A sad parting with a dear friend of 14 years - SV1000 Portal
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 17th March 2017, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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A sad parting with a dear friend of 14 years

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.

Modifications include:
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.

I've tried to attach 4 photos. If these don't come through, please contact me at krglorioso@hotmail.com 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.

Ralph Glorioso
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 17th March 2017, 01:04 PM
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I hope that you still come around here Ralph. The place wouldn't be the same w/o you. You're my hero, continuing to ride @ 80!

No doubt, somebody is going to get a sweet ride at a great price.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 17th March 2017, 02:28 PM
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Too bad to hear that you're getting to the point that you can't comfortably ride it.

I'd consider a WR250X if you want a lightweight, reliable supermoto. EFI, 6 speed transmission, very low maintenance (26,000mi valve check interval), significantly lighter than a DRZ400 (which is a lot lighter than a DR650) with just a touch less power. Significantly less torque than a DRZ, though (which I imagine has less torque than a DR650).
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 18th March 2017, 02:51 AM
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Good luck Ralph! You have been a most excellent caretaker of the SV as well as an outstanding forum member. We all will sooner or later need to move on and are just watching over all of our toys until they go to new owners. I hope whomever gets your SV will understand just how special that bike is and how well you've maintained it over the years. Please keep in touch!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 19th March 2017, 06:16 AM
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I hope you still will be active on this wonderful forum!
I learned a lot of things from your conversations with other members.
I wish you many more years in good health,so you can enjoy riding on the new bike you are planning to get.
My SV decided to commit suicide last December...i got away with some bruises only,but i will keep on being active here!
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I am moved by the kind remarks of SV-1000 portal members. But then, I expected these. Thank you all!

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Greatest respect to you Ralf , just showed this to my kids who ask should you really be riding big bikes at 70 years old ! Told them to leave me be and get on with their own lives
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 23rd April 2017, 09:52 AM
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Hey Ralph.. So sorry your giving up on the SV. You and I started out together on our brand new naked SV's back in the spring of 2003... I remember plenty of your wise words of wisdom through the years... Really hope you stay on here as ol Longhair says it wont be the same without you, plus we all need to know about your new steed... I hope I'm still belting about when I'm 80, your an inspiration to me and all on here.

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