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i have a chance to pick up a nice 06 fairly cheap i was just wondering if any of you had any thoughts on this motor.
from what i have read the motors sounds real nice almost like a ducati and they're torque mosters!
just haven't read or heard how the motor stacks up agaist the S3'S?
I read in cycleworld when they had their street fighter issue they said the sv1000 is the best v-twin that didn't speak italian. the 1/4 mile time was pretty impressive so was the 0-60mph top speed wasn't bad either.
it seemed by they're reviews the sv1000 is close in engine performance to the s3.
and on motorcyleusa.com in the sport/touring shoot out they drag race a buell,ktm adventure,ducati multistrada v-strom1000 and the v-strom pulled of the best 1/4 mile time.
 

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I rode one. I like 'em a lot. Great bikes, but just a little to cookie cutter for my taste. Definitely a torque monster! Almost ZERO throttle to pull from a stop, with little clutch slip needed. Not as much up top, but a little more down low. Sound great. Nice ride, but a little soft in the suspension area. Brakes work nicely(no mush). Comfy. The one I rode was fully naked, not the half faired S model. I think it was an '03.
 

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The sv1000 was one of the bikes I looked at before getting s3. Everything I researched was pretty positive. The motor is suppose to be a lot of fun. My only issues with it were the riding position put too much weight on my wrists for all day riding, and stock they look a little plain. Of course both of those can be changed. If the price is right, go for it.
 

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They are a nice bike! I can only echo the comments already posted. Engine is very good, similar power to the 955i S3, suspension is a little on the soft side, but $300 in fork work completely changes the bike. Fun to ride for sure. Two of my buddies I ride with have SVs. One it the naked the other is the SV1000S. We're all pretty evenly matched as far as weight/skill/bikes. I've spent a fair amount of time on the SV1000S and wouldn't say no to it as a second bike / track bike. A TRE (timing retard eliminator) goes a long way to better throttle response supposedly. I think the biggest complaint I hear from them is the stock seat.
 

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I've never ridden one but all the things I hear seem to be good. I'll bet they have a forum somewhere you can go lurk and see what the faithful have to say.
 

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Its a decent bike. I rode my father's 03 SV1000 for a year before buying my 03 Speed Triple. IMO;

SV (naked 03) negatives
-crap seat that digs into your thigh and makes your ass cry after a short ride
-tank doesn't contour well with my legs
-foot position is a little too neutral and I got cramps in my calves
-handlebars are decent, but would be better swapped out for Renthal Ultra Lows
-stock suspension is laughable and the bike is a bit squirrely in the corners with the stock tires

Positives
-Cheap
-Easy to work on
-LOTS of parts out there for it
-Big Frame sliders will keep it from getting much damage in a slow drop (wife dropped it once on each side and only broke off the little breakaway lever pieces on the levers)
-Good low end grunt and predictable power which makes it an excellent all-around bike from beginner to advanced


I still think the Speed Triple is a better bike in stock form and am glad I bought my 03 955i Speed Triple instead of going with a Suzuki. I've had several people have serious problems with Japanese bikes crapping out on them and having to fight both the dealership and Honda/Yamaha to get their bike repaired (and replaced in the Yamaha case).

As far as an SV1000 sounding like a Ducati... I guess thats subjective to some, but my 1098 sounds nothing like dad's SV1000, lol.
 

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If I had the chance to pick one up cheap, I'd do it.
 

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I have a black '05 SV100S and I had an '03 naked SV1000 at the same time but I sold it to get my '07 white S3. Here's a pic of it with my S3.http://www.thespeedtriple.com/Forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2484.0;attach=426;image

I LOVE the SV1000! Yeah it's a cheap Jap bike but damn, they're fun. I think the black frame and bodywork that I have on my '05 is especially sinister looking. :d: Just about any aftermarket exhaust unleashes the most wonderful sounds from it. The '05 that I still have has an M4 titanium full system with a PCIII and dare I say, it would probably beat a stock S3 in a straight line with equal riders aboard. :devi: But the S3 handles better and brakes better so a few curves in the race would put the SV in its place. :slap: If you like V-twin sound and grunt, the SV1000 is a fantastic bargain. And with a few choice mods, it's a street weapon to be reckoned with.
 

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If ya get one...Ya have....and I mean HAVE to get the Sato Exhaust....mmmm..mmm...rode with a coupel guys from the Phoenix Sportbike Club out through Prescott....that was probably the most purdiest sounds i have ever heard coming outta a V-twin...and maybe outta a bike in general
 

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if it's a good deal and you have the $$$ get it. i also was looking at the naked sv1000 when i picked up the s3. a dealer who i have no problems naming "chicago cycle center" totally TOTALLY screwed me over on an sv1000 and hence i ended up saying f it and getting the s3. i'd still like to pick one up as a stable mate at some point though. the naked ones didn't sell very well and were going for peanuts 2 or so years ago. i often see people selling them used for more than they were going for new at one point, mainly cuz those people likely paid the premium price on them.
 
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