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Forum: For Sale - SV's and SV related items Yesterday, 10:42 AM
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Posted By Craig380
Various 650 K6 parts for sale

As I don't have my 650 K6 any more, I'm selling a few bits I can no longer use.

Complete throttle body assembly
For a K3 - K6 SV650 (may also work with the later K7-onward machines, I'm not...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking Yesterday, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By Craig380
Re: Piston slap or valves?

You can even do it without draining the coolant, just unhook the radiator and let it dangle on the hoses (supporting it on a box or similar).
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 17-03-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By Craig380
Re: Piston slap or valves?

I think it's probably the latter, as the head is a big casting. As mentioned, I've no experience of this myself, but that's what a couple of owners on SVRider have reported.
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 17-03-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By Craig380
Re: Piston slap or valves?

When were the clearances last checked? Over on SVRider, the greybeards there say that on the SV, the clearances actually WIDEN by one thou or so when the engine is warm. Seems counter-intuitive, I...
Forum: Bikes - Talk & Issues 15-03-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 993
Posted By Craig380
Re: B*ll*cks

I meant to post this earlier but it slipped my mind. I crashed wearing the 35 aramid-lined jeans that I bought from eBay a few years back (they come with removable soft armour for the knees and...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 14-03-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,503
Posted By Craig380
Re: Oil filter change

A guy on another forum I used to frequent was running a Honda VFR400 ratbike that he'd bought cheap from a breaker. As an experiment he was deliberately not changing the oil or filter (he was...
Forum: Bikes - Talk & Issues 12-03-19, 08:00 AM
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Views: 160,918
Posted By Craig380
Re: What have you tinkered with today?

+10. It's only a quid from Tesco / Sainsbury. Apply it with an old paintbrush, I've used both a brush and a sponge and the brush is WAY more effective. Agitate it a little with the brush, leave...
Forum: The Border Patrol 10-03-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 219
Posted By Craig380
Re: Weather :(

As long as it bucks up in the next couple of weeks, as I should be back on two wheels by then ...
Forum: Bikes - Talk & Issues 10-03-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,624
Posted By Craig380
Re: 1979 Suzuki X5 Long term rebuild

It's worth noting that 65mph on the clock was achieved in the following conditions:
- rider aged 17, weighing 10 stone
- feet on pillion pegs, chin on tank, left hand on fork leg for that 'flat...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 10-03-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 460
Posted By Craig380
Re: Bloop - what do you think about this problem?

I know people that have done this, apparently the smokescreen produced is quite spectacular and it's possible to see the 'ring of fire' move along the pipe as the soot, oil & crud burns :smt074
...
Forum: Bikes - Talk & Issues 10-03-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,624
Posted By Craig380
Re: 1979 Suzuki X5 Long term rebuild

The B100P looks good! You've saved it and got it running again, that's the important thing. I passed my bike test in 1981 on an identical model (even the same colour).

I think I only ever saw...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 09-03-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 460
Posted By Craig380
Re: Bloop - what do you think about this problem?

You could try the other approach of scarifying the inside. I got an old clutch cable and spread the strands in one end so they made like a chimney sweep's brush. Then fix the other end of the cable...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 09-03-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 460
Posted By Craig380
Re: Bloop - what do you think about this problem?

It's worth removing the silencer and giving it a really good hammering with a rubber mallet on the seams to loosen all the baked-on crap that it will be full of. Don't bother with the old caustic...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 09-03-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 460
Posted By Craig380
Re: Bloop - what do you think about this problem?

If it's running fine, leave it. Concentrate on easier matters, like trying to set the points gap and timing through the slots in the flywheel :-D
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 04-03-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By Craig380
Re: AL7 / AL8 servicing

Thanks! That's good to know.

I was also looking at 2012 - 16 DL650s (for a bit of a change) but actually got a bit put off, because getting at the plugs / air filter basically means removing...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 04-03-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By Craig380
AL7 / AL8 servicing

I'm looking at an AL7 / AL8 to replace my sadly written-off K6S.

In terms of access to the air filter, rear cylinder spark plugs etc, does the fuel tank lift and hinge backwards in the same way...
Forum: Bikes - Talk & Issues 01-03-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 378
Posted By Craig380
Re: I'm missing something...

Agreed, looks nothing like an original CB750.
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 28-02-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 597
Posted By Craig380
Re: Help Please. What is this problem?

The antifreeze must be silicate-free, that's the only thing to watch for. Halfords sells ready-mixed coolant in 2 litre bottles for a tenner which saves you having to mix. The Halfords 5-year red...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 27-02-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 361
Posted By Craig380
Re: Reserve fuel tank specs

My dear departed K6S always gave me 55 - 60mpg. This was riding briskly, using about half-throttle most of the time (weekend leisure riding, not commuting)
Forum: Bikes - Talk & Issues 26-02-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 993
Posted By Craig380
Re: B*ll*cks

It looks fine from this side, apart from the displaced tank and missing side panel. Less so from the other side.

Bye bye, SV. Gone too soon.

https://i.ibb.co/421LCjC/Byebye-SV.jpg
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 26-02-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Craig380
Re: Anyone know of a resource ...

@Talking Heads - thanks, I did some digging and the paint job was a limited edition done by Dream Machine apparently. I know what you mean about white wheels too :)
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 26-02-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Craig380
Re: Anyone know of a resource ...

Aha, thanks for that. It's interesting not only for the colour scheme but also 'cos it's got all the accessories: crash bungs, hand guards, factory larger flyscreen, rack & top box etc.
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 25-02-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Craig380
Anyone know of a resource ...

... that features the colour schemes Suzuki offered on each year's model of SV?

I'm looking at an AL7 at a dealer, but I've never seen the colour scheme elsewhere, nor an AL7 with white wheels ......
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 25-02-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By Craig380
Re: K7 onwards versus K3 to K6?

I've been looking at the 2012 - 16 models (without the 'beak', and with the Gladius-derived engine), and I do quite fancy one ...
Forum: SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 25-02-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By Craig380
Re: Selling advice

For example prices, this is quite useful, scroll down the page for price guides:

https://www.thebikemarket.co.uk/suzuki/sv/sv650s
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