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Old 01-25-2013, 01:46 PM   #16
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"i'm quite tall so i grabbed some upholstery foam, black vinyl and a staple gun to build the seat higher. it's just a rough job and may get it done properly if it works out in the long term."

B1 - just how tall (and what is your inseam)? I'm thinking about a road-only bike but find the purpose-built dual sports (V-Stroms, Versys, BMW GS, Triumph Tigers, etc.) are the only bikes out there that fit me "out of the box". If the SV can be modded to fit a 34" inseam without looking freakish, I'm subscribed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:10 PM   #17
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6 foot 5 and 33" inseam. that rough prototype seat i've got was just to see if the straight line from the rear guard to the tank looked better. the foam i've used is pretty soft and actually sinks down about two inches and just as well... with the rear sitting inches higher now i'd be on tip toes if the seat padding didn't compress down.

it feels quite comfortable as is although after an hours in the saddle the legs feel a touch cramped, but i think the buell pegs dropping an inch will fix that perfectly.

the pic below shows the first seat padding i did. this used a harder upholstery foam and the soft higher one i've got now still compresses down to about this level.

if you were only beefing up the front forks (e.g. not putting dirt bike forks on), i would suggest just padding the seat higher, get the buell pegs and maybe kick the rear of the bike up an inch higher with shorter dog bones to maintain your footpeg clearance?
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:08 PM   #18
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #19
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chopped up a big black plastic chlorine container to make a little fairing, seems to work well.

if you are after a smaller one mainly for bling factor, this aftermarket fairing below could be worth looking at. only US$17 plus about $13 for shipment.

a guy has done a report on it over the main SV650 page here.

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #20
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lots of cheap digital bicycle speedos will work on a (motor) bike.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #21
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video of a one day adventure ride with the adventurised SV650. went like a dream on easy dirt roads and tracks but the stock rear suspension isn't much chop once things get gnarly. but of course a vstrom wouldn't handle those bits very well either. so very impressed with the way it all fits together....

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Old 03-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #22
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Nice. Are not you worry with the radiator width? In a drop, that one is the fist to touch the ground, on the Wee it is much narrower.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #23
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Nice video... Though next time make your friends hold the camera so we can see more of the SV!
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