Big boy SV finally tastes some track action!
Well it finally happened, I was able to get everything sorted out with my 2006 Suzuki SV650 so that I could take it onto a track. And boy was it glorious!
I have done a lot of suspension upgrades to the SV and I think it really paid off.
- 2001 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 forks (Racetech Springs/Emulators)
- Vesrah front brake pads
- GSX-R steering damper
- 2010 Kawasaki ZX-14 rear shock
- eBay levers
- SV Racing Parts rear sets
The bike handled way better than in stock trim and the front forks kept the acceleration and deceleration in check. I think that was the best thing I could have every done to my SV.
The only trade off here was that the GSX-R forks were slightly shorter than my SV forks. And I haven’t swapped out my SV tire yet, so that also makes the bike a little bit lower in the front. This all results in more forward rake than I would have liked. The result was a lot of weight on my palms, EVEN when I clamped down on the tank with my knees.
Unfortunately that made me a lot more tired than I thought I would of been. In addition to the very very hot day, this made me extremely fatigued.
I gotta hand it to the riders of the bigger bikes, it definitely takes a fitter person than me to stay in control for an extended period of time. I got in a handful of good laps, but I just barely beat out the times I got when I was on the Ninja 250R.