I had been having some front end and braking problems since i bought the bike. The front end never felt really planted, didnt hold a line well in corners, kind of vague wobbly when leaned over. The braked always felt soft. I try changing fluid and it helped a little but never lasted. I had owned a 03s and knew this isnt what an sv should feel like.
I tried stiffer springs as i am about 250lbs all geared up, didnt matter. Tried new brake pads. Didnt mattter.
I bought the bike used with only 3000 miles so i didnt figure much needed done. In the last 8000 miles or so he problems of course only got more pronouced.
So i figure almost 12k miles, time for some fork oil change. WOW was it bad. about 50ml low and ugly. I followed the details from this post, http://www.sv-portal.com/forums/show...light=fork+oil
I used maxima 10WT. I didnt fill to the recommended 162mm from top. i filled to 175 from top and figured i can add some if needed. let me say WOW!!!
I reset suspension settings to factory default and just at factory default there is a whole world difference. Front end is solid, holds a line in corners, turn in is 100% better, no more wobble or vagueness, brakes can pull the rear tire off ground. This is all without fine tuning the setup for my big ass.
So if anyone has any second thoughts about changing their fork oil, Dont wait. Do it now! It's really like a new bike, if i had test driven an sv without knowing what it should feel like i would've probably passed on it.
Thank you everyone from other posts with recommendations on fork oil changing process and al the info on oils(the wt., viscosity, brand differences)
You guys kick butt, keep at it