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Old 20-10-18, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default Back on a bike after 16 years.

Hi I have just brought a SV650s K3, 04 plate with 9600 miles on the clock. Cosmetically in beautiful condition apart from a scratch on the right panel under the pillion seat. Which will be sorted in the spring. Tyres have loads of life etc. And had a full service for its last MOT. What I would like to know is there anything that we'll need replacing or close to due to miles/ age. Which i should have checked. Ie how long do breaks clutch and so on last? Sorry if these questions seem simple questions but after so long of a bike I have forgotten.

As for the bike i have to admit I love it.
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Old 20-10-18, 05:04 PM   #2
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If the clutch works fine and isn't slipping, don't worry about it. It might be worth having a check of the brake pads to make sure they are intact, as they may well be the original ones, and they will be 15 years old if they are.

I would change the brake fluid over winter as well, unless you know it was definitely done at the last service. People rarely change it.

Keep an eye on the oil level too - some SVs can use a bit of oil. Note that you check the oil via the sight glass while holding the bike upright and at its 'balance point,' and ideally when the engine is hot, a couple of minutes after switching off. It takes about 250ml of oil to go from halfway between the L and F marks, up to the F mark.

After that, you can check the air filter and spark plugs etc whenever you feel like it. Enjoy it
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Old 20-10-18, 07:32 PM   #3
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Thank you Craig very much appreciated. Will follow your advice. And check what you have suggested. I did remember to check the oil when warm so I guess I remembered some bits
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Old 20-10-18, 08:04 PM   #4
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Was the coolant changed at the last service?
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Old 20-10-18, 08:22 PM   #5
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I have no idea. Probably best to say no. I'll have to pick up a service manual and watch YouTube to see how to do that.
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Old 20-10-18, 08:42 PM   #6
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Coolant, like oil, can need changing due to time it's been in the bike rather than just mileage, so worth doing it if you're not sure. I'd recommend getting the ready mixed OAT coolant from Halfords to take the faff out of mixing it yourself. I flushed the rad with a can of Wynn's Engine Flush too when I did mine as I had no idea of the history of it. That and purified water (our tap water is very hard and would cause limescale.. although the coolant is designed to combat it). Tesco value bottled water is fine and about 9p a litre.

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Old 20-10-18, 08:54 PM   #7
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If it had a full service for its last MOT I wouldnt worry too much,just get out and ride it. You will soon get the knack of biking back and any issues with brakes or tyres will be easily spotted. Enjoy.
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Old 21-10-18, 11:45 AM   #8
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If it had a full service for its last MOT I wouldnt worry too much,just get out and ride it. You will soon get the knack of biking back and any issues with brakes or tyres will be easily spotted. Enjoy.
this... mind and check your tyre pressures BEFORE you go out for the fist time on it. 33psi front, 36psi rear.
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Old 21-10-18, 12:20 PM   #9
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Check the age of the tyres.Even if they have good tread they might be past their useful life,

https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre-articl...of-manufacture
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Old 21-10-18, 12:46 PM   #10
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Thanks guys, gave the bike a wash which is always a way to check out everything. Tyres pressure bang on the mark. Oils and break fluids are also mid lines forkseals good and clean. Discs are in good condition no groves etc. Only thing found was the gear paddle breaket was very lose�� have done up the Alan bolts tight but will keep a eye on it. Ordered a mentiace manual last night.
Thanks again for all your help. Of out for a ride after lunch nothing to serious just get use to her and rebuild my skills. She's quicker than my last bike a ZZR 250!��
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