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2g Triple Tree Stem Compatibility

In a search for a lighter stem, I went and got a bunch of different ones to try out.  The stock one is a BRICK. heaaaavy. Almost 2lbs.    There are a few years of GSXR stems that are dimensionally identical. And almost a lb lighter The lightest of all is surprisingly the SV1000 stem. by a little more than an ounce. but weight is weight. It sits a mm deeper into the lower triple, so it has a little less material, and has a weird circlip as it's motion-limiter. Still same dimensions up top.          if anyone...

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Trainspotting: 2g/Sv1000 coolant overflow reservoirs

in all their efforts to make the abs stuff fit, suzuki changed up the reservoir for the ABS models. and the moutning bracket. The ABS model's bracket has a bit wider bottom. and of course they're not cross-compatible. the "hook" won't bolt right and the locating pin on the bottom won't seat.  left to right: sv1000, sv650, sv650 ABS

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Is Racing Hard?

a long time ago, some neighborhood kids saw me working on minis and started drowning me with questions about racing bikes. The one that stuck with me was, "Is Racing Hard?"  My response was, "Losing is easy!" Anyone can lose, when the green flag waves, just push the bike over to the wall. Winning on the other hand, takes a bit of everything. Preparation (physical, mechanical, and mental), effort, skill, and a fair bit of luck. 

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Fuel Pumps, Fuel Lights, Etc. for sv650 and sv1000

in the 1g and 2g world you have 3 possibilities 1g are all the same and not really compatible with anything other than 1g 2g sv650 and sv1000 are the same WITHIN THE YEAR. so 03/04 sv650 the parts are the same as 03/04 sv1000, and 05+sv650 the parts are the same as 05+sv1000 03/04 - single fuel thermistor, 3 prong white connector on the pump. turns on the idiot light at ~1gal remaining. No external resistor in the tail.  05+ - dual fuel thermistor, 4 prong brown connector on the pump. turns on the idiot light at ~1gal remaining....

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Inventory Tracking and Tagging

One of the things that seems to always cause me a headache is that I never quite know whether on a specific bike I made or lost money, nor what bike a specific part may have come from. For very common stuff (seat latches for example) the source bike doesn't really matter since a part is a part, but for things like wiring harnesses, etc where the year and S vs N matters, this is really necessary. The other thing this can let me do is track what bikes are "paid off" and on which I've spent too much. Obviously...

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