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Old 25-06-16, 11:36 AM   #1
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Am I the first to register here with a SV650A L7? Anyway, I traded in my 2012 Street Triple (yes, really, so if you're thinking about a triple, I'll answer any questions) for another SV, which makes it my third.
I bought a new 650S curvy in 2000 in the US and a (used) similar model when I returned to the UK 3 years ago so I knew what I was getting into.

I've only done 300 miles (in less than a week) but here are my impressions. It's very quiet (Euro4?), I was so used to the triple's cacophony that it was immediately noticeable - I've never fitted loud pipes to any bike in 40+ years of riding but I may make an exception for this one. The seat is diabolical, no really, it was designed by the devil and loaned out for the Spanish Inquisition. After an hour you wonder if you'll be able to sit down again - I'm having it rebuilt by Core seats of Nettleham (Lincoln).

The suspension is much better than my old curvy's, no excessive fork dive on braking and comfortable for a budget bike. My last SV's were economical but so far (running in, 5k rpm max), I'm getting 80 mpg.
Bottom line; so far, I like it.
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Old 25-06-16, 01:11 PM   #2
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I really like the look of the new SVs. Interesting that Suzi STILL hasn't improved the seat at all
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Old 26-06-16, 07:37 AM   #3
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Glad you're enjoying your new SV. I think the seats suit some people better than others. I have a standard seat on my curvy and I find it's one of the most comfortable seats and bikes I've owned. I'm happy to do 400+ mile days on it.
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Old 26-06-16, 01:52 PM   #4
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Garynortheast has a strange shaped bottom!
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Old 26-06-16, 02:07 PM   #5
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Ha ha! Quite possibly. Anyway that's a bit of a cheeky comment.
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Old 26-06-16, 09:32 PM   #6
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What made u give up the street for the SV? Just I'm on a 99 SV and think I would love a Striple.

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Old 27-06-16, 08:18 AM   #7
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Paul_R: why did I give up the Triple? A few reasons: I didn't like my local dealer, Webbs (and they were 40 miles away), the Triple didn't seem to hold its value - I bought it secondhand for 5k with 10k miles, 1 year later with 19k miles the same dealer offered me 3500 against a new "R" (8200 new) which seemed a big drop to me.

It handled beautifully but the suspension wasn't compliant and I spent 700 on front forks damping/Nitron shock with only minor improvement (I needed inserts for the forks but they cost almost 1000), the R model is better (I understand).

I was always worried about the charging circuit, my bike had had the R/R recall but many bikes still seem to suffer stator/reg/battery failures - I fitted a tri-state LED so I could monitor battery voltage - never had to do that on any other bike.

On the other hand the performance was exhilarating, it would pull strongly from 4k and start to howl at 8k picking up the pace as it did so. It's definitely a hooligan machine and always seemed to urge you to go faster. The brakes were excellent with lots of feel, it weighed about the same as an SV but felt like a bigger bike. I never bettered 52 mpg regardless of how slow I rode it, the later models are about 10% better - they have revised injectors and other mechanical changes.

I expected to get a good deal on a new one since this is end of the line for the 675 but didn't - I would not rule out buying a 765 (the new 800 triple) if I had the money when it is released (next year?) but would only plan on keeping it for a year. I read a lot of the Triumph forums (still) and I don't think the Triple is quite as reliable as the equivalent Japanese bike, although mine never let me down. I did 9000 miles but never in the rain and no short journeys, maybe that makes a difference. I did have "niggles" with switches and had to dismantle/clean the turn signal, sidestand, clutch and starter switches over the year. My insurance for the SV and Triple were the same which surprised me (but I'm old).

It does seem strange not being accompanied by the constant whistle which all Triumph triples seem to make - audible even with earplugs.

What clinched the deal to buy another SV, was the better trade in price, the looks of the new SV (and its price), the 3 year unlimited mileage warranty and its fuel economy. I must admit I do miss the Triples get up and go
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Old 27-06-16, 08:36 AM   #8
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Thanks. Grass always seems greener...

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Old 27-06-16, 12:08 PM   #9
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"Am I the first to register here with a SV650A L7?"

No, I have put 2,000 miles on mine now and I love it more with every mile. Fully agree about the seat, mine is a lot better now but still having it remodelled next week. I too initially thought that an exhaust was a must but as I have been using the engines full range I now find the soundtrack (mainly induction) to be absolutely fine so have binned that idea. Best money I have spent so far was a pair of Michelin PR4's. I found the standard fit tyres to be a little wooden but the feedback from the Michelins and especially the wet weather performance is outstanding.

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Old 27-06-16, 12:34 PM   #10
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Geoff - I'm too cheap to change my tyres at 2000 miles but when they wear out I'll follow your recommendations.

I've noticed that when I start mine from cold and ride off it feels like I need to use some choke which, of course it doesn't have. Fuel injection shouldn't do that so I'll ask about it on my first service, once one bar appears on the temp gauge it's fine.

I'm taking my seat in tomorrow - I admire you for riding yours for 2k miles, perhaps we should call you "Ironbutt".

Paul_R - don't let me put you off the Triple - my glass is always half empty. If you like acceleration - imagine your SV with another 25 bhp. If you do go for one buy the "R" (or Rx) with the fully adjustable suspension and radial brakes. If you do buy the non R - I have a Nitron shock for sale
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