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First bike. Sv650?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by .:SAmSuNG:., Oct 18, 2019.

  1. .:SAmSuNG:.

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 12, 2009

    Posts: 4,327

    Location: Germany

    Had my eye on a Sv650 for a little while and had some questions.

    As much as I would love a new shape sv650 I don't expect to keep it for more than 2 years so I think it's better to go older.

    Apart from the gladius is there any other years I should avoid? Are the bikes that are around the year 2000 that I think are on carbs OK or the injection bikes worth the little bit extra?

    Thanks.
     
  2. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,758

    Location: West mids

    Avoid the k3/k4 as they had some differences that didn't carry on to k5 onwards. Carb/injection is personal preference really, I had a k5 because I prefered the look of the gen 2 models. Fuel injection is generally less hassle as well as there's no carbs that need cleaning/setting up.
     
  3. Dogbreath

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 16,649

    Location: Devon

    The carbs on the first gen SV650 can be a PITA, especially if the bike is not used regularly. Unless you specifically want a "curvy" then go for the best injection bike you can afford.
     
  4. .:SAmSuNG:.

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 12, 2009

    Posts: 4,327

    Location: Germany

    OK so that's from about 2003 onwards? Ideally I want either a naked bike or full fairing one. Some seem to be like half fairing which I don't like.
     
  5. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,839

    My K3 is what, 16 years old now? Still looks almost as good as new and works just as well as it ever did.

    I do look after it though.

    To the OP an SV 650 is a great bike, I have had mine a long time now I do have serious thoughts about changing but can never bring myself to do it.

    I'd personally go K3 onwards, as fuel injection is just nicer to have, cold starts etc, just less hassle.
     
  6. phil675

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 15, 2005

    Posts: 4,416

    Location: UK

    It was my second bike, 2005 model, had great fun with it. Very forgiving, I rememeber a time the rear wheel slipped on gravel and it just sort of wiggled me back into shape. The power and wooly suspension will leave you wanting more but its a good bike to make those new rider mistakes on.
     
  7. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Southampton

    I had a 2000 carb'ed SV. Great bike but had some floors. It didn't like cold starts in winter and even with the choke on full you would have to nurse the idle. It would eat oil which led to it running dry and having to replace the engine. The replacement engine got through it's oil in a month...so I part ex'ed it :D

    They sound great with a non-standard exhaust and are nice for commutes and town riding. I think I had it for a year before wanting more power and went to the CBR
     
  8. Dogbreath

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 16,649

    Location: Devon

    The lower fairing panels were optional extras which is why the majority of bikes aren't fitted with them. You can still by the panels and fitting kit from Suzuki (££££) and aftermarket lower fairings are available.
     
  9. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,758

    Location: West mids

    You definitely can't get the fitting kit anymore don't know about the actual panels.
     
  10. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,310

    This. Avoid K3/K4 as parts are harder to find/fit. K7+ are twin spark models that are Euro3 compliant and slightly better on fuel which could be nice if you plan to go into London and such. I have no experience with the curvy SVs.

    I had a really nice K6 that is now with another forum member. It has the bikini fairing which grew on me. Note that the naked bikes are ergonomically quite different because they have normal bars. This is imho way more important than having lower fairings or not :) Those can be found on ebay but quite expensive typically, best to try find a bike with them on.
     
  11. NooBish AbbZ

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 21, 2013

    Posts: 2,787

    Location: Fareham, Portsmouth

    SV was my first big bike 13 reg; had it for 5 years from early 2014-2019. Loved it, it was difficult to see it go.
     
  12. .:SAmSuNG:.

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 12, 2009

    Posts: 4,327

    Location: Germany

    Thanks all I just bought a low mileage 2006 sv650 that's fully faired but have 2 questions.

    Its still got the big stock exhaust which I would like to change. Is a slip on the way to go? If so which brands should I look at for best sound/looks.

    Secondly its got a aftermarket screen on which changes colour as you look at it like oil does. I don't like this and would rather a dark tinted one. Any recommendations on a firm to go with that will help better than a stock one for wind?

    Sam
     
  13. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    Just look on fleabay for a double bubble screen,and for exhaust ive always liked the delkevic slip on cans,they sound nice and throaty
     
  14. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,310

    I had a puig double bubble screen on my sv and it was noisier and worsened the wind issue. I wouldn't bother unless you like the looks.

    As for exhausts look second hand. You need to cut the downpipe on an sv k6 to fit one but you don't need an o2 sensor hill me so should be easy to find. I had a Remus which came with a new collector so you didn't need to cut anything but really cutting the original is easy and means you don't have to remove headers which was a pita.