Author Topic: 2008 Suzuki SV650s  (Read 2526 times)

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2008 Suzuki SV650s
« on: January 24, 2017, 11:14:36 PM »
Got this this summer when I got tired of my Rebel 250. It was old and vibrated my feet to numbness but a good bike to regain confidence on. My last bike wasn't a great first one, a '82 Nighthawk 650. Just a little too big for me to be comfortable on and I wound up wrecking it pretty good.

Anyway, everyone rants and raves about how the SV650 is the best motorcycle of all time so I checked it out on the world wide web and liked what I saw. It looked great and was a nice step up in power from the 250. Found one I liked on the electronic bay and drove to Georgia to pick it up.

All I've done for it so far is strip off the stock seat cover and foam and recover it in upholstery foam and marine vinyl. The stock seat was too hard for my liking, I like for my butt to sink in and be cradled. It felt like I was gonna slide off the back with the stock seat. Also I have short legs and I sit a little lower now so that's nice. It came with some aftermarket exhaust that's a little loud but sounds ok so I'm not gonna bother replacing it.



Loving this machine.. I've never had a fuel injected bike before. It's nice not having to fiddle with the choke and having a gas warning light  :lol:



« Last Edit: January 24, 2017, 11:28:58 PM by jeepidude »

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 07:41:54 PM »
I've had two and still have one.  Great all around bikes.  You have the better engine with dual spark plugs and should get better fuel mileage than my 05.  Don't bother with engine mods, you won't really gain much.  The geometry is super forgiving and it won't try to kill you. 

I just sold my GSXR swap because the results really aren't worth it unless you're on the track.  If anything, get a Li-ion battery when your current battery gives up.  I put one in my old track SV and was amazed at the difference.

Ride the hell out of it and enjoy it.  Congrats on the purchase!
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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2017, 08:03:10 PM »
Thanks! Roger on the battery. Mine's doing well so far, started it the other day after a couple months in winter storage. I'm considering throwing on the foot rests and handlebars from the naked version for  a more relaxed rising position. And swapping out the forks for some firmer ones. And then maybe adding some storage if it's comfy enough for trips.

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 11:50:02 AM »
Absolutely fantastic bikes.
I had an 01 (the first gen carb'd model). Still a great bike and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

I'd rather have one than my zx9r. I'm trying to sell the zx9r and maybe even my drz and get something cheaper to beat around on with how awful shape my back is in and I kind of bike'd myself out last summer. A sv650 is high on my list for a cheap replacement, or ideally an sv1000. With my back I'd like to find a sv650n or if an s put n bars on it for a more upright seating position.

Their powerband and weight just make them ridiculously fun to throw around and on city streets really the power is more than enough to put a smile on your face thanks to the torque. The only time it really feels slow is if you're  trying to do triple digit speeds. Seemed like 1-80 my sv was a monster compared to the slugness of a normal 600 or even my zx9r at low rpm/low speeds.
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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2017, 10:09:56 AM »
Absolutely fantastic bikes.
I had an 01 (the first gen carb'd model). Still a great bike and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

I'd rather have one than my zx9r. I'm trying to sell the zx9r and maybe even my drz and get something cheaper to beat around on with how awful shape my back is in and I kind of bike'd myself out last summer. A sv650 is high on my list for a cheap replacement, or ideally an sv1000. With my back I'd like to find a sv650n or if an s put n bars on it for a more upright seating position.

Their powerband and weight just make them ridiculously fun to throw around and on city streets really the power is more than enough to put a smile on your face thanks to the torque. The only time it really feels slow is if you're  trying to do triple digit speeds. Seemed like 1-80 my sv was a monster compared to the slugness of a normal 600 or even my zx9r at low rpm/low speeds.

Yeah I remembered a couple members on here had these and everyone seemed to like them. My brother's ZZR600 feels sluggish until you really get into the powerband.

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2017, 10:32:51 AM »
Yeah I remembered a couple members on here had these and everyone seemed to like them. My brother's ZZR600 feels sluggish until you really get into the powerband.
It doesn't help that ZZR600's are junk.

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017, 06:03:58 PM »
Hey I loved my zzr600's.

Granted I'm talking about the zx6r versions, not the early 2000's ones.

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2017, 06:11:54 PM »
Those were different bikes.
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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2017, 02:40:23 PM »
I can't remember what year my brother's is but he loves it. His current one is his second ZZR600, his first was pretty beat up to start with. We both got out of motorcycles for a while and when we got back into them we both got the bikes we always wanted lol. I wanted an SV650, he wanted a pristine ZZR600.

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2017, 05:10:12 PM »
You could say an SV650 is 16a; I have two.  :lol:

I will give a money saving tip. Do your own oil changes. You can buy Castrol motorcycle oil for $5.69 a quart at Walmart and the Fram PH6018 for $8.88 The SV650 takes 3.5 quarts

How to link -> http://devourmiles.com/blog/how-to-change-the-oil-in-your-sv650/

SV650 by Gremlin72, on Flickr
This one is mine

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Re: 2008 Suzuki SV650s
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2017, 01:08:01 AM »
I enjoyed my SV very much, but I'm getting older and my back starts hurting after an hour on it so I sold it and got an '07 Honda Shadow 750 Aero instead. I'll create a thread one of these days. Nothing fancy, just a small, comfy cruiser.