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BrowningBAR 12-16-2005 04:37 AM

Re: SV and Seca info Update
Alright, how about I change "of" to "off" and thow an "and" in there after "SS number".

Stupid fingers can't type worth a damn this morning...

ccd3 12-16-2005 04:38 AM

Seca II
The Seca II is a bullet-proof commuter-bike suitable for a 1st timer or re-entry rider. Power is what you make of it... You'll get about 60 HP on a 400lb frame. you won't out-run an SV, or any other modern sport-y bike, but you'll spank most cruisers. If memory serves it will cover the 1/4 in the high 12's/ low 13's. Yamaha put 28mm carbs on the bike for better torque- thus sacrificing high-end breathing.

I rode a Seca II for years and have no regrets. Valve adjustments are every 15,000 miles, it's a sewing-machine simple 2-valve, air cooled engine with low compression- but still gives a 4-cylinder growl when exploring the tachometer.

Of course the SV is a better bike. Its design is about 20 years fresher than the 80's derived design of the Seca. $2500 sounds very suspicious for a SV. It's either a rip-off, stolen, or wadded. Perhaps all three.

If you want a cheap way to ride w/o a lot of investment, go with the SECA II. I serioulsy doubt you will ever have to put a wrench to it and I think it's one of the best starter-bikes ever made.

rollins111 12-16-2005 05:20 AM

Re: SV and Seca info?
Let me second the previous opinion on the Seca. I currently ride a 1993 Seca II that I bought in 2001. I have had absolutely no problems with the bike during this time. Just routine maintenance, 15k valve adjustments, etc. It has a very low seat height so if you're pretty tall it may not be the most comfortable bike for you. I'm 6'1" and it's ok for me for about 2 hours. I am a pansy, however...

While it's not a screamer like a modern sportbike it'll run the quarter in about 13 flat and is a blast to beat on since it was so cheap. You can find decent examples on ebay all the time for less than $1000. The motors are known to be bulletproof. Mine's seen the redline many times and still purrs with 22k on it.

BrowningBAR 12-16-2005 05:27 AM

Re: SV and Seca info?
Thanks! I'm about 6'1", also, so I appreciate the info.

nator 12-16-2005 05:33 AM

Seca info?
My second bike (and first new bike) was a 95 Seca 600. (Before it was a 70's Honda CB400 that barely ran) Had a blast on it. Took many long road trips up and down the east coast, deals gap, etc. and never had any problems.

Lot of people will say it's old tech and low on power, but unless you already ride/own the latest and greatest, you'll never feel like the Seca is wanting.

I used the Seca as a stepping stone, until I got more experienced and comfortable moving up to more hyper performance oriented machines.

But you know what? None of my current bikes give me the thrill and excitement I had on the Seca as I learned what riding was all about.

If you look around there may still be some performance stuff (suspension etc.) for the it, there was a spec race series for the Seca for a short time in the 90's.

Unfortunatly, bikes are a lot like drugs. Once you move onto harder stuff, you can't get the thrill you used to with the cheaper stuff. I wish I could enjoy a $1400 bike! Buy it and enjoy.

Buzglyd 12-16-2005 05:43 AM

Re: Festivus for the Rest of Us!
Are you bringing the aluminum pole?

pikehk 12-16-2005 05:54 AM

Re: SV and Seca info?
I got my SV an 03 with 3000 miles for 2500 but it had a dented tank, and very minor crash damage. I put 300 dollars into it so now it is perfect and I spent 2800 dollars. If you look hard enough and you find a poor newb who has scared himself you can get a great deal.

BrowningBAR 12-16-2005 06:07 AM

Re: Festivus for the Rest of Us!
It requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting.

smathai 12-16-2005 09:12 AM

Re: SV and Seca info?
My first bike was a 92 Seca II. It had already been down before, but it ran great. It taught me a ton about riding, including my first crash. I would 100% recommend the seca to any beginner (seeing that the SV is a scam). The learning curve is much steeper (usually) on a more powerful bike anyway. I ended up buying an SV650 7 months later because I was riding the Seca so hard one of the engine mount bolts sheared, and I never took it off red-line on the tach. I have very fond memories of it.

gsteinke 12-16-2005 09:46 AM

Re: SV and Seca info?
My 2nd bike was a 92 Seca II. I had it til 97 when I got a Bandit 1200. The Seca was lots of fun, and also reasonable on trips - from San Jose I went to the Grand Canyon, Santa Barbara, Reno. I got a Corbin seat with more padding to help with legroom.

Definitely not super powerful, but light. And the lack of power is sort of fun because you can really ride the heck out of it, something that I can't really do with the Bandit and even less so with a 600cc sportbike.

The Seca build quality was very good, better than the Bandit. But after 9 years it's more related to how the bike was kept than anything else.

The miles are pretty low on this bike that you see, so you should probably check for things like old-fuel-clogged carbs, aged tires (possibly still has the originals, but that's too old), old brake fluid, etc. No coolant to worry about, that's a plus.

An SV is definitely better tech, but also will cost more, and I found them to be a little more cramped than the Seca. I'm 6'2" for reference.

Well whatever you get, it's all about the ride!

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