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Old 08-14-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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SV650 question: part out, stock, or track

I wanted to get the opinion of some of you more experienced guys/gals. So after doing my first track day, I am hooked. Since I dont have unlimited funds, I have chosen to ride only on the track. Here is the problem though: I wrecked the bike at the first track day. It's an 03 SV650s. Here is the question: Do I fix the bike, sell it, and buy a track prepped bike (wera board for example) OR leave the bike alone and sell it as is and still buy a track bike, OR convert my bike to a track bike.

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parts that need to be replaced: tail plastics, windscreen, fairing stay, subframe (might be able to be bent back), exhaust can, upper fairing support (plastic piece around speedo), right frame slider, brake lever, brake pedal, right peg,

parts that can be reused: upper fairing (cracked/scratched), lower fairings (scratched), headlight (one out of 6 fastner locations was broken)

I am just not sure what the cost would be to fix the bike with the stock bits.

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Old 08-14-2007, 09:32 PM   #2
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I would take it by Motorcycles Unlimited and have then look at it.....and if they say its all good I would convert it to a track bike
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fix it and track that baby out.

and who says that tail section needs to be replaced? if it's only a trackbike, bring it by my shop, and i'll plastic weld it for you, no charge (when i have free time of course). if you want it looking perfect, then buy a new tail piece....or buy some race bodywork.
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oh yeah, sell whatever you don't need for the track....like headlights passenger pegs, or whatever else you may not need.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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I would take it by Motorcycles Unlimited and have then look at it.....and if they say its all good I would convert it to a track bike
right, but the question is about cost here. I am thinking it would be cheaper to buy a prepped bike rather than try to prep mine. But then again, factoring in the cost of fixing mine and selling it might make a big difference.

Also, aren't the 03 SV's the one year people have had some crank issues with?
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We are almost in the same boat as you! While both are bike are in excellent condition( Thank the Lord) we really need a dedicated track bike! We are on the fence on whether we should track out the Honda or sell it and buy a already prepped trackbike! We haven't ridden on the street in months, but we can't make ourselves give up street riding all together! What to do? What to do?

So my advice would be to just track out your bike, since it need repairing anyway!
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id track it out. you obviously haven't seen very many track bikes have you?

There are some mighty ugly bikes out there that do nothing more than hit the track.
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TRACK TRACK TRACK TRACK TRACK TRACK!!!

You are going to like riding on the street less and less if you ask me. Just go ahead and track it out.
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If you're bike is crashed already, you're not going to get much $$ for it anyways... so selling it and buying a race prepped bike isn't going to save you much, if any $$.

Go check out the SV forums and you'll be able to pick up all you need to make it a great trackbike for real cheap.

Really, all you'll need to make a badass trackbike is Ohlins/Penske rear shock and some RaceTech internals for the forks.
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thanks for the responses so far....here is the thing though. If I bought a track bike, it would probably come with a nice suspension (ohlins or penske rear), maybe a nice master cyl, nice rearsets, etc etc. All I have is a raceteched front, ss brake lines, and a $30 zx6 shock.
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If you're bike is crashed already, you're not going to get much $$ for it anyways... so selling it and buying a race prepped bike isn't going to save you much, if any $$.

Go check out the SV forums and you'll be able to pick up all you need to make it a great trackbike for real cheap.

Really, all you'll need to make a badass trackbike is Ohlins/Penske rear shock and some RaceTech internals for the forks.
even if the damage is all cosmetic stuff? <in denial>

yeah, i am looking at all the SV forums, wera, etc for parts. can you define real cheap? (srsly)
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even if the damage is all cosmetic stuff? <in denial>

yeah, i am looking at all the SV forums, wera, etc for parts. can you define real cheap? (srsly)
The bike is crashed... plain and simple. That drastically reduces the resale value of any bike.

As far as prices, just look around alot. I got my Ohlins rear shock for $300... normally sell for over $1000. It only had 1 trackday on it when I bought it.

Also, for the time being... you might be best off just having your suspension dialled in properly by Motorcycles Unlimited. Odds are, if this was your first trackday you're not going to need high end suspension just yet.
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you're not gonna find a "nice" track bike for cheap. most of the better conditioned ones will run around $3500+

i'd just save up some pennies, find a used rear shock (ohlins/penske), and since you already have racetech'd forks.....it's good to go.

i'm pretty sure you can find a used rear shock in the ball park of $300-$500
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thanks for the responses so far....here is the thing though. If I bought a track bike, it would probably come with a nice suspension (ohlins or penske rear), maybe a nice master cyl, nice rearsets, etc etc. All I have is a raceteched front, ss brake lines, and a $30 zx6 shock.

you don't need the fancy rear shock for a while yet. I do like having one bike for street and one for track but the more i ride track the less i like riding the street. I think I have about 500 street miles in the last year.
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make it "rideable" now, and wait to upgrade it during the winter when people sell stuff off cheaper. and you'll have a few months to fix her up.
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I definitely found out that street riding is boring....very boring
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Blah... that's .

I JUST posted this a few minutes ago in another thread....

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It always bothers me when people say stuff 'like street riding is lame' after they do a trackday or two. It makes me believe you're not a motorcyclist, but rather an adrenaline junky.

I LOVE the track, but won't ever give up riding on the street... I don't have to do breakneck speeds to enjoy my time on a motorcycle.

To each their own I guess...
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Blah... that's .

I JUST posted this a few minutes ago in another thread....
I am definitely not an adrenaline junky. In fact I am an extremely cautious guy. Being so cautious, I am afraid to attempt to push it on the street. But everyone has their own reasons for riding.

you dont have to do breakneck speeds on the street to get blindsided by a pick up truck either.

when I have extra cash, I will probably buy a street bike, but if I have to choose one then its a track bike for now.
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I'll say this, riding a sportbike, on the street is boring since doing trackdays. If I get a streetbike, it will probably be a cruiser. A sportbike just begs to be ridden hard.

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remove all the factory plastics and sell them. PM tomlstd about some track plastics or just run the thing naked(opt 2 for now would be best my.02) Pick up an ohlins rear shock(or used and have it rebuilt for your weight). Racetech the front forks or throw a set of GSXR forks on it rebuilt with racetech goodies of course then add some clip ons or some dirt bike bars(I love opt 2 gives you alot of confidence and great feed back but thats just my opinion...again). Get yourself some good sticky tires(2ct up front and powers rear is what I've been running and seems to work well) for now street tires will be fine. New brake pads, SS lines and some kind of exhaust(who cares what it is power is not what your aiming for here.)

O I almost forgot gearing +2 or 3 on the rear leave the front alone for now.

Spend some time at the track and pick peoples brains the more the better.

The SV is a great bike to learn from and will improve your skills much quicker than a inline 4.

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