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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2004, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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EX500 vs sv 650

I am considering an EX500 for the track. I have heard of excellant aftermarket and track following. Will it hang with the SV's. And I bleed green so an SV is out of the ?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2004, 10:11 PM
 
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I've thought about going the EX500 route also. I've seen a few of them going pretty cheap, including the Penguin school bikes that are for sale. I think an SV even in stock form will leave a tweaked EX behind on the straights. But I'm curious to see what other people will say.
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Overall the SV probably has a beeter chassis, better torque curve and overall balance. But a properly modified EX (suspension mods) should be able to keep up with most SV's. IT's really up the the rider mor ethan anything else on those little bikes.
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What about a GS500? Suzuki also came out w/ a GS500f (fully faired version of the gs500) for 2004. Downside is the $5000 price tag compared to that of the SV.

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the SV is a better bike in EVERY way!!, look at the race results, SVs dominated all the lightweight classes, and did get in the Thunder bike class. I don't even think I seen a GS500 last year.

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I would get the SV as many people have them and race them. Parts are everywhere.

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EX should be much, much cheaper. But we're talking about pretty old technology. Yes, they have been raced for a long time, and there should still be a lot of old parts available. But you're talking about old brakes, old forks, old shock, old tires... All the technology is old. I bought an EX awhile back, thinking I'd track it. I took one ride on it on the street and said, NO WAY.

I think tops with a lot of engine mods you might be able to get 70HP out of it. But what tires are you going to run? Are you going to mod it, late model front end? Widen the rear wheel? Swingarm? Will the year you get even have disc brakes???

IMHO, I wouldn't do it. It's too much work to get the bike even remotely competitive, will cost too much in mods and have little resale value.

The SV right now is where it's at in this class. Tons of mods available, reasonable horsepower and options. Later and better technology at least availble for the suspension, wheels, etc.

If you're not racing, get a 600 and be done with it.
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Oh, and Wyatt from NESBA has raced both. You might want to get his opinion.
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SV. Until some other company brings in a 650 twin (you reading honda), there will be no other competition in LW class.

Or 3 or 4 year old 600 in decent shape. Sell the plastics. Make it a track bike. First generation R6s are selling at decent prices.

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Hmmmm.....I'm just wondering is he racing? or just wants a bike for track days? Something he can just leave prepped for the track and trailed? If thats the case......either bike will do, whatever is the best buy at the time, I personally would go with the SV, but the EX is a hell of alot fun on the track too.......oh......I just had a brain storm, one of each

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SV for sure! Not even a contest. Besides, the EX is super gay.

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i agree with everyone else. the SV is an absolute no brainer in comparison to the EX.

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post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Heres one out of the blue. 97 Yami Seca with race tech forks, works rear shock, and vortex clip ons for $1200
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What's wrong with your bike? Just want a track-only bike?
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id get an sv, after you learn how to go fast on it stock, you can punch it out to go even faster on it. I know im a kawi guy too, but you will get much more use out of the sv. but for the price of an sv, you can find a race prepped zx6r somewhere also. or even an f3 would be a good choice, did i just say honda??? yuck!!

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But 1200 is more my price range. Thre CR's said they could see my bike flexing in the turns and lets face it its a pig to turn!!
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then get a hawk, talk to vtr996 on the board here, he can help you find one, and he likes his alot, or get an ex500 or a gs500

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But for $1200 this could be my track CAT
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wow, that seca looks much better than the original stuff lol

SV over ex500, for sure.
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Hell yeah Loinclothe leathers!!
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lol, that is soooooo you man, i think you should go for it!!

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Oh yeah I gots me a track cat . Got to learn to put a paw down
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for $1200.00, why not! There will be SVs next year. You can race sportsmen on a EX too, no SVs getting in your way. I knew a guy who could fly on one.

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are you saying you bought the fur bike?

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Yep... pick it up at TWO in June BDS (Bryan) is gonna handle the transaction for me na d haul it to GA. Lookin at R6 body work as we type!
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dude leave the fur on it!!!!!!! LOL it will be easier for jack to find you!!

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