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Old 11-24-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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my 1st SV track experience

this past weekend was my 1st time riding my SV650 on the track, prior to that, i've had 700 miles on the street to break in the motor. it was a on the street....and i've come to realize it's an even bigger on the track....but BUTTLOADS of fun no doubt. it's a totally different ride than my gsxr600 and it was hard to adapt to both bikes in 1 day....which i must learn to do if i wanna race both bikes next year.

now i know why corner speed on the SV is so important...because on the straights and on the drive, there is absolutely no pull from that motor.....well, not like the inline 4's. not even close.

my best time out there on the SV was 2:04....my goal was to get under 2:00....but switching back and forth on the bikes throughout the day didn't help much i suppose. i also let jason hanning ride the SV throughout both days, and he pulled off a 2:02. not bad for our first time out on the SV, i think.

top speed i reached on the SV was 124mph on the front straight at redline.....and it took forever to get there i'm sure my 210lbs. of handsome studness didn't help

i have a newly found respect for SV riders that can haul . it was fun getting railed on by the inlines coming onto the front straight, only to catch them and going around them all through turn 1 and 2.

next time out i'll be sure to have some good tires and better brakes. can't wait til next season. get ready to see me on the lightweights, D classes, and F2 grids next season.

all in all....i think the SV650 is truely a great bike for the beginner, advanced, and everything in between. you can't use the power of the bike as a crutch for lap times....because obviously it doesn't have the power to do so (all stock).

everybody remember to get your photos from Soozie....she takes some badass photos. (i don't think she's finished loading up pics yet...but patience is the key young grasshoppers) http://beorphotography.smugmug.com

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this past weekend was my 1st time riding my SV650 on the track, prior to that, i've had 700 miles on the street to break in the motor. it was a on the street....and i've come to realize it's an even bigger on the track....but BUTTLOADS of fun no doubt. it's a totally different ride than my gsxr600 and it was hard to adapt to both bikes in 1 day....which i must learn to do if i wanna race both bikes next year.
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this past weekend was my 1st time riding my SV650 on the track, prior to that, i've had 700 miles on the street to break in the motor. it was a on the street....and i've come to realize it's an even bigger on the track....but BUTTLOADS of fun no doubt. it's a totally different ride than my gsxr600 and it was hard to adapt to both bikes in 1 day....which i must learn to do if i wanna race both bikes next year.
Did you run it in stock gearing and motor? When I changed it to 15/48 it made a huge difference and introduced a whole new level of fun. I love my SV

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my best time out there on the SV was 2:04....my goal was to get under 2:00....but switching back and forth on the bikes throughout the day didn't help much i suppose. i also let jason hanning ride the SV throughout both days, and he pulled off a 2:02. not bad for our first time out on the SV, i think.
I wish I could've gotten there. I guess my lap timer was defunct as it showed slower times than that .. LOL I guess it was me though. Spidermonkey is running below 2:00 on his SV at TWS (Texas World Speedway).


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i have a newly found respect for SV riders that can haul . it was fun getting railed on by the inlines coming onto the front straight, only to catch them and going around them all through turn 1 and 2.
And that's why I like the SV and could kick myself just for thinking about getting rid of her in favor of an I4 a few months ago. Good thing I kept the SV as I learned so much from that little bike and still have way more to learn.

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the suspension was great....the power however was not.

besides suspension, a slip on exhaust from a katana rigged up to the SV , and SS brake lines

everything else is stock even the gearing.
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It has a great braking system to boot....don't forget to mention that.
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It has a great braking system to boot....don't forget to mention that.
great rear brakes for the occasional off roading expeditions. dear i thought i was gonna run that chain link fence down.... rigged up shift lever caused the false neutral through there. gonna rig it up better during the off season

i'm starting to treat this SV like a red headed step child.
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I think the SV kicks ... it's uber fast with tonnes of power and great brakes ....

then again my bike before this one was a ninja 250 ... so what do i know?
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I do my fair share of passing on my SV, and never had a problem with the power until saturday when I rode home from the show after riding the RC8 SuperDuke and Hypermotard
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You must have your wheels double wrapped cause you were moving pretty good that last time out on the SV at TWS (Texas World Speedway).

You healed up yet?
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Bridgestones = +10hp
bt016 rear and bt003 front FTW!

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I do my fair share of passing on my SV, and never had a problem with the power until saturday when I rode home from the show after riding the RC8 SuperDuke and Hypermotard
if the sv650 was my first bike, i probably wouldn't have a problem with the power either....but driving out of the corners with an inline 4 puts the SV to shame. although the nimbleness and flickability of the SV has it's benefits
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I think the SV kicks ... it's uber fast with tonnes of power and great brakes ....

then again my bike before this one was a ninja 250 ... so what do i know?

Thomas,

Your motor isn't stock. Your gearing isn't stock. You weigh substantially less than Tony. It all adds up.
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Thomas,

Your motor isn't stock. Your gearing isn't stock. You weigh substantially less than Tony. It all adds up.
are you calling me a carl? i'm offended.....j/k

i like to think of myself as realllly healthy
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You must have your wheels double wrapped cause you were moving pretty good that last time out on the SV at TWS (Texas World Speedway).

You healed up yet?
Thanks buddy.....I try

I'm certainly not 100%, but I'm going to rest plenty in the off-season.
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are you calling me a carl? i'm offended.....j/k

i like to think of myself as realllly healthy
I see myself in the mirror much to often to call anyone else a .


I've also see the size of your biceps and will always do my best to stay on your good side.
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come to a lonestar event next year and ill get you under 2:00 flat by lunch
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I am ready for next season so i can get out there on my 650. I have been riding a SV 1k this season, so the 650 will be a little under powered. I am hoping flick ability of the 650 will compensate, but I could get my 1k over pretty good. Only next season will tell how I like the 650.
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