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Old 03-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #76
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2003 SV650, purchased used in 2007 with 7200 miles.
Now at 132,000 miles.
Needs bigger luggage.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:01 PM   #77
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2003 SV650, purchased used in 2007 with 7200 miles.
Now at 132,000 miles.
Didn't you have to do a motor swap on that SV650?
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:27 PM   #78
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I'm impressed with how durable these bikes have been But I'm also curious what made you guys decide to get rid of these bikes that have been so reliable and only have needed oil, brake pads, tires etc.
Why get rid of a good thing ?
good question. My Connie had an oil leak I couldn't fix cheaply, and after eight years, I just wanted something different. Something lighter and smaller. So I sold the Connie and bought an FZ6. Sometimes I wish I had just bought another Connie and used the old one as a parts bike. Last year I seriously considered buying a used one. I went and looked at a few, and the "old tech" just jumped out at me. I couldn't go there again. The Connie was dead reliable, but the brakes and suspension sucked, and adjusting the valves was a chore I didn't want to take on again.

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:11 PM   #79
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Didn't you have to do a motor swap on that SV650?
Put a used 2006 motor with 8000 miles on it in her last Winter.
The stock motor was still running OK at over 100,000 miles, but worn valve guides had it losing a quart every thousand miles or so.

The swap cost so little, I would do it again. SV motors used are fairly common.

And lol to the needing larger luggage comment above.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:53 AM   #80
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:16 AM   #81
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Since 1975 I have owned just eight motorcycles. I have owned most for several years. With just routine maintenance they have all lasted well.

My current ride is a 1997 Honda Dream 100, which I bought as an ex-rental in 2003, with 90,000 km (55,000 miles) on the clock. I had the engine overhauled at about 180,000 km (piston, rings and big & little end bearings) at a cost of 4,000 baht ($US 140), about three years ago. It looks to be good for a few more years..... say 300,000 km before it needs its next engine overhaul.

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:42 AM   #82
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Put a used 2006 motor with 8000 miles on it in her last Winter.
The stock motor was still running OK at over 100,000 miles, but worn valve guides had it losing a quart every thousand miles or so.

The swap cost so little, I would do it again. SV motors used are fairly common.
If it consumes oil at 100k mi. to require an engine swap on your SV650, I wouldn't consider it being reliable for high mileage, regardless of cost.
Extra weight of mounting hardware and luggage probably didn't help neither. SV has decent power to weight ratio, why screw it up with semi-permanent extra weight? with all the miles you put on that bike, extra weight must put a damper on fuel econ, too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:34 AM   #83
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If it consumes oil at 100k mi. to require an engine swap on your SV650, I wouldn't consider it being reliable for high mileage, regardless of cost.
Extra weight of mounting hardware and luggage probably didn't help neither. SV has decent power to weight ratio, why screw it up with semi-permanent extra weight? with all the miles you put on that bike, extra weight must put a damper on fuel econ, too.
Not sure how to reply.

Screw what up? The SV because I haul luggage? Really? Let alone my 230 lb fat ass? You are kidding right?

Even fully loaded I average 50 mpg. In fact, this motor is averaging close to 53 mpg for the past season.

And just how many SV's do you know that have >100,000 miles? You'd find more Weestroms on that list, but the engine is slightly detuned.

Trust me, nothing is screwed up on my bike. Handles great. Suspension is dialed in for the load carried. I could still be riding the old motor, but the swap was fairly simple and cost <$400 total. I like working on my bike. Each Winter she is stripped nearly to the frame and gone over anyways.

So excuse me if I posted here. I thought this was just for high-mileage bikes.

So in conclusion....anyone that read my post on this thread...FORGET WHAT YOU READ.

The SV is a terrible mount. You'll be lucky to flog it for 110,000 miles without expecting worn valve guides.
Don't tour on one.
Don't overload the bike to the point where it is suffering.
Don't own or ride one if you exceed 200 lbs.
In fact, just don't consider the SV650 for riding a lot. It's really a piece of shit...best left to those who are able to swap motors out on a whim



Is that better?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #84
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I think it looks fine with the large cases....in fact, I like having them so much, I decided to not care any more about how they looked. They rarely are taken off the bike any more.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #85
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^^I have to agree, bags are so useful I also leave them on most of the time.
Here is my one owner CBR600f3 with 127,000 miles.

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Old 03-27-2013, 10:06 AM   #86
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Not sure how to reply.
Just reply honestly, disclose the fact that you had to go through a motor swap, had to perform suspension modifications and probably many other items over the time period of your 100k miles.

Sarcasm your only defense? no, it is not better.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:15 AM   #87
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Just reply honestly, disclose the fact that you had to go through a motor swap, had to perform suspension modifications and probably many other items over the time period of your 100k miles.
Who really cares what I HAD to do to my SV??

Again, perhaps I mis-posted. Perhaps this thread is for ONLY bikes that shrug at 100,000 miles and keep going?

And I will repeat once more, I replaced the motor by choice. Adding oil practically every weekend was getting old. The bike still ran well.

And any numb-nut knows that the SV's stock suspension is crap. In fact, the SV is crap...don't think about buying one...touring on it...I went over that already. I have had a LOT of enjoyment farkling and maintaining my SV. No complaints at all.

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Will you be going back through this thread now and asking the BMW owners who posted their number details, on how many final drive failures have been repaired or replaced?
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:57 PM   #88
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gee whiz - the SV is fine. It's a high mileage bike and deserves to be considered as such. So what if it's on it's second motor? What really makes for a high mileage bike is how much it's owner enjoys riding it.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:02 PM   #89
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I think it looks fine with the large cases....in fact, I like having them so much, I decided to not care any more about how they looked. They rarely are taken off the bike any more.
Just having some fun with you. That first photo made the luggage look huge in comparison to the bike.
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Just reply honestly, disclose the fact that you had to go through a motor swap, had to perform suspension modifications and probably many other items over the time period of your 100k miles.

Sarcasm your only defense? no, it is not better.

Seriously? No motorcycle comes with a suspension that will still be worth at damn at 100k. If you were read his post about the swap, he notes the reasons the swap was performed. As mentioned, by the time he would tear apart the heads to change the seals, it really isn't that much motor time consuming to just swap the whole damn thing.

My Land Cruiser has 267k miles and has bad valve seals. I wish it were that easy to just swap motors...
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