Is suzuki sv650s a good 1st bike?

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  1. RaBicaN

    RaBicaN New Member

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    Are they good for beginners? Hard/ez to work on?
    Hows handling i heard its not the best, is that ok for a biginner?
    Is it to torque for a bigger or not? Hows the high end speed...when your going like 80mph...

    THANKS! i was looking into buying a 01 sv650s for about 3500 worth it?...it has some scratchs b/c its been dropped...
     
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    look pretty sexy, isnt insurance alot less b/c its only a sport not super sport?
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    The naked SV would be easier for a first time rider, but the SVS should be alright. Just be sure to take the MSF class BEFORE buying a bike. The SV handling is very good, the front suspension is too soft for anyone over about 150lbs though (new Racetech fork springs = $90). The torque is fine, it actually makes the bike easier to ride than an I-4.

    You'll probably want to replace the tires with something better when it comes time though. The stock Metz Z4's are alright for piddling around town, but for the twisties, a good Bridgestone BT010 front and BT020 rear is a great combo (better grip in the corners).
     
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    i weight 160lbs, is that to much for the suspension or is 150 a rough estimate and 160 would be fine?
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    It should be fine (I was 200 when I had my SV, and rode it for 2 years on the stock suspension). Once you get more experienced, you'll probably want to upgrade the fork springs though, it gives the bike a more stable feel in fast cornering.
     
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    (new to bikes) when you upgrade the springs whats the difference? (stiffer, shorter?)

    and do you need shocks also or just springs?
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Usually you're swapping to stiffer springs. Racetech's site has a calculator with a bunch of questions to help you pick the right springrate for your bike, weight, and riding style.

    There are only springs in the front forks. In the rear, it's essentially a single coilover, which is replaced as a unit (usually just called the "rear shock").
    Aftermarket shocks usually have more adjustments and remote oil reservoirs for better shock oil cooling.
     
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    I'm looking at the SV650 as well. Thanks for the info :cool:
     
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    I pick this up tomorrow. Without the full race exhaust system though.

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    My first Bike was a Hayabusa ( fastest production bike.
     
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    NoXeN You can find me up on one

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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    HOLY FUCK!!! YOU MUST HAVE A HUGE PENIS!!!!!!!!1
     
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    My first Bike was a Hayabusa ( fastest production bike.



    You sir, are an idiot.
     
  15. hoax

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    SV is a great first bike. Just get some frame sliders.
     
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    i had a '99 sv650 as my first bike.. i didnt realize it then but now that ive ridden for a while and have moved on to other bikes, it really is a good first bike.. it doesnt have enough horsepower to get you into a lot of trouble but it has enough horsepower to get you into trouble.. it has a very linear power delivery with but with torque up front.. it was actually very comfortable for me.. i had the naked SV and to me it was very uncomfortable riding at highway speeds without a fairing, especially since i weigh 150 and the wind kicks you around.. i wished that the SV-S was around when i started off riding..

    as mentioned before the stock metzlers are ok but i would step up to a stickier tire.. i currently have the metzler m1 sportecs and think they are much better than my bt010's..
     
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    TXTurbo930 As a matter O' fact I do have Booooost! OT Supporter

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    The SV is a great starter bike. It's also the reccomended starter bike for those interested in roadracing. A tire change is a must if you wanna to do some serious carving, otherwise their great bikes.
     

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