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Old 10-23-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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Who's Ridden a SV1000 and Others.

Don't get me wrong, I love my bike but my eyes have been wandering.
I've ridden dirt bikes, cruisers and sports tourers all my life and my track only SV1000 is the only sports bike I've ever been on. So to those who know what an SV1000 (well set up) is like and have also ridden others, I'm wondering what would the differences be. Any comparison would be good but I'm mostly thinking about in line 600's or 1000's. Sure I have some preconceived ideas, but I dunno for sure. Also I'm only asking about differences on the track.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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I own a SV 1k and work at a dealership, so I have riddin alot of diff bikes. The only other bike I have riddin on the track other then mine is a 07 cbr 6. The cbr felt WAY smaller, and I had to remember to keep the RPMs high, but I could still get it into the corners pretty well. I am building a SV 650 for the track right now, so we will see how that goes. I love my 1k, it has over 30k miles on it, but 600 are more nemble and lighter. I can run faster lap times on my 1k, but I think if I got use to the 600 I could run pretty good times on it.
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First off I'd steer clear of a 1000 inline IMHO. They eat tires and unless you want to race in those classes; there are very few riders out there that can take the advantage out of a 1000.

With that said a well setup 600 inline is a very nice track tool. The brakes, suspension & overall engine performance is better on a modern 600 than what you have on your SV1000. I honestly think the SV650 is better on the track than a SV1000.

If your looking for something different I'd go with a SV650 or a 600 inline.
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Don't get me wrong, I love my bike but my eyes have been wandering.
I've ridden dirt bikes, cruisers and sports tourers all my life and my track only SV1000 is the only sports bike I've ever been on. So to those who know what an SV1000 (well set up) is like and have also ridden others, I'm wondering what would the differences be. Any comparison would be good but I'm mostly thinking about in line 600's or 1000's. Sure I have some preconceived ideas, but I dunno for sure. Also I'm only asking about differences on the track.
my buddy raced a slick shod TL1000S back home in 02,
I think the SV is pretty much a rebadged TLS isn't it??, my bad if I'm wrong.
We junked the OE suspension, put some good stuff on, race exhausts, race bodywork, brake hoses, race pads etc.
the bike was big big fun to ride and watching him take it to the Corsa Ducati's in the Battle of the twins was priceless.
the bike was always a talking point at the trackdays we did too so if you like being a bit different
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my buddy raced a slick shod TL1000S back home in 02,
I think the SV is pretty much a rebadged TLS isn't it??, my bad if I'm wrong.
We junked the OE suspension, put some good stuff on, race exhausts, race bodywork, brake hoses, race pads etc.
the bike was big big fun to ride and watching him take it to the Corsa Ducati's in the Battle of the twins was priceless.
the bike was always a talking point at the trackdays we did too so if you like being a bit different
The TLS is close, but different. The SV is a much better platform IMHO than the TL or TLS was, and lighter too.

The SV1000 was due to be the "next" bike out there to smash the RC51, but that class fell apart.

As far as comparison, the SV1000 and just about any racer replica 600 is world's different. The 600s are way more agile and have a great usable hp range on the track. The SV (like many liter bikes that are twins) have great low-end grunt and usable power, but are not as nimble.

Given a choice, I'd go with a 600 over an SV1000.
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Interesting comments, thanks. A lot of what I assumed and it seems no one's really in favor of the in-line liter bikes. Still I want to ride at least one in-line 600 and 1000 on the track sometime and get the feel for myself. Funny to think the SV1k's not nimble, compared to everything else I've ridden it's a totally flickable featherweight.
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Interesting comments, thanks. A lot of what I assumed and it seems no one's really in favor of the in-line liter bikes. Still I want to ride at least one in-line 600 and 1000 on the track sometime and get the feel for myself. Funny to think the SV1k's not nimble, compared to everything else I've ridden it's a totally flickable featherweight.
It's a good bike, there are others out there that are much better.
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Interesting comments, thanks. A lot of what I assumed and it seems no one's really in favor of the in-line liter bikes. Still I want to ride at least one in-line 600 and 1000 on the track sometime and get the feel for myself. Funny to think the SV1k's not nimble, compared to everything else I've ridden it's a totally flickable featherweight.
Randy...if you will be at Ride Smart on 11.1.08 I'll have both my 600's out there and you can take one for a spin.
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Interesting comments, thanks. A lot of what I assumed and it seems no one's really in favor of the in-line liter bikes. Still I want to ride at least one in-line 600 and 1000 on the track sometime and get the feel for myself. Funny to think the SV1k's not nimble, compared to everything else I've ridden it's a totally flickable featherweight.
I agree with you I felt I could get my SV into the corners better then the CBR. But like I said I think thats because I am use to my SV. I went the the 650 for a track bike for that reason. I am use to my 1k so I figure the 650 should be about the same with less power, lol. Guess I will have to wait till next season to see.
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gsxr 750 will kill everything once you are comfortable with the bike.

its in between your choices but will hang with a 1k ( on the track ) and lighter.
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OK, so they don't make 'em anymore. it's fast, dead stable and you can totally trust the front end to the point of stupid. But you do not flick it, you muscle it, it's heavy, but you can absolutely force the bike around if you want a good workout
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OK, so they don't make 'em anymore. it's fast, dead stable and you can totally trust the front end to the point of stupid. But you do not flick it, you muscle it, it's heavy, but you can absolutely force the bike around if you want a good workout
Sounds good to me, more like what I'm used to. Like I said, the SV1 is the smallest and lightest I've ridden. I just gotta try a 600 and see what It's like.
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