link through the other vids I've posted on here.
 

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Well, you didn’t see a thread because there’s an entire sub-forum devoted to this sort of thing! ‘Touring and Trips’… 😉 Yeah, after sampling a tiny bit of this things nimbleness, I can imagine what it would be like in the canyons. Don’t need the power up there much, either. When you can break 5k and take it up to 8k, it’s a bit better, but is still no 1200. My only complaint is that it sounds a bit like a tractor. Does yours have the Dunlop RoadSmart 3’s on it? How do you find them?

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You landed a great looking SV Lee, I especially like the black with the gunmetal tubular frame. It will be a lot more fun when you can ignore that 5k rpm ceiling. Mine never goes that low :D I keep it between 6500 and probably 9k, it seems happy up there.
I miss these individual ride-report threads. I wanted to do one last Monday as I got my SV out for a bit for the holiday. I didn't take photos though, so that would be boring.
 

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Does yours have the Dunlop RoadSmart 3’s on it? How do you find them?
It does have them. They have yellow lines running around the circumference but not in the center. I leaned a little past the line on the rear and not quite to it on the front. So my chicken strips are pretty good, I am not pushing the envelope. Anyway, tires seem fine. Will see how they last and feel as I go along, and past the break in.

Talked to insurance, surprise it is not going down, but up $30 per year.
 

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That IS a surprise. One reason I picked this bike is because it was one of the cheapest, insurance-wise. Though most ‘older’ bikes were the same or less, cause older. Let me know about the tires, cause I figure you’d be more aggressive than I with those beautiful curvy roads all around you. I’m also a bit of a ‘fraidy cat, though my father said I was getting surprisingly low on some pretty sharp corners for being relatively inexperienced. Probably 1/2”- 3/4” strips in the rear? It’s all bike, though. Just seems to eat up the twisties!
 

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Added 125 miles today, up to 321. Little Tujunga Canyon Rd, Soledad Cy, Boquet Cyn which has lots of nice fresh pavement, and Little TJ again in the other direction. Got a bottle of some Strawberry Kiwi drink. Two or 3 more Sunday rides and it should be first service time. It's not a horse, I did not tie it to the railing. Good times. :)

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damn yr right up where I used to ride regularly BITD, ill be ready to roll again here in a cpl of weeks, I'll be following these ride threads and may have to post a cpl of my own as i get back into the swing.

I'm out in ventura county nowdays, also an " oldster" lol, my local ridin buddy likes short rides, agoura to the beach and grab some lunch & run the canyons back & that's it... his partner keeps him on a short as leash i assume.....I prefer longer rides and actually going somewhere for a little bit at least.... ill be upgrading the seat on my bike here soon,... should be good for much longer spells ;-)

nice pics!
 

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I do Hwy 33, maybe up and over then back via Lockwood or Cerro and I-5 or something once in a while. But makes for a long ride. Same with 150 by the coast, good ride but a bunch of Freeway for me.

The bottom / south end of Little TJ is about 15 - 16 miles from me, and those roads seem to have less squids than some others. I usually try to run at least 100 miles.
 
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