Suzuki SV1000N K3

So the Bandit had been sold, for a good price too, the chap didn’t even haggle!!! Now I was looking around for a project and the SV1000N popped up on a general sales page on Facebook. The price was good and it was generally all there so I went for it. The bike came with a set of panniers and a top box. As soon as I got the bike home I went through it and looked at all the things that I wanted to change. First thing to get removed was the pannier and top box rack. This made the bike look better straight away. Next thing to get remoeved was the dodgy alarm, it just wasn’t working right, so off it came. Then the heated grips came off. This left me with a completely standard SV1000, it even had the original silencers……. I mean who leave the original silencers on any vee-twin? It sounded like a sewing machine….. I wanted to change the bike and update it, basically I wanted to make it how Suzuki should have made it. So the mods, changes planned are as follows:
1. Braided Brake Hose – Some bike manufacturers, like Triumph and Aprilia, fit braided brake lines as standard but not any of the big four Japanese makes. Braided hoses look good and help improve old brake systems especially if they still have the original brake hoses. – Now fitted to the front brake, I chose race style with two full length hoses as these are easier to bleed.
2. Renthal Handlebars – The handlebars on the standard SV1000N are chromed steel, and look naff. I had some black alloy Renthal bars in the garage, but when I put them on the bike they just didn’t look quite right. They just seemed too long, so it was out with the metal cutter. I cut a couple of inches off each end and the bike looked much more balanced.
3. Bar End Weights – With the Renthal bars the standard bar ends a) Didn’t fit and b) Looked too big and heavy. So I sourced some small lightweight bar ends and these suited the bike much more.
4. Levers – The standard levers on the bike are silver and a bit crappy looking. I replaced them with some nice black adjustable levers.
5. Fuel Tank – The fuel tank on the bike was blue, like all the bodywork. There were a few paintwork chips and lots of small dents, about 20, it looks like someone dropped dropped a tin of big nuts on the tank…. or something. Luckily for me R-Burt had a spare tank kicking around (like you do) and he did a cracking job painting it black (like the rest of the bike will be) I have bought a chrome Suzuki S for the tank, which will look good on the gloss black tank.
6. Standard Silencers – The bike had standard silencers, was this the only SV1000 in the entire Universe that had standard silencers on it? I mean it sounded like a bloody sewing machine. Anyway I secured some replacement exhausts that were an unusual shape and suited the bike, and gave it back the great V-twin sound track.
7. Rear Mudguard/Numberplate hanger – The bike had the standard rear mudguard/numberplate holder, once again maybe the only bike in the world like that still has the original. I happened to have a Sv650 mudguard/numberplate, which is just that little bit smaller and fits straight on, it looks so much better I really do wonder why the Sv1000 got the big nasty one!
8. Rear View Mirrors – These weren’t original….. one of the only things on the bike that wasn’t original, but they looked crap. I had some Z1000 style mirrors kicking round the garage and I stuck them on the bike and they really suited it, so they’re staying on.
9. Heated Hand Grips – The bike came with heated grips, I mean who puts heated grips on a naked bike!!! They had to come off and be replaced with some nice standard grips.
10. Alarm – The alarm on the bike was barely working and had been sort of half fitted. You could put the key in and start the bike and nothing happened then the next time the alarm would go off. I really hate alarms, so I decided that it was coming off. After taking the bodywork off it was surprisingly easy to remove and took about half an hour, but I suppose it wasn’t going off all the time I was doing it, like it would be if I was stealing the bike.
11. Scottoiler – The bike had a Scottoiler fitted but it seemed to have developed a fault and had leaked all in the battery compartment and around all the electrics. I ended up taking all the battery compartment off and cleaning out all the gungy oil and cleaning oil off the electrics!!

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Ambitious Amateur Mechanic, with a slight (OK not slight) Suzuki bias