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Old 07-13-2011, 08:14 AM   #21
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:40 AM   #22
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I totally glazed over your post. Sorry about that. Yeah I got a couple months before I can even ride again but I am excited. Thank you for the advice! You have any suggestions of brand of track fairings.
Cheap. Chances are you are going to go down and rash them up, maybe break them. A lot of guys ride naked; no big deal. You have given good advice. Add it up and have fun.

Where are you that you can't ride right now? That sucks.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:19 AM   #23
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Where are you that you can't ride right now? That sucks.
He mentioned being health insuranceless in another thread.


And yeah, just ride the bike naked till you come across a deal on some fairings.

Don't some of the newer SV's rearsets move the pegs up and back a little? May be a cheap way to get where you need without spending coin on an actual race set.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:37 AM   #24
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He mentioned being health insuranceless in another thread.


And yeah, just ride the bike naked till you come across a deal on some fairings.

Don't some of the newer SV's rearsets move the pegs up and back a little? May be a cheap way to get where you need without spending coin on an actual race set.
I don't have health insurance. I added medical to my moto insurance, though.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:04 PM   #25
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Just wanted to thank everyone for their advice. Looks like I will be setting the 03 up to hit the track a bit. Only hurdle now is I drive a mazda 3 and no trailer so looks like I have until my insurance kicks in and I upgrade my moto insurance to figure out that little problem.

Thanks again everyone and I look forward to riding with you guys in the future.
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Sounds good guys! Thanks alot for the advice. I have about 2 months before I will see a bike again so maybe I can flesh out what it will take to set up the bikes that way. I was kind of hoping some of the SV riders were gonna chime in. I will check back later.
Racetech Emulators
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Suspension and tires first, go fast mods second.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:04 PM   #27
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Do you suggest the Traxxion Racetech kit with the premachined dampers and springs. Also if I weigh 190lbs without gear what weight oil would you suggest. I am kind of starting to put together a budget to make the modifications. Also I currently have some fairly new Michelin Pilot Powers on it which I like but not sure they will be ok for the track. What is the consensus on tire choices for the SV650 on the track. Also do I want to go with a higher profile tire rather than the 60 profile rear and 70 profile front I currently am running.
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Ive got 20wt with 0.95 springs and emulators (set at 3.5 turns in I think) in my front end, with modified OEM damper rods, its a little stiff for around town but I like it that way. Granted I have 10 lbs on you.

I have a 70 up front. And get almost full travel of the suspension under hard braking. I think my tubes are 9 mm above the triples.

For the rear I've got a ZX10r, which works well, but really would like to upgrade to an aftermarket shock.

Tire I run BT016 but then again this is my daily ride and not a dedicated track bike. For a dedicated track bike, you will want something different likely.

Again, this is my setup and I like the way it works. But as I said before, despite the 5 SVs I've had, there are plenty around here who have forgotten more than I will ever know about the SV.


I cant stress enough, tire and suspension first, all the other stuff (exhaust, PC3, clipons) last.

You could also swap to GSXR front end, but the benefit vs cost is a much debated subject on SVrider.com

Sorry for rambling.
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Well I will probably do the upgrades as I go. I will probably start with the forks and strip off plastics, take squoddybody's advice on the vapor cluster, new rear sets and take a track class or two. I did some research and the rear shock isnt going to take a whole lot of thrashing with my weight..

I really wonder if it would be ok for a couple track classes before I have to step it up just so I don't have to wait to do each and every mod before I see a track.
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Springs (used) and oil can be done for under $75 will make a night and day difference in front end feel. Start there and work your way up to a fully competent suspension, if $$$ are a concern.

I might even know where some springs are that might be available shorty. Let me PM that person and find out.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:13 AM   #31
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You can take the bike just like it sits and do a couple track days.

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Pilot powers are good tires i ran them on about 5 trackdays when i was starting out on my R6. Went from running 2:20's at TWS (Texas World Speedway) down to 2:05's in my first trackday season. Then i needed a new rear and ended up with a Diablo Corsa 3. The street tires hold up well until you get pretty serious with your pace IMO.

Also the SV650S already has a slightly higher and farther back foot peg than the unfaired SV650 i believe. Some new racing rearsets are going to be important though to give you some extra room when you are leaning. Some beginners have trouble leaning off the bike at first and the pegs will scrape from what ive seen.
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yep, good idea to remove the "curb feelers" off the pegs, if they are still there...
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Cool Jason. Keep me posted!
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Do you suggest the Traxxion Racetech kit with the premachined dampers and springs. Also if I weigh 190lbs without gear what weight oil would you suggest. I am kind of starting to put together a budget to make the modifications. Also I currently have some fairly new Michelin Pilot Powers on it which I like but not sure they will be ok for the track. What is the consensus on tire choices for the SV650 on the track. Also do I want to go with a higher profile tire rather than the 60 profile rear and 70 profile front I currently am running.
i'd recommend regular old dino 10w-40 or 20w-50 since its so freaking hot here in Houston. those tires will also be fine until you pick up the pace. don't stress to much about tires, yet lol.
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