Fresh from Ebay and lovingly wrapped in an extra small Abercrombie & Fitch sweater! What could it be!?!?
Yep, I’ve finally begun collecting parts for a suspension upgrade for Ruby, my SV650!
First item is a shock from a 07 ZX-10R. It’s one of the more common upgrades for the SV. The spring rate is 465 lb/in up from the SV’s 430 lb/in and has compression and rebound adjustment. It’s also about 8 mm longer. Raising the rear a bit will steepen the rake of the forks and reduce trail a bit. If I don’t like how that feels I can install some lowering links that came with the bike. Also my next set of tires I’ll be switching the front tire from a 120/60-17 to a 120/70-17. The taller tire will raise the front back up a bit so that should help too.
Now I just need to decide on what to do with the forks. Either going to go with new springs/oil/emulators or a GSX-R swap. I also have a lead on some Andreanni cartridges that might be a good third option.
Hopefully I’ll have a better idea of what I want to do to the bike after my 2-day track day this weekend!