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    FNG trying to acclimate.....

    Hello all. Just bought a 2008 RSV1000R as somewhat of an impulse buy on vacation......a deal I couldn't pass up. Only rode it for a couple of days on vacation, now looking to get the single key situation sorted out with AF1 Racing help (thanks guys) and get it shipped back home. This thing is freakin' AWESOME.

    Been pouring over the forum/site, and was wondering if anyone could chime in and give me the crash course. Bought all the manuals, paid Staples $220 to make nice service binders, and I just have to figure out a shiped - likely HaulBikes, but looking for suggestions. When I get it here, I will go through it; needs tires, likely a chain/sprockets, all fluids changed....will likely check the valves (9,200 mi), etc.

    I'm a former AMA 600 Supersport Intermediate, rode with Metzeler and put M7RR on both my Buell XB9Rs. I've been told Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIIs. See a lot of back-and-forth with tire sizes and OZ wheels (mine are cast), and was looking for some advice. Sprockets/chain I was an EK guy, but things have changed in 20 years.

    Appreciate any help you can provide, really love this bike.

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    Well, you seem to have a handle on it!! First, read the stickys above, they'll help ya heaps. The guys here are great, and very helpful. I can be a little short and blunt, I don't mean anything by it, just who I am. I'll always try to help though.

    Ok, from my experiences, tyres are a personal thing. Lots rave about the M7RR. I like my Bridgestons S20's, they've been replaced by the S21 now.

    Make sure you grease the dog bone, and, yes, the engine end especially!! You will need to drop the rear cylinder header on the slip joint to get it.

    AF1 are bloody helpful!! And great guys to boot!!

    Enjoy,
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    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Carbon fibre dual velocity stacks, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm, EVO1 adjustable/foldable levers. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante.
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    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    This might help with transporting: http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...-opportunities

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulDaddy View Post
    Saw that whilst scouring the site. Going from PHX to ALB....don't think its that common, but I can post it.

    Thank you both for your replies. I can start in earnest when i get it back here. Another question; as stated before, mine has Ohlins front/rear but is not a Factory. How important is the steering damper? On my Buell XB9Rs - well, the one I'm keeping anyway, has a GPR radial damper because I slid it around a corner one day and got the most unnerving and violent headshake. I muscled/powered through instinctively - thank god - but 21 degree head angle and VERY short trail of 83mm similar to a TZ250, has put me on my ass quick. And at 47, I don't bounce anymore....I shatter like a china doll where its not reinforced. Curious how many have installed one on a non-Factory RSV Gen II.

    I see the 520 conversion is popular? How many folks stay with 525? Appreciate your assistance. - Sean

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    I wouldn't remove my damper. I use it on it's lowest setting, but I sure wouldn't take it off. It should mount in the same place as a factory would have it. Mounts are probably there for it. Is your frame painted or polished?

    Same claim the 520 frees up more power. The dyno results I've seen don't support this. I'll stay with the 525.
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Carbon fibre dual velocity stacks, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm, EVO1 adjustable/foldable levers. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante.
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    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    I've owned 2 RSVs- one w/ and one w/o a dampner, and I really didn't feel much difference since it corners very solidly during street riding, but tracking it may require one. I bought my current w/ a 520 chain and aluminum rear sprocket, and the sprocket wore quickly- switched to 525 chain/steel rear sprocket. You might consider adding teeth for more acceleration. There's lots more maintenance info on the stickies from other members.

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    Thumbs up Questions?

    Skipbarberman;

    Go to the top of the page my sticky is the bottom one.......

    you'll notice #6 is missing a moderator deleted my post and put his shit in there

    Basically it was how to stop electrical problems......
    Remove all the plastic and fill the back of every electrical connector with RTV silicone
    Then coat the pins with dielectric grease
    Don't forget to grease battery terminals, solenoid and starter connections

    I live 3 blocks from the Pacific Ocean.......corrosion is a problem
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    Damn good tips there!!
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Carbon fibre dual velocity stacks, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm, EVO1 adjustable/foldable levers. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante.
    Previous:
    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    Quote Originally Posted by theknurl View Post
    ...fill the back of every electrical connector with RTV silicone
    Then coat the pins with dielectric grease
    Don't have the salt to worry about here but if you are going to use these measures be sure to use one of the non corrosive RTV's.
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    There are corrosive RTVs? Learn something new every day. How do you know if they are corrosive?
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Carbon fibre dual velocity stacks, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm, EVO1 adjustable/foldable levers. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante.
    Previous:
    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiRSV1000 View Post
    How do you know if they are corrosive?
    Mainly if they don't say they are not. Look for electronics safe or non corrosive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipbarberman View Post
    and I just have to figure out a shiped - likely HaulBikes, but looking for suggestions.
    Welcome Skipbarberman. I am also waiting on a 2009 RSV Factory. Holidays have delayed the shipment but she is in transit somewhere between FL and NW AR. I used Motorcycle Keyboard Shipping. Great to work with. Fully insured at no additional cost up to $20K. I shipped at least 4 bikes with them over the last few years and I never had an issue. I also used Federal Transport, but I did not think they provided the same care for the bike (but no issues there as well). I attempted once with Uship but had to cancel when they late disclosed it was going to be transported in an open trailer (and actually lost some money). I guess you get what you pay for.

    Keyboard MS mostly ships between THE central and easter time zone, but you can ask for a quote and compare it to your other options. Make sure the price also include insurance and is not calculated extra. (I also did not like the idea of having a deductible).

    Here is their link if interested: http://www.keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com
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    Welcome SBM. Everybody in this forum is great. The guys that responded to your thread are the most knowledgeable when it comes to the rsvr. If you love twins, this is a great bike to have. I've owned many twins and this is by far one of the best. My sv comes a very close second. i purchased a bike in Georgia and I used uship to transport my bike where they bid for the job. I would use a steering dampener just for a better piece of mind. To have something that can potentially save you and your bike as opposed to spending a couple of thousand, in case something does happen because of steering instabilities. The repercussions at age 47, which is the same age as me are not worth it. We are fragile individuals. I have a sachs steering dampener i was going to sell from my rsvr. If you want it, i'll give it to you at no charge. Just pay for shipping. Welcome and enjoy your new ride.

    Guys, Have a great and safe Happy New Year
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    Me, knowledgeable!! Thank you...I prefer to think I have enough knowledge to be dangerous, but no real use!! Guys like KZ, Noel, Amauri, they are the knowledgeable ones. I have learnt a lot from them, and, as such, I know enough about a few things to be able to help, a little!!
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Carbon fibre dual velocity stacks, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm, EVO1 adjustable/foldable levers. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante.
    Previous:
    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiRSV1000 View Post

    Same claim the 520 frees up more power. The dyno results I've seen don't support this. I'll stay with the 525.
    Shane
    I didnt see a response to this. You are not freeing up HP. you wont really see it in numbers on a dyno. What you will see which exactly exists is less rotational weight. This means less weight to get spinning which means more acceleration. Math has been done to tell you the equivalent in HP when loosing weight from a bike but honestly for street riding or even track days what does it really mater?

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