Join Date: Jun 2004
Sportbike: 02 SV650s
Years Riding: not long enough.
How you found us: someone told me
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Res: Thank you! However, I already did all that last year...
Early fall I changed the oil then rode it a few miles to a gas station for air in the tires and when I was there it started sputtering and stalling/dying. When I barely made it home, the radiator level seemed low, and the oil window was milkshake-colored. A few months later I completely drained the oil, put in fresh oil (I already know the SV likes Shell Rotella-T ), new filter, topped off the radiator with about "1/2 gallon" water (which I thought seemed like a lot). Then when I restarted it, almost immediately the oil sight window turned from a normal dark black/brown to a McDonald's chocolate shake color. Turned off the bike, looked at the radiator, and couldn't even see a level (which is nearly impossible if it's working properly) so I took my garden hose to fill it.... Almost immediately the oil sight window started filling up as I was putting more water in the radiator, and the radiator never did fill up at all (the oil level was not completely full prior to trying to re-fill the radiator)... Money hasn't been terribly abundant, so it's sat in the garage all winter, and I'm afraid that the engine is kaputt. Rather than spending a crapload of time/effort trying to DIY the thing with the real possibility that I need a new engine (which is not difficult to swap a 2nd gen into my 1st gen SV), I would rather take it to a reputable mechanic that has the proper tools & space to do everything at once...
Heya Rocky! Your boy is gettin big!! How are you?
And yes, it's me.... I never left the area.
I'm afraid my procrastination in getting it taken care of and getting the water outta there may mean that I need a totally new engine....