pr0ject_mayhem: (Motorcycle)
pr0ject_mayhem ([personal profile] pr0ject_mayhem) wrote2011-11-21 07:38 pm

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Been a while...

This is my 2001 SV-S.

It has over 42,000 miles on it. It needs a new front tire. The front and rear plastics are cracked or broken on both sides. The seats have been recovered with duct tape. The right mirror stem has been welded back together. The previous owner was rear-ended on the highway, so I had to fix the subframe with channel locks and a maul to be able to install a taillight and reattach the grab rail. The license plate light cover is patched with electrical tape. It doesn't do track days (yet). It has no suspension or performance upgrades, no modifications or fancy paint. The closest it has to alterations are some flushmount blinkers because the ones the PO had installed were barely visible, and a Yoshi slip-on. I've downed it twice in the past year- once in a patch of gravel, once after hitting an oil patch in front of a manhole cover.

This is a working motorcycle. It gets ridden in pouring rain and blazing heat and humidity. It's been my sole form of transportation on multiple occasions when my car has broken down and I haven't had time or money to fix it. It's gotten me to my main job and odd jobs when I've been working eighty hours a week, seven days a week. I've strapped everything to it from tools, groceries, and a baby gate. I've strapped camping gear almost three feet high to the back of it and ridden 90 miles to a campground at 3 in the morning with it.













And it's been my favorite bike I've ever owned.

Needless to say, there's been some maintenance involved.



I had to replace the stator because it wasn't charging. If your bike is running fine at highway speed, but your speedo isn't working properly and you know it's not the speedo because you just changed the front drive, you might have an electrical problem.



I was having an additional issue with it not starting. The ignition switch didn't even dim the lights, let alone turn the starter. I pulled the clutch switch and checked it. Continuity's good. OK, while I've got the multimeter out, let me check- oh hey, look at that- the black/yellow connection to the green/yellow ignition wire that runs under the fairing is busted- and looks like the one going to my gauge lights isn't doing much better, let me put on some new connectors...ok, it works.

Put clutch assembly back together, nothing. Wait a minute...



The little tab that catches the clutch lever is worn down. I could pull the clutch in, but it wouldn't move the switch to close the circuit. So I snipped the tab off and glued the switch in place, essentially bypassing the safety.



I've got some red LED's on order to replace the dash lights with- I had a similar setup on my old Ninja.

[identity profile] normalcyispasse.livejournal.com 2011-11-22 02:34 pm (UTC)(link)
What a champ of a bike. Sometimes those workhorses end up being the best bikes of all.

[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/project_mayhem_/ 2011-11-26 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
The downside is, it's also getting to a Santa's list of new parts.

It needs-
-new front tire
-new master cylinder
-new R/R
-DEFINITELY gonna need a new battery
-new rear sprocket
-new chain

And I'm not talking about the niceties, like reupholstering the seat so I don't get sog-ass every time the bike's been in the rain, or fixing all the broken plastics.

[identity profile] gehen-kaizen.livejournal.com 2011-11-22 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd ride it :)

[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/project_mayhem_/ 2011-11-26 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
You'll get to, next time I'm in the ATL. Seriously, you'll love it. [profile] hipmama's about your size and used to ride one, so no worries about handling (my GSX-R was a fooking beast- with its size and seat height, it would've put your Quads of Might and Awesome to the test at stoplights).