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Old 07-18-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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So now I have a technical question for the SV riders out there. So I have now ridden two different SVs the 03 and 06 that I own. I feel like the 06 is much more squirrelly than the 03. I wanted to know if there was some sort of fork modification on the 06 model that makes them seem less "stuck" to the ground or if I should assume the 03 has had some work done to make the forks beefier. I feel like the 03 didn't bounce and was better grounded as I went down the road but may be my imagination since I still haven't retrieved it from Louisiana. However I rode it all the time before coming to Houston and I feel like there is a significant difference.
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there is a slight difference in suspension geometry. notice the trail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_SV650

Id like to get some gsxr forks for my 2001 but im kinda weary on how much work that will require.
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to get an accurate evaluation of the 2 sv's, have you had the suspensions professionally set to your weight?
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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Not so far. I just recently got the 06 and had no complaints about how the 03 suspension acted seemed fairly grounded. I was going to take the 03 over to have the forks set up for my weight since I want to start setting it up as a track bike as I develop my skills more and more. It looks like at the very least some fork work is on the horizon for the 06 as well since I don't feel as confident with its feel.
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I found the stock forks on SVs of any year to be way too soft.
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get them both set before you go making judgements about handling. it makes more of a difference than you could ever imagine
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I wasn't making judgements saying that the 06 was somehow flawed I just wanted to find out if there was a difference that I was unaware of. I realize that suspension makes a huge difference in handling. I may be new but I don't feel as if the 03 that I own has the 5 inches of travel that the spec claims which leaves me to suspect it has been previously set up. I was just simply taken off guard by the difference between the two since I thought that the 03 had the stock fork set up.
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I own a 03 1000n and the first things I did when I got her was sticky tires and susp. set up for my fat . Made it handle like a different bike. Patrick over @ Motorcycles Unlimited will set you up for like $30...do it! Then take her to the nearest track and have fun!
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Not much adjustment on stock SV forks.
A set of racetech valves/emulators/springs will make a nice difference though.
No more floaty feeling, but still plush enough for street riding.
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Because you aren't the first owner of either bike, you could only make assumptions that both have stock internal/oil on the front. Old oil and even fork oil height can make a difference in feel. Could even be preload adjustment or preload spacers.

New springs and oil are probably needed for both at a bare minimum including a new rear shock.

Track it, get emulators and decent shock in the rear.
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I check the part numbers for the forks and some other front end parts between the 06 and 03s and they're the same. Perhaps the 03 had some work done on the forks before you bought it...?

Unfortunately there isn't a lot of suspension adjustment that they can do on the SVs except the preload adjuster and only helps a little if you weight the same as a feather. Racetech springs/emulators/fork oil in the front and penske or ohlins in the back all set up for your weight will be your best bet if you want a good set up.
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A set of racetech valves/emulators/springs will make a nice difference though.
that.

or a GSXR fork swap.
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My 03 1000n has both preload and rebound adjustments on the forks + heavier oil= no floaty for me... rear shock just plain sucks unless you weigh as much as a 14 year old girl..saving up for a rear shock..christmas maybe..; )
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I bought an 08 zx6r shock for mine on ebay for total cost of ~$80. Installation took an afternoon only cause I needed to find some way to suspend the rear.

The difference was HUGE, it all over the stock unit. Of course, a shock actually designed for the bike would beat it hands down, but for 10x the cost...
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or a GSXR fork swap.
I honestly think this is one of the big misconceptions about an SV. Throw a GXSR front end on it and everything will be good. If they aren't sprung or valved for the bike, they are still pretty much a misapplication.

Now if you are going to go the extra mile and put proper springs and valving, then yes, the additional braking power is a definite advantage.

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Yeah it is gonna be a while until I am fast so I just wanna get something set up on both bikes that I can be confident on.
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Are the tires and air pressures different between the two bikes?...just a thought.
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Yeah, I put Michelin Pilot Powers on the 03 but I had the original Pilot Roads on it before that. The bike felt grounded on both but the Pilot Roads almost cost me a high side on Old Sawmill near Lafayette and I replaced them. My rear tire started hopping sideways in one of the corners 3 or 4 times. I was pretty lucky that I got through by keeping a level head and not panicking. The 06 has Continental Road Attacks on it... a lay over from the previous owner. I am wanting to switch over to some Pilot Powers since they seem to fit my needs on the street really well. I think the Road Attacks are harder in the middle than the Pilot Powers but probably not harder than the Pilot Roads I rode on for several months on the 03...
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I have '04 GSXR 1k front end on my bike and the suspension is great- really soft... of course I weigh little more than a 14 yr old girl... :/
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