The "dear friend" is my SV-1000K, naked model, which I purchased new in Petaluma, CA on 7/3/2003 and have been the only rider therof.
Selling a bike is due to one or more of many reasons. In my case, I recently turned 80 and this morning the scale read only a svelte 137# with me aboard. Frankly, I am do not feel secure when moving the bike from the garage or out of parking spaces, etc. I've gotten its weight down to around 450# fully fueled, but the rather tall c.g. and the somewhat narrow bars work against me. This bike has never had the slightest tip-over and I don't want to break that record. I ran it last Sunday and that was it. I already have a Suzuki DR-650 which is 90# lighter and has nice, wide bars that instill confidence. The bike has 42K miles, but that is with a 36T rear sprocket, versus the OEM 41T, which I still have. I don't like a lot of revs and at a 60 mph cruise my SV turns 400 rpm less than with the larger sprocket. A little math will disclose that the crank turns over 24,000 times LESS per hour at 60 mph than with the OEM 41T rear sprocket. Fuel mileage has been a consistent 47mpg and this in part is due to my riding like a little, old man, which I fear I have become.
I have never, ever, run the engine over 7000 and that rpm was attempted only once about a dozen years ago. Mostly, I run go through the gears up to 4000-4500 rpm. I use the bike for touring, not sport riding.
Power Commander III, which smoothed out the power at low rpm very nicely.
P.A.I.R. exhaust air injection valves removed and replaced with a Chewy's kit. This tidies up the area above the cam box covers.
Front Fenda Extenda (adds about 8" to the rear of the front fender, keeping grime out off the engine and radiator)
Laser cut custom aluminum radiator guard.
2" taller handlebars, with Motion Pro longer cables and Galfer braided stainless clutch and front brake hoses.
K&N air filter
Sprocket Specialists hardened aluminum 36T rear sprocket.
LED voltage meter
Maier headlamp fairing
Yoshimura 3/4 system (marvelous weight saving and low/mid-range power improvement)
Sargent "World Class" seat
Suzuki color-matched passenger seatreplacement cowl
Buell Odyssey footrests (lower rider footrests a full inch)
Shorai LiFe battery, 2 years old. This was pricey and worth every penny as it is very powerful and weighs just 3#!
All original tools remain, unused but for the spark plug wrench which is really a necessity when checking plugs.
Race Tech fork springs and Race Tech modified OEM shock absorber with several Eibach springs of various weights.
There are no marks, scratches, dings, leaks, etc anywhere on this bike, which has been garage-kept since new and covered when parked outside at my job. Yes, I still work at age 80.
The Green Connector upgrade has been performed, and the alternator rotor magnets have been secured properly (they never did come loose, but I wanted to be sure they didn't).
Michelin tires are front Pilot Activ installed less than 1000 miles ago and the rear Michelin Pilot Road has 40% tread left.
All OEM parts are included, plus a very nice OEM rear wheel and a little-worn Shinko sport tire.
Rear brake pads were replaced not more than 1000 miles ago. The front pads are original and have lots of thickness remaining.
This bike has never needed any repairs. Period. It is a good value at $3000 FIRM. In a week, I'll put it on Craigslist but for $3500.
I would be interested in a trade up on a very late model Suzuki DR-650 (I want to do a SuMo conversion) in similar condition, but an outright sale would be preferred.
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and I'll send about 8 photos taken today and will answer any questions.
Thanks, and special thanks to Mike Schmidt, Recoil Rob and Rick ("Longhair") for wonderful posts and camaraderie. This has been a wonderful forum and resource to me and to all SV-1000 owners worldwide.