Where are you again Jokester? I just want to know so I can start calculating the shipping costs for the parts I'll buy off of your wreck.
He he he, Look at my join date. The SV1K is hardly my first bike, in fact this one is my 3rd SV, and would be bike #40 and that tally now stands at 45, for many many years I had owned more bikes than I had been on this planet. Sadly now I am 5 bikes too few, if bicycles count, I am still younger than the 2 wheeled contraptions I've owned.
Lets see among the list of hacks I have built, numerous GS500's with katana FE's - I didn't invent the GSXR or katana swap for the GS, but I turned it into a franchaise, you mail me 1 part (the lower triple) and $50, and I mail it back with the rest of the katana FE as a bolt on fit. I only quit cos the machinist decided to die instead of make parts for me. Oh well, heaven got a nice machinist now.
I also raked a savage 9 degrees at the triples with a Kawasaki KX 125/250 Front end, and am doing one with a 12 degree rake with a frame slice job, not a triple pseudo rake.
My second SV, my first SV1K bought new was handed to me by the dealer 12 yrs ago, with a 1" or so lower front end where they had dropped it through the triples likely to demo it for someone.
I wont crash cos I got lower ground clearance, I would crash cos I did something stupid while being fully aware its got less ground clearance (or twitchier steering)
I am an old man, and ride like one, and have the scars to prove it. A GS500 provides more thrills than I can handle, and everything gets respect, both when wrenching and when riding.