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Old 06-13-2008, 11:47 PM   #1
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Why did you chose the SV650 over the SV650S?

I'm personally thinking the SV650 would be a better transition for me from a ninja 250 than clipons considering i've never done a full sport bike before. Do you find it MORE tempting and more decieving on fast you are going on the SV650S per the race tuck it puts you in? I'm debating which one I should be going for. I'm going to end up with some nice twisties in about a year in TN, and right now looks like my commute will end up being 24 miles of the tollroads. I'm ready to get the SV in the next 4 months and lose the 250 for highway traveling....

Opinoins on the merits of either by someone who has ridden both or one of them?

BTW, I'm 6'3. I fit fine on the 250, so i figure the sv650 won't be bad either.
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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I've owned several of both, I still have a naked model.
For commuting I'd recommend the S because of the wind / rain protection factor. Either way they are great bikes!
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:53 AM   #5
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does the wind and rain protection really make difference when hunched over? it seemed so uncomfortable compared to what I'm used to with the ninja with the clip ons. The only advantage i knew of was higher speed was more comfortable due to lower wind buffetting... ???
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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you can do like I did and put a pair of Heli Bars on the S model and it is a lot more comfortable to ride. Moves the bars up and back an inch each way.
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:25 PM   #7
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So why would you put heli bars on the s model rather than just getting the standard model?

Please advise?:/:
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So why would you put heli bars on the s model rather than just getting the standard model?

Please advise?:/:
I don't know about him, but for me, I could see it being a big benefit for the sport touring aspect and wind protection. It makes a big difference.
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Fairings are a big plus for protection from weather...

You never know when its gonna rain in Texas, only that it will.
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Fairings are a big plus for protection from weather...

You never know when its gonna rain in Texas, only that it will.
To be fair though, just like any other sport bike, the fairing doesn't really help at all with rain/ weather. It does move some of the air and weather, but not like it protects you much at all.
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i got the naked over the s because i was offered a naked in a trade for my car that i had posted on craigslist. i went ahead with the trade on a whim pretty much and if i did it all over again, i would get an s. the 03-current s looks so great. i thing the 99-01 naked is pretty hot though.
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you can do like I did and put a pair of Heli Bars on the S model and it is a lot more comfortable to ride. Moves the bars up and back an inch each way.
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I don't know about him, but for me, I could see it being a big benefit for the sport touring aspect and wind protection. It makes a big difference.
Yup, I'd say go with the S and add Heli Bars. Had them on my '03 and it was comfortable enough to do a 600 mile day to Arkansas. (My legs were sore, but that had nothing to do with the seat-bars position)
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I like being able to swap bars on the standard version. More tuning to fit your desired riding position. But the fairing means you can tuck in and ride thru most short rain bursts without getting wet. Also, you can duck out of the wind in the tennessee winters.
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I bought the N over the S strickly because of options around Bryan. The N was very nicely priced with extras. Love it, and do no regret it at all.
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I've owned both and have ridden both a bunch of miles.

I currently own a Naked model, but the S does do a decent job of wind protection, especially when fitted with a double bubble windscreen.
Either way they're great bikes!
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but the S does do a decent job of wind protection, especially when fitted with a double bubble windscreen.

+1 - I have a Puig Double Bubble screen and it works well - which is why I bought the S model rather than the nekkid.

I also just like the sporty looks of the S model.
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i dunno about the street but theyre just about perfect for the track. cheap on tires, chains, sprockets and gas. come to think of it, ive gotten prolly close to ten track days on the same tires on my sv. wow. haha. just now realized that. anyway, theyre great for either application.
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