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What's the Fastest _____ Can Go?

  Not a week goes by without the groups/forums/etc  asking this question. "What's the fastest you've gone?" or "What's the top speed?". Whether it's the sv650, the sv1000, or some other bike, it's routinely asked and hotly debated. It's like an oil thread with people throwing out wild or silly or useless arguments and almost always turns into a locked thread. Here's my take on it: it's a bullshit question with a meaningless answer.  variables: drafting or solo, road/air temperature, road surface, tire type/pressure/size, rider size, rider gear, gearing, mods, elevation, road grade, chain condition, fuel temperature, and probably a...

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Scratched Top Triples? Broken Keys? Yeah It's You

Scratched Top Triples? Broken Keys? Yeah It's You

the following 4 things are easily avoidable:1) scratching the hell out of your cluster and triple 2) broken ignition3) bent key in the igntion4) losing your house keys in a crashthe trick to avoiding those is simple, keep only the key in the ignition and the rest of that jailer keyset somewhere else  

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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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