Recommended Aftermarket Levers & Radiator ??
So, I crashed my bike, It's a 2003 SV1000S K3 and I have the mechanical know-how and tools to rebuild her. Plus I love her and I don't want to let her go to the grave. I went down because of some sand / gravel in the road, in a turn, that I didn't notice until it was too late. My front fairings are all torn up, lights, levers and Radiator are all busted, etc. I've decided I'm not going to give up on her. I'm going to rebuild her. I have been looking around and have found a great many things, but I would really like the input from you experienced SV gurus here. I will post pics as soon as I can. I am planning to make her into a thrasher / stunt bike to fool around on. I have already found a few different versions of frame / engine cage that I will eventually go for. I'm going to do cage, sliders, and any kind of other bars that seem sensible to me. Before you start tearing into me for the "stunting" thing please understand that I have no intentions of trying to do wheelies at speed in traffic or any insane stuff. I mainly want it to be able to take a tumble like it did this time without getting completely bashed up like it did this time. When I do mess around on it, it's gonna be in large parking lots. I'm too old to go crazy out in traffic.
I need the following parts and I'm open to suggestions on changes and alterations. She's scratched up and ugly now, so I'm no longer worried about appearances with her.
- Radiator - BikeBandit.com wants upwards of $550 and everything else I have seen for $100-200 is utter garbage so far. Any recommendations on where I can get a replacement radiator that's not a crappy aftermarket one would be great. I would be open to a quality aftermarket one, but the ones I have seen so far have been reviewed to be worthless. Also, nothing from madhornets.com. I already saw what they have to offer and checked scam reports and they're listed as heavily shady / fraudulent. How does one go about finding used parts for motorcycles? For cars I would just call around junk yards, but I don't ever remember seeing many bikes. Where do we look for bike stuff? Also, feel free to tell me to just bite the bullet and spend the $550 on a new OEM radiator. I need the most reliable solution and I'm already thinking the OEM one. Maybe I just need to hear it from people wiser than me, I dunno.
- Both levers for front brake & clutch - I'd like to get a matching shorty set. The OEM levers weren't bad, but they got ripped off. The brake lever is there, but the round dowel / puck it mounts to on the pivot-point has wallered out the hole in the lever from it bending and I no longer trust it to stay because it has inches (plural) of vertical play on the lever now. The clutch and brake master cyl bodies all appear to be servicable. Neither resevoirs have broken or leaked, so if I can do just levers I would like to try. What products do y'all gurus recommend?
- Rear brake lever - The foot lever for the rear brake is bent up really bad now. With this being how it is along with a prior bend on my left side peg mount I want to go with a whole rear-set replacement. What's a good durable brand to use? It doesn't have to be all street-race fancy. I'm more interested in quality and durability.
- Finally: Head Light & Gauge Cluster - The front fairing is all torn up, so I've ditched the plastics. The back half of the light assembly has the bottom two mounting tabs broken. It appears that I can disasemble the light shell and replace just the back and then the fairings, etc. Is this the best choice to go OEM again though? I'm entertaining the thought of just going with a single light setup like the SV1000 has in place of the SV1000S fairing and sport bike look it had as OEM. With the S version's fairing sub-frame still being in great shape is it worth it to just ditch it and change it up for SV1000 style front, or should I just take it all the way back to OEM for the S? The gauge cluster is in perfect condition as far as I can tell. Right after the crash, my friend i was riding with was able to upright it and start it, but I had to go in the ambulance to get checked out. With the clutch switch I know it had the clutch lever at that point or he wouldn't have been able to start it. I think that the tow company or impound yard caused more of this damage than the crash did. Anyways because he was able to start it, I'm fairly certain that the rest of the bike is in operable condition.