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post #11 of 23 Old 10-14-2019, 06:58 PM
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...The gearing is a bit extreme; 1st is useless, cant get into 2nd from neutral and can cruise happily 40kmh in 6th.
I had a look, ive got 15/42 gearing. Is this stock?
lost my phone holder so havnt had a chance to GPS test it. Traffic is definitely moving faster than me at indicated speeds though.
I feel like i could easily go 16/40 or more. ...

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post #12 of 23 Old 10-16-2019, 04:00 PM
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Looks like all ur posts got approved, and seems like u had to write everything up 3 times lol... feel sorry for ya. And will feel even more sorry for you after u hear this: I just sold my bike and the new owner didn't want the Givi rack (I'm keeping the plate & box) so he's taking it off and giving it back to me... I'm in Hong Kong and could've got my brother to bring it back for you next month for a small fee or a slab of beer haha! Oh well, seems this whole thread has been missed timing by a matter of a few days!! For your peace of mind, the Givi rack is rock solid and contours nicely with the rear curvature - much much better than the Venturi ones. I even used it to mount a pet carrier for my dog lol

Yeah, std gearing is 15/40, so at 42 rear it must be a wheelie maniac! A lot of folks put on a 16T front (std 40T rear) and seems to make it more like normal. I hadn't got around to that, as not a lot of freeway miles where I live here lol

Oh and mine had Rizoma bars and mirrors from the previous owner. Here's a few showing more details of the rack.
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That is a very beautiful bike. You must be sad to sell. Are you buying another bike? Stay safe over there! Yeah just my luck with the GIVI lol, oh well.

I might take it down to get a road worthy test done today so i can work on legally riding it. I think it will be ok for the most part, but one thing that is strange is the high beam low beam on my headlights.
In that, the left light seems to be constant high beam with the engine on and the right light flashes low beam when triggering the controls. Is this something as simple as the two headlight plugs being mixed up or are the two beams that drastically out of aim?

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Ok so turned out the plugs were around the wrong way lol. All good now
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Yeah I keep an SV650S in Syd for when I go back a few times a year, and mainly just take it to track days.
Really sad to sell the Z, but it was just too heavy and unwieldy for my here esp with the tight traffic and parking etc.
So I got another SV here to match my one back home haha! Seems it's the perfect size bike for me, really easy to ride and handle and just a great do-it-all bike. This one also came with a Givi rack (hence I kept the box and plate from the Z) as well as a host of goodies like Yoshi, Brembos, Ohlins shock, Scotts damper, Koso gauge etc. Figured since I got it cheap I might move some of those parts to my track bike in Syd.
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I like the looks of these bikes but the Givi rack pictures make me shudder, they're putting the weight in the worst possible place, high and behind the rear axel. This can lead to bad handling of the bike.

Find a way to utilize side bags.
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You're not going to be racing with a loaded top box on though, and unlikely ever to have more than 10kg in there at the best of times. Plus saddles make it hard to lane split and navigate urban areas.
For actual sport touring, saddle, and tank bags for sure.

Kook, looks like you have done well with that SV.
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I like the looks of these bikes but the Givi rack pictures make me shudder, they're putting the weight in the worst possible place, high and behind the rear axel. This can lead to bad handling of the bike.

Find a way to utilize side bags.
I 100% agree with you, but unfortunately it's a necessary evil for me, for practical reasons of living in Hong Kong. I don't have a car and traffic congestion is high, so the ability to lane filter is of much more importance. Plus it's almost all commuting so high speed handling doesn't really come into it. For the times when I'm actually going for an enjoyable spin or when I don't need to carry anything, I take the box off. Can't feel that the rack is there at all.

Doesn't look as good, sure. But it's a Godsend for when you do need it...
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Pic for attention lol
hey Kookinen what calipers are you running on her and what belly plate is that?
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