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Old 08-27-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Making my SV650S more comfortable

I find myself using the bike to commute more often than anything, which is really the main reason I got it to begin with.

The bike is great for commuting. It gets good mileage, is low maintenance and initial cost was also low.

One problem: It's uncomfortable as .

I think the number one source is the clip-ons, which leave you leaning ridiculously far forward.
Number two would probably be the pegs sitting too high and far back, but most of the pain is in my lower back and wrists, so I'd say the handlebars are the first thing I need to fix.

I found some old posts online at SVrider.com and SV650.org...but to be honest I'm not very good at modifying/working on vehicles. I'm looking for someone local who has swapped their clip on's for tube style bars. I would like to copy your project, that way if I run into any problems I can get you to help me in exchange for some beers or something...and don't let your imagination run too wild on the "or something" part.

That or maybe you have a clean naked SV with less than 10k on it that you want to trade for a nice S model haha
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You can get a bar kit for it to put risers on it.... I actually know a guy that might have them for sale at a less than retail price if you are interested in them.

Edit: When he put his on his S ... i made fun of him even after he sold it but I think they are up for grabs.
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You can get a bar kit for it to put risers on it.... I actually know a guy that might have them for sale at a less than retail price if you are interested in them.

Edit: When he put his on his S ... i made fun of him even after he sold it but I think they are up for grabs.
Hrm...I wonder how different the risers would be VS tubular bars.

Either way if the price is right, I might pick his kit up if you could please find out how much he wants for it.
I hadn't thought about risers and had mainly researched switching to tubular bars, which required new cables and drilling(my main concern with the project)

Do the risers just bolt on or are there other things involved?
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Thayleal- Are his something like this? http://www.indysuperbikes.com/produc...FUVo7AodqSkAkg

Those look perfect, but it does say "longer lines may be required"

Either way if there is no way around running longer lines, I guess I need to suck it up and do it
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that will depend on how high you have them. also some good thigh and ab workouts will help you from using your hands and back from doing all the work.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:37 PM   #7
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:37 PM   #8
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Then again if I'm going to run new lines, maybe I should just switch to the tubular bars from a naked SV.

Surely SOMEONE on here either is, or knows someone in the process of converting their SV to a race bike and will do an even trade for the triple clamp, risers, handlebars and clutch cable
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Another thing that will help for commuting..
As an SV owner I can tell you the stock seat sucks ..
I have a Corbin and it is way more comfortable. Sergeant also makes a good seat. IMO - well worth the money if you are going to spend a lot of seat time.
I commute almost everyday on mine.
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Good point mr. M I think I will likely get the corbin as well, I had already been looking at it and it looks comfy. Im think that will also help woth the lower back/hip pain.

Another item on the radar is the touring windshield
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His are tubular bars... if you want to ask him about price pm me your contact info and ill let him know. He is Xlyo on here but never logs on.
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I bought the Ducati Performance "touring" seat for my old monster and it kinda blows. I will probably have the original seat refoamed. Something to check into.
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Heli bars and a Sargent seat. Corbin is hit and miss on quality and you will not be able to return it.
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Bro....300 dollars for clip-on handle bars? Why?!

How can they possibly justify that price tag.
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if you want to keep your clip ons try some convertibars,

if you want to switch to an actual handle bar setup (non clipon) then you'll either need to swap both upper and lower triple tree or have ur upper tree modified (drilled) to accept bar risers.

Just know that if you go the handlebar route and get risers + extenders (or change your trees and get risers on the handlebars) you could make your tank un-hingeable (to work on it) so you'd have to remove your handle bars to raise the tank.

also shaving the seat can make the slanted feel of the seat go away. if your hunched over too far and you even the seat out then correct the bars its a pretty comfy bike.

i have a naked sv650 and i would prob not care for the clip-ons but OEM this bike is just fine EXCEPT for the slant in the seat, it makes riding two up very difficult. my cover on my seat just tore so im actually going to shave the seat myself and re-cover it.
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Hmmm...I'm starting to wonder if changing the seat would make a bigger difference. Maybe I'll try that before I go drilling and replacing parts.

I really don't like the idea of the tank not being hinged. I hadn't heard about that until now.

I think I'm going to opt for replacing the seat VS shaving it. When I go to sell the bike, I can sell the aftermarket seat and replace the original.
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i don't have a sv, but i just installed Driven 1.5" 0degree clipon risers on my 06 gsxr and they make a of a difference for commuting. not sure how high you can go on the sv without having to extend anything. driven doesn't make clipon risers in 41mm for the sv, but woodcraft does and it's only $180 retail.
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i don't have a sv, but i just installed Driven 1.5" 0degree clipon risers on my 06 gsxr and they make a of a difference for commuting. not sure how high you can go on the sv without having to extend anything. driven doesn't make clipon risers in 41mm for the sv, but woodcraft does and it's only $180 retail.

Okay so woodcraft seems to be highly recommended.

However, you guys all know I'm jewish deep down. how critical is it to get high quality handlebars? I mean it's a tiny piece of aluminum. Why is it 200+ dollars?

has anyone heard of these? The price is right.

http://www.fastfromthepast.com/servl...dlebars/Detail

Apparently you can raise them up to 3" without changing any cables or lines. That would make these just about perfect at 2.8"
Buddha-You mentioned 1.5" making a of a difference. Do you think 2.8" would be too much?
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One thing you might be able to try that would be free... mount the clip-ons above the triple tree. It would require raising the forks in the tree by the 2" or whatever thickness the clip on mount is, but would get your bars up a little higher without having to buy any different parts.

edit: sounds like that idea isn't widely accepted in the SV community. try out this thread: http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=151277
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theyleals friend is selling this kit for 150:http://www.topyokes.com/fix_the_pain..._position:/307

Seems like a legit deal considering having all that shipped would be over 300 bucks. The only thing holding me back is the amount of work it is compared to just using clip on risers.

I'm still wondering what the advantage of tubular bars would be over clip on risers...it's a lot more work and more expensive, so why would someone opt for the tubular bars?
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