minimum racebike setup page is up

KC Gager kc at
Mon Dec 24 15:49:34 PST 2007

Hold on guys I'm not saying go out and try doing this with out help. 
Hello we have this list for a reason. Z and myself are happy to help guide
you guys thought this stuff. There are several books I can tell you about
that we help a lot. All you have to do is ask. I have had a few customers
that all they wanted to do is show up and ride. And that's fine but you
better have a big bank account. Most of us don't, so we need to learn how to
do some of the work ourselves? And silly me I kind of like the feeling of
knowing that it was done right when I did it my self. The fist book to get
is the SV repair manual. Read it cover to cover. Get to know it well.
Working on a bike start with that. If you have a R.M. you can take it apart
and put it back together with the right bolt torque. And more importantly no
extra pieces

KC Gager
BRG Racing Products
"We Have Sickness For Quickness"
KC at

-----Original Message-----
From: sv650-bounces at [mailto:sv650-bounces at] On
Behalf Of vik anderson
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2007 1:18 PM
To: Suzuki SV650 Mailing List
Subject: Re: minimum racebike setup page is up

To echo that, before I started racing I could barely do anything on a
bike. Since that time, I've screwed up a clutch, gone through about a
dozen different drill bits, overtorqued various bits, forgotten
others, etc. In the end, I at least try now before asking Zoran for

As far as learning to drill and wire, it is very nice to have someone
show you how to do the first couple of bolts. I can't be the only one
that looked at my first set of safety wire pliers and though "how the
hell do these work?"

On 12/24/07, Architeuthis dux <rg-sv650 at> wrote:
> Jo Rhett wrote:
> > Randy Grein wrote:
> >> What about some of the people who don't know which end of a drill to
> >> hold? (grin) Honestly, some of the newer bikers are totally untrained
> >> and can't turn a wrench without help. It's good they have someone they
> >> can turn to...
> >
> > *sheepishly raises hand* uh, Hi.
> >
> I have to agree with KC... all it takes to become "experienced" is to do
> it.  I slipped through tech with an unwired caliper bolt one time, so
> you can't count on them to find everything.  Unless you have mechanics
> with you at the track all the time, doing it yourself will make it so
> that you have a better feel what to look for when you do safety checks.
> Stuff that scared me that I'd never done before 2007...
> - fit a full fairing to a bike
> - safety wired
> - rebuilt forks
> - removed both wheels
> - swapped gas tank guts
> - replaced clutch parts
> - had a bike stripped down to nothing but an engine in a frame
> Just double the time estimates, read up on the procedure, consider
> calling someone for suggestions if you get into a tricky situation, and
> go for it!
> -rg, who has at least one bolt reinforced with several broken-off drill
> bits.


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