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I'm looking to buy my first bike. I took the MSF class and the instructors feel that with Colorado hilly roads a used sv650 is a good choice for me as long as I respect the throttle. I'm finding used SVs in Colorado seem more expensive then blue book. I sorta hoped to get something in the $2500 range but its been tough finding anything that low. What do you think of the two bikes below?

http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/1044351507.html


http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/1025232186.html

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I would recommend Gen2 (2003 up) if you don't know much about bikes/engines. Fuel injection is much more user friendly.
 

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The 2002 (depending on mileage) looks like a better deal. Don't worry about the carbs. If they are tuned right, in sync and clean, the bike will run fine.

I'd be wary of the Blue. He mentioned a repaint which could indicate recent damage. It also seems steep for the mileage.
 

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How many miles on the yellow one?
 

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Of the two, definitely the naked; the 2001 looks too much like someone looking to unload a bike, rather than someone who looked after their ride, and is moving on. Just a hunch
 

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Actually, the FI map on the SV is open-loop meaning that it doesn't change with varying O2 levels. There is no O2 sensor in the 49-state model.
Didn't know that. Then I guess there is no real benefit to the original poster to get a newer model.

Ridesyeti, I'd see if that red 2001 model is still available. Its probably worth a drive. What is it, about an hour drive?
 

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Thanks for the input. I don't know the mileage on the 2002 naked. I need to call the seller. Any idea how difficult and costly it is to add a 3/4 fairing?

This one is nice but out of my price range.

http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/1043655162.html

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Are you talking about adding upper fairings to a naked bike? Its not that easy or cheap, especially if you are trying to keep it looking stock. They use different instrument clusters, different headlights, handlebars, triple clamps, etc. If you are talking about that yellow bike, you'd also have to custom paint the parts to match because the S model was never offered in the US in a yellow color. IMHO, if you want a bike with fairings, you are better off finding one that already has them.

Have you called to see if that red one in Colorado Springs is still available? That one looks nice and the price is realistic too.
 

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Actually, the FI map on the SV is open-loop meaning that it doesn't change with varying O2 levels. There is no O2 sensor in the 49-state model.
Really? I had no clue, but never looked for an O2! I'm surprised, but curious as to why you wouldn't design for one. Efficiency is better.
 
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