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What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by edd1e, May 3, 2012.

  1. NooBish AbbZ

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 21, 2013

    Posts: 2,789

    Location: Fareham, Portsmouth

    Managed to get out for a blast on the SV around the New Forest; little bit chilly, but sunny and dry hence i grasped the opportunity. Nice ride, minimal traffic and huge sight lines for overtaking around the forest (ironically), but, i'm just not 'in love' with the bike anymore :(

    R1 when i come back from UAE around March/April 2020 so options are keep the SV until then and just see it as a tool to get to work and back avoiding traffic, or option 2 is go for something like a CB1000R; ie, a middle ground between this(72bhp) and an R1(160+?) which I'll then sell on for the R1

    My Dad suggested that I'd cherish the bike if I didn't have the car I have :p which may be true. But i drove to work on a night shift(2230 or so) a few days ago through relatively residential areas though of course, totally quiet. Car was in sport mode, i had the sunroof open for the burbles and i was using the flappy paddles and couldn't help but grin :( That's what the bike used to do :( Today even while over taking it crossed my mind, 'would prefer to be in the car'
     
  2. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,657

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    If its perfect conditions for enjoying a bike ride and you think 'rather be in the car' then definitely time to change bikes! :D

    The SVs are great little bikes, but everyone pretty much uses them as a stop gap or a cheap workhorse.
     
  3. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 3, 2011

    Posts: 9,229

    That's the problem with the SV, its good off the line but once you get to mixed country road with longer bends and tighter ones you've to rag it...

    I got beat by a tuned RS, we were going head to head up to 100, at 110-120 he started moving forward so I let go. Off the line played with an RS6, again we were going head to head up to around 60 as he had some traction problems (probably cold tyres). If it was in summer, he would of smoked me... :p

    Get an SV1000 :D They're fun, well... not so fun in the wet.
     
  4. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Was that on your famously long and diverse private road?
     
  5. acemastr

    Mobster

    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,707

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    Changed the throttle mappings some more and flashed the bike again... I've found perfection! Off>On throttle is silky smooth and the throttle opens more for each percent of throttle twist.
     
  6. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,841

    Location: Clapham Junction

    Rode a CB1000R when deciding on my commuter replacement (stolen KTM 990). Everything about it was easy, clean, manageable, compliant, sensible, safe........ Boring. For much less money I ended up with a newer MT-09. Far less perfect, compliant and all those other things, but at the same time an utter hilarious laugh, and makes me feel alive every time I ride it let alone making the commute tolerable. So much so I only did 1000 miles on my S1000RR last year.
     
  7. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Southampton

    I've found the roads in the new forest tend to be full of crap and not that nice to ride this time of year. Used to ride my SV through the forest all the time and loved it - I did get frustrated with it towards the end though
     
  8. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 3, 2011

    Posts: 9,229

    Of course;)
     
  9. NooBish AbbZ

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 21, 2013

    Posts: 2,789

    Location: Fareham, Portsmouth

    Yeah it’s definitely either time to get rid or at the very least just see the SV differently. Will start to have a browse around some bikes, but not sure if i’ll Actually replace it. CB1000R would be the front runners currently though I did see a very nice Kawa Z1000SX for sale. Could be a good option with wind protection just in case I need to ride the bike home at some point (Southampton to Manchester)
     
  10. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Took the CB400 out and had as spirited a ride as the conditions would allow. Over 30 miles the electrical problem only manifested once (predictably mid-corner!) and corrected itself within half a second. Apart from that, all was fine. The speedometer feels a little ambitious but other than that everything was good.

    I checked out the wiring behind the light, and couldn't see any evidence of cables rubbing or earthing. Then I had a look under the seat to check out the battery and wiring there. I found this, and assume it is the rectifier but it has no heat sink and wasn't getting warm when running the engine. There appear to be many, many wires that don't go anywhere...

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  11. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,840

    Location: West mids

    That looks like an alarm box or something, definitely not a rectifier.
     
  12. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    Yeah that ain't original, and I'm certain it's not the rectifier.

    The reg/rec was (on mine) down at the bottom of your first photo, behind the rear side fairing. it'll have metal fins on it to dissipate the heat.
     
  13. .one.

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 1, 2006

    Posts: 3,644

    Looks like a pathetic attempt of an alarm of some sorts just junk it and rewire the tail end back to stock.
     
  14. Diddums

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

    Posts: 19,398

    Location: London

    That's either an alarm or a remote start thingy. It's also 99% guaranteed the cause of your leccy fault. Disconnect it and see if the bike runs. If it does, then tidy up all the cables and make sure nothing is shorting and not able to chafe (seriously, 99% of leccy faults are caused by wiring chafing and stripping over time, and 99% of those are all caused by crap install jobs). Cable tie the lot nice and tidy and carry on with life.

    If it doesn't run with it disconnected, then see if it has any identifying marks so we can find a way to get shot of it.

    Nothing worse than people who think they know how to install stuff and making a mess.
     
  15. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Thanks chaps. I'll see if I can get it removed tomorrow and then see what happens. If nothing else, another 0.1 kg saved right there!
     
  16. NooBish AbbZ

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 21, 2013

    Posts: 2,789

    Location: Fareham, Portsmouth

    so looking at CB1000R’s and Z1000SX’s whatbare the main competitors, ie other options to look into for each?
     
  17. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 42,101

    Location: /* */

    One is a naked and the other is a sports tourer, so quite different bikes.

    For the naked you have the tuono, s1000r, superduke and mt10 as direct competitors.

    They are all much better machines than the cb1000r though.
     
  18. bcjames

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 7, 2003

    Posts: 6,212

    Location: Leicestershire

    Passed my CBT on it today, for the second time in my life. First at 16 for my moped, and now at 30 with a view of getting my A licence.
     
  19. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Congrats!
     
  20. bcjames

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 7, 2003

    Posts: 6,212

    Location: Leicestershire

    Thanks! Looking at potential big bikes now... :D