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Old 12-31-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Okay so I am going to get a 2007 sv650 (naked) as my first bike. I'm planning on using it this upcoming summer for fairly long trips (~1100 miles over several days). How much does not having fairings/windshield impact handling at highway speeds? Does anyone have any experience going long distances on a naked bike? Are there windshields that can go on a naked bike? Thanks again guys.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Did a 5500 mile trip on a Speed Triple and a few 2k mile trips. It can suck a bit if you're riding across a windy desert for a few hundred miles but suck it up. Parts of Utah and New Mexico were done at 100+mph for hours at a time with winds 20-30mph. All part of the experience of the trip for me while I'm young and dumb enough. I am sure I'll get a comfy sport tourer at some point. Answer to your question, get the bike you want and you can adapt it to do anything you want really.
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get the bike you want and you can adapt it to do anything you want really.
That is true I suppose. I've heard of people touring on ninja 250s...
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Okay so I am going to get a 2007 sv650 (naked) as my first bike. I'm planning on using it this upcoming summer for fairly long trips (~1100 miles over several days). How much does not having fairings/windshield impact handling at highway speeds? Does anyone have any experience going long distances on a naked bike? Are there windshields that can go on a naked bike? Thanks again guys.
80+MPH on 290 from here to Austin on my KZ is pretty exhausting, I've gone from Houston to San-Antonio on the KZ and that was--It's an exciting rush? The wind kicking your as you keep up with traffic.
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Good choice on a first bike. Wind won't be a big deal. If you get in windy conditions, it's going to be noticeable on whatever bike you're riding.

Definitely recommend a windscreen. SV's have one, though...?
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:45 PM   #6
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80+MPH on 290 from here to Austin on my KZ is pretty exhausting, I've gone from Houston to San-Antonio on the KZ and that was--It's an exciting rush? The wind kicking your as you keep up with traffic.
I'd like to keep it as least exciting as possible haha
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Good choice on a first bike. Wind won't be a big deal. If you get in windy conditions, it's going to be noticeable on whatever bike you're riding.

Definitely recommend a windscreen. SV's have one, though...?
I don't think the SV650 naked has a windscreen. The SV650S with full fairings does though. I could be wrong and the seller decided to skimp out on the windscreen and didn't tell me...
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Windscreen's make naked bikes look wrong. Adapt to riding without one it really isn't a big deal.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:38 AM   #9
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I tour throughout the world on naked bikes. They work great for that kind of riding. A short windshield is needed to reduce fatigue on your arms and back for long days. Try to get one that will reduce the wind noise also but wear earplugs either way.

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i have never ridden much over 750 miles in one day, but nakeds were all i had ever owned until last year....and follow the ear plug advice, they will make a huge difference in how tired you feel at the end of the day...i rode from houston to las cruces new mexico one day and forgot my ear plugs, i was exhausted and could hear road noise in my ears for a couple hours in the motel room that night.
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It will be fine. Plus it being your first bike you wont be able to tell the difference. lol
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I used to tour on an SV 650. I had a National Cycle windscreen which made it a bit more comfortable but the handlebars were kind of low with less wind to hold me upright.

Just try it naked first. I agree with the earplugs naked or not.
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Before the 70's naked bikes was pretty much all there was. Craig Vetter changed all that.
If you can find a removable wind screen, not too big, to fit your bike while travelling, it will make you more comfortable.
On the other hand, it aint so bad. I agree with Txag, try a trip without and see how it goes. If you were good then... well, you're good.
If it sucked then, you're a . WAIT, I mean, see if you can find a windscreen to fit. lol j/k
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #14
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I tour throughout the world on naked bikes. They work great for that kind of riding. A short windshield is needed to reduce fatigue on your arms and back for long days. Try to get one that will reduce the wind noise also but wear earplugs either way.

Here are pics of my travels on 3 different naked bikes. Alaska, Chicago, Scotland.
I might have to look into a short windshield. BTW nice pic of the chicago skyline near the Shedd. I was there last night for NYE fireworks
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Might consider an airhawk seat cushion or an aftermarket seat.
Use an airhawk on my sv650n and it helps out on long rides.
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Windscreen's make naked bikes look wrong. Adapt to riding without one it really isn't a big deal.
Don't offer stupid advice.
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Yeah, its not a big deal. I used to ride for hours every day doing deliveries here and there.

It becomes part of riding.
At first you will notice a huge wall of air pounding your chest, but then you don't notice it.

A good helmet will make a bigger difference than a windscreen IMO.
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check whether if you can at least fit a windshield. That should reduce quiet a bit of fatigue.
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A little deflector shield takes a lot of pressure off your upper body and gives you something to hide behind if you run into rain (you will if you tour long and far enough). Get the clear kind and it won't look terrible. Technically, you are still naked with a deflector shield.

Screen or not, get properly geared up.

Vetter popularized large add-on motorcycle faring for the masses. Then Prince ruined it for me.
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