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post #1 of 19 Old 06-13-2003, 8:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: SV1000

Got to see an SV1000S up close....great looking bike...and the TL motor is going to make it an awesome combo.....


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Re: SV1000

she looks like this! that looks just like a TL frame as well...






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Re: SV1000

Only based on the TL motor, 'tech. It's not the TL motor. It's got smaller, single spring valves, new cams and lighter rods. Modified throttle bodies (claimed to make more room for the airbox as an aid in breathing) too.

While the old TLS engine made better total power on the dyno, it was peakier; pretty revvy for a twin (I've ridden a couple). The new engine makes max torque about a grand lower on the tach than the old one did. Nice.

I think it's going to be a real good motorcycle and I loved my .65L last-gen model, but true nakeds such as this one are best left to city duty IMHO. While I think the instrument pod and tail light are a bit on the weird side of styling, I'd still own one if I were independantly wealthy... a silver job with low Suburban Machinery bars just like on my 2001, a set of booming carbon Yoshi RS-3s, a fender kit and some sliders.

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showmethebombs : that looks just like a TL frame as well...
Nope, a brand new frame too.

Edit: Also SMTB, Baketech sounded as if he was pouring over the SV1000. The pic you posted is the SV1000S, the faired model, just fyi.



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Re: SV1000

I think that it is butt ugly... Too much 'squareness'. I prefer a more rounded, organic shape... as seen here (nws)

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That hijack leads to other types of 'jacking' if you catch my drift. Nice pic though.
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Re: SV1000

I cannot see it.....websence....

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Re: SV1000

Actually my first post was a typo....should have been the S model....
The one I saw was the Copper color..... *

Yes, the new frame is a piece of manufacturing art....built the same way as the 600RR subframe.... very tasty.




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Re: SV1000

I like the way this bike looks too. All I've seen are pics so far but I'd throw a leg over it in the showroom if I saw one.
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HondaGal : I like the way this bike looks too. *All I've seen are pics so far but I'd throw a leg over it in the showroom if I saw one.
I've done that much. We got the bikes pretty early here, although everyone's still awaiting the nekked thou.

Baketech, I'll respectfully part company with you on this one then... if I were in the market for a faired v-powered sportbike, I'd look to the RC or a sharply discounted leftover TLR. For the riding position you're subjected to on the SVS (low bars/high pegs), the ~106 hp ain't cutting it for me. The Superhawk is something of a toad and I think the SVS will prove to be one as well.

The SV1000 Urban Assaulter model with some loud exhaust, now THAT's got me interested. *



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Re: SV1000

Wow, that's a beautiful bike!!!
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Chain : Baketech, I'll respectfully part company with you on this one then... if I were in the market for a faired v-powered sportbike, I'd look to the RC or a sharply discounted leftover TLR.
I'm not interested in it...just think it looks good.
If I get an SV, it will be a 650 for a trackbike.....

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Re: SV1000

Sorry. I wouldn't buy it. Not for any technical reason but because dealing with Suzuki as a company is a bizatch. I had the worst experience with them and their dealers and have vowed never to buy another zuk.

The story? I know I repeat myself, but I told them I would tell every biker I met this story and I keep my word.

Remember your first bike? Almost everyone does. It doesn't matter if it's a pile of bolts or a new machine, it always lights up your eyes and is a memory forever. In my case, it was a brand new Suzuki GS500 - a beautiful machine in my rookie eyes. I set out to learn how to ride and picked it up in a matter of minutes/hours (I rode home from the dealership and I had never ridden a bike before). Anyway, less than a month later, I was zipping down the highway at 120km/h and I hear *tick*tick*tick*. I thought it was the truck next to me... uh... I checked my guages, no lights, then suddenly *SCREEEEEEEEeeCH* The engine locked up, rendering the clutch useless and locking the back tire... I skidded across 3 lanes of morning rushhour traffic and onto the shoulder - upright. My dad picks me up and we go to the local suzuki shop (I was 150km from home). The mechanic proceeds to size us up and then tells my dad that I never put oil in it and it was dry! Ok, it was one month old and he's right... I didn't. So I think that I killed my beautiful bike. My dad, not being as naive as I, says, 'Well, lets pull the plug and take a look.' Which the mechanic does and out pours 3.x quarts of oil! I'm like WTF? Anyway... caught in a lie, he was upset with us and wouldn't sign off on the warrantee work. I called the suzuki dealership where I bought it - they told me to take a flying leap because they don't care what happens after it leaves their lot and I called a mom&pop zuk shop near my home who told me they couldn't help me out. Straight to Suzuki Canada... Nope, they wouldn't help me out if the dealer wouldn't put in a claim! Like WTF?? A friend mechanic type checked it out and found that the oil pump had quit without warning. No oil light, nothing. Finally, we convinced the dealer to put in a warrantee claim. 4 weeks later, after a million phone calls to HQ and the dealer... they called me to tell me that they couldn't get all new parts (Looking back, I'm sorry I believed them). They replaced some parts with used parts... ok, well that would have been fine. 6 weeks later, I finally picked up my bike! 6-weeks! No apologies, nothing. They put my bike in the lot with the key in the ignition and left a message on my voice mail, 'You can pick up your bike, it's in the lot.' That's it. After that, my bike needed the engine rebuilt 3 times in the next 2 years because of compression problems and leaking oil. Why was the oil leaking?? Well... it turns out each time I had the engine rebuilt they REUSED the main gasket!! They didn't tell me that until I found an honest service manager in Toronto.

I traded it in on my first Honda and now I can't be happier. Honda's may not be as powerful as the gsx-r, not as sexy as the R1 not as ... uh... old as the Ninja but the 'whole package' of service, quality, performance etc. makes up for it.

Moral of the story? If you buy a Zuk, you better not have any problems because they'll tell you to go hump a tree.

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nomad : Moral of the story? *If you buy a Zuk, you better not have any problems because they'll tell you to go hump a tree.
I think that's too much of a broad stroke indictment. Everyone's got their own stories to tell and I've owned three Suzukis (Katana 6, Gix 1, SV). I was dealt with politely at two dealerships in both delivery and after-sale service scenarios.

I agree with you, however, that Honda makes a more refined, better polished motorcycle on total.
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Re: SV1000

I can't say too much because I've only owned Hondas. But from what I've read, owners accounts, and recall notices I'd never buy one, except for the SV. GSXR750's leaking oil. Cam chain tensioner recalls, 2 on the same part on the Busa. Subframe collapse on the Busa. The only bike they make that is durable from I've read is the SV. I wouldn't want to own any of their bikes longterm, they just don't have Honda quality.

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