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|02-23-2008, 11:01 PM||#41|
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fuel mileage is king on endurance... leave the rc51 out to pasture in that event,lol.
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|02-23-2008, 11:17 PM||#42|
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Join Date: Aug 2006
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For the record too, you won't find many (or any) SVs out there with more than about 85 horsepower. You cross that line and you're looking at a grenade.
Taking a stock SV, the best mods to make that will keep your pocketbook happy and engine builder sad is this:
- "Cam swap", putting the stock intake cam on the exhaust side and getting an intake cam from a second gen SV and putting that on the intake side of the first gen. That is exactly the same thing as the "Stage II" Yoshimura cam set! Same dimensions, lift/ duration/ lobe centers/ etc.
- Jet kit with BMC pod filters/ stock CV carbs (flat slides will get a bit more, but they are temperamental)
- Full M4 exhaust
-Just with these engine mods, you can see a real 5-8 horsepower difference.
That'll get you some respectable change in hp, and will not break the bank at all. With those mods, a competent rider can hang with most of the middle weight riders at a track day (or even endurance race)- of course that's assuming that you've done some suspension work too.
The second gen can get the same results with the same mods, with exception of course to the carb mods. Substitute a PCIII for the jet kit. I think that most of the SV racers are doing the same cam swap for the second gen bike, but I've never really kept up with that.
I am Tyler Durdin's bad attitude.
|02-24-2008, 11:01 AM||#43|
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Here is why they are popular.
~95% of riders will ride better on an SV. It is easier to brake later, get on the gas sooner, get through corners faster. Besides that, there are the cost issues mentioned.
~60% of motorcyclists have ego issues and can't swallow owning a chick bike. It's slow, it's not that pretty, it certainly doesn't have the paddock appeal of a new sportbike.
Another 10% or so genuinely enjoy going slower and trying to tame a high horsepower bike with their limited talents. They might get the same or even slower laptimes despite the HP boost making up for it on the straights.
The ~25% left account for the SVs you see at the track And the last 5% badasses who actually know how to ride a big bike well.
IMHO of course