Join Date: Sep 2004
Years Riding: all of them
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The weight of you and the motorcycle has a lot to do with whether or not your motorcycle can pull a certain gear ratio as well. This comes into play more with lower HP machines like your SV650. If you can shave weight off the bike/you it is more likely that your bike will be able to pull a taller gear.
Some easy weight saving tips for the SV are an aluminum subframe, smaller battery (you arent running lights) ect... basically get rid of any unneeded weight.
For the SV I recommend you order a 16 front for sure. Buy a couple rears and try them. I recommend a 44, 43 and maybe a 42. The stock is 15/45 correct? Buy a spare chain and try to keep your rear axle at a central spot in the swingarm. You should always have a spare chain anyway. I dont even buy the o-ring chains anymore. Buy the non o-ring with the correct tensile strength and keep it clean, they last just as long.
Pay attention to your RPMs and try to gear the bike so you aren't making unwanted gear changes or unneccessary gear changes. The less you shift gears the faster the lap times.
At BHF, Gingerman, Putnam, Grattan, Autobahn North I alway ran a 15/47 with the stock SV. With the built one I'm able to run a 15/44. I'm going to widdle as much weight as I can over the winter. Pick pick pick widdle widdle widdle....
"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer
Last edited by Grasshopper; 06-03-2008 at 08:59 AM.