[SV650] Greetings and questions

Randy Grein randygrein at comcast.net
Sun Jul 5 21:56:57 PDT 2009

Assuming it's a head gasket. Could just be the freeze plugs. A few  
years ago I stupidly forgot that my streetbike was a track bike  
conversion and hadn't added antifreeze. Pop the valve cover gaskets  
and check; the plugs are right under there.

Randy Grein, WMRRA #41

On Jul 5, 2009, at 9:24 PM, John Treadwell wrote:

> Bigger problem I just noticed. The oil looks like a milkshake. And  
> My coolant is down 1/4th of the way in the radiator, as yesterday...  
> it was almost full.
> Blown headgasket.
> Does anyone have any idea how much it typically cost to get one  
> replaced? I figure it can't be too hard to do on this, if it's the  
> rear cylinder. If it's the front it will be harder. I won't be able  
> to work on it and get the compression test results until Wednesday  
> now, as some things came up. But I'm wondering if I could get a good  
> deal on getting a majority of these things fixed... like the  
> headgasket, some oil leaks... chain and sprokets and tires.... I'm  
> imagining the price list for the parts will be something like this...
> Sprockets front and back - 60
> Chain - 60
> Headgasket - 50
> Seals - 20
> Tires - 260-300 installed from a stealership
> (Does anyone know If you can get better deals on tires online?)
> Anyone have any idea what labor might cost me on these things If I  
> have someone else do it?
> Looking at the diagrams, it doesent look too difficult to pull the  
> heads, and I probably need to for valve adjustments anyway, But I  
> just wonder if it would be more worth my time to let someone else do  
> the work instead. But It might cost far too much and I need to do it  
> myself. lol
> Looks like the carbs are at least less of a worry than before.
> Thanks again,
> --John
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Randy Grein" <randygrein at comcast.net>
> Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 9:38 PM
> To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at micapeak.com>
> Subject: Re: [SV650] Greetings and questions
>> Sounds like you still have crud in the gas. If it was sitting that   
>> long you may need to drain the float bowels a few times if any  
>> water  is collecting. Also check the air filter & make sure  
>> something isn't  nesting there. The right side cover, if it's from  
>> the outer cover is  an o ring; if the last owner pinched it it will  
>> leak like anything. If  you try to replace it clean the groove of  
>> oil & put a bit of grease in  it - sticky wheel grease is good - to  
>> hold the o ring in place while  installing. You might as well drain  
>> the oil at the same time; that way  you can replace the washer  
>> under the drain plug. I'm guilty as anyone  of not replacing it,  
>> but they don't reuse well.
>> The loud clicking sounds bad - broken wheel bearing maybe? Grab  
>> the  wheel & back end and push/pull it hard sideways; if you can  
>> feel any  slop don't ride it - at all! A loose chain has nothing to  
>> do with the  general lack of torque, that's still your carburation  
>> problem. At  least it idles but the choke (really it's an  
>> enrichener circuit, not  choke) cable needs to be cleaned. You can  
>> still find a cable lube kit  at some bike shops, the heart of the  
>> system is a blue anodized fixture  with a twist knob to clamp  
>> around a cable end. A hole in the rubber  accepts the spray nozzle  
>> of a lubricant can like WD-40 and is great  for cleaning and lubing  
>> cables. You will have to disassemble the left  handlebar switch,  
>> but it's not a big deal.
>> Good luck...
>> Randy Grein, WMRRA #41
>> On Jul 5, 2009, at 5:36 PM, John Treadwell wrote:
>>> Well, I got the gas in it, and the carbs cleaned, and it runs a  
>>> bit better. It will rev past 5/6k now, but sometimes it gets a  
>>> little hesitation as it's approaching it. I suppose the gas needs  
>>> to run through it a bit, but I've got an oil leak from the right  
>>> side of  the bike, around the larger engine cover over there....  
>>> Possibly at  one of the plugs on the bottom as well. I'd like to  
>>> fix those, as  theres quite a bit of oil leaking. I'm going to do  
>>> a quick wheel  alignment, and chain tension, as my brakes on the  
>>> back seem to  engage too early, And I'm getting a loud clicking  
>>> from the back as I  take off. Also, the bike doesent seem to want  
>>> to have enough torque  to take off from the lower rev range, I've  
>>> gotta feather the clutch,  and rev it up too long I think, But I'm  
>>> thinking that could just be  really loose chain tension.
>>> The front tire looks cupped from what I can tell. I need to check   
>>> air pressures. I torched and hammered out the kickstand itself a   
>>> little bit, and now I'm thinking about bending the mounting piece  
>>> a  bit, or continuing to whack on the kick stand itself.... the  
>>> bike  will lean now... but it's still leaning a little too much  
>>> for my  comfort. So I'm gonna go throw that bracket in my vice,  
>>> and see if I  can bend it out a little.
>>> Also... the bike will idle however I want it to now... The choke   
>>> works now.. it didn't when I got it. The choke is a little...  
>>> hard  to pull though. I am going to check plugs and compression  
>>> here in a  few minutes as well. I'll report back with those  
>>> findings as well.
>>> Thanks,
>>> --John
>> <snip>

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