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Old 09-08-2018, 06:15 PM   #1
rudolfs001
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Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Union City
Motorcycles: KTM 450exc, SV1000s, ZX6R, Buell 1125cr
Name: Rudy
2003 SV1000S - best sounding v-twin - $2800

Hey guys, I've got too many toys in the garage, and since I got laid off, I don't need a commuter

General info:
Price: $2800
Ready to ride as-is. Only thing it will need soon is a rear tire and oil change.
2003 SV1000S
~37k miles, increasing as I ride
Angel GT tires front and rear. Front has 60% life. Rear has 10%.
Tail tidy (plate mounted between tire and rear fender)
Integrated brake/turn signal
Smoked flush front turn signals
Aftermarket smoked windscreen (no info on it)
I bought at 32k miles, at which time:
Oil/filter change
New tires, same as above
New EBC HH brake pads
New brake fluid
New clutch fluid
Chain lube/tighten (and every 500 miles thereafter)
I used it primarily as a commuter. My work situation has changed, and I no longer need a dedicated commuter.
I also took it on a several day long trip to the Sacramento area foothills, where it performed admirably.
Luggage rack ($90 new) + monolock plate ($50 new) included

Pros:
Enthralling rumble from the twin Yoshi pipes. One of the best sounding bikes I've ever heard.
Very reliable, I've taken it on a couple multi-day 1000+ mile trips.
Has somewhat of a cult following due to it's short production run and relatively few sales (made '03-'09)
Fully adjustable front and rear suspension
Suspension professionally tuned by Catalyst Reaction
Geared fairly tall, so at 80 mph, you're at 5k RPM in 6th. Redline is 11k, which makes high speed cruising very comfortable.
Multiple Suzuki-branded keys
Large underseat compartment (for a sport bike)
Relatively low seat height
Very good headlights
Steering damper (stock)

Cons:
Generally rough around the edges cosmetically.
It's been dropped on the left, scarring the upper fairing a bit and the left exhaust.
Plastidip in random places. I've peeled most of it, but there's still some lurking. Two previous owners ago did it.
Has the infamous "clutch basket chudder". This is a very common problem on the SV1000. It feels like it's lugging from ~3-4k rpm and then smooths out. It has absolutely no negative effects other than the vibration in those low RPMs. Clutch operation is smooth and there is no slipping. The fix is an aftermarket clutch basket. Few people opt to do this, since the only reason to fix it is if you find the chudder annoying.
No history prior to 32k miles (when I bought it)
Missing right handlebar's bar end weight
Salvage title, I suspect from the above mentioned drop. I've found not frame damage, or any damage other than the fairing, exhaust, and other minor scratches. It tracks true and straight.
No factory toolkit
Two minor rips in the seat. I covered them with gaffer tape when I bought the bike, and it's stayed.

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Old 09-08-2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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Ha my old roommate when I was in the military had that exact bike. Same color. Same Yoshis. He wrecked it too and it was salvaged. Was rolling through a left hand turn in an intersection and he hit some crap piled up in the middle. Laid it down on the left side. Wonder if this is the same vin. That was like 12 years ago. Those Yoshis did sound great.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:43 PM   #3
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Ha my old roommate when I was in the military had that exact bike. Same color. Same Yoshis. He wrecked it too and it was salvaged. Was rolling through a left hand turn in an intersection and he hit some crap piled up in the middle. Laid it down on the left side. Wonder if this is the same vin. That was like 12 years ago. Those Yoshis did sound great.
That sounds like the same story he told me. Could be the same bike!
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:31 AM   #4
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:06 PM   #5
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