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A Very Special Custom (Pic Heavy)

So a long time ago I started work on a custom that was near and dear to my heart, being that I owned a 1:1 and desperately needed a 1:18 scale version!

A 1:18 2007 Suzuki SV650S (converted to SV650), sitting atop a 2008 1:1 Suzuki SV650.
A 1:18 2007 Suzuki SV650S (converted to SV650), sitting atop a 2008 1:1 Suzuki SV650.
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However, although Maisto does make a 1:18 SV650S in yellow (shown below), it was the “S” model, whereas mine was a standard SV650 (naked, if you will).

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My 1:1 SV is also lightly modified. This posed several interesting challenges. First and foremost, I would have to find a donor bike for, A) a single headlight, and B) a belly pan cowl fairing. Other parts would have to be custom made.

I found great donors in the form of a 2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special (for the headlight) and a 2010 KTM 690 Duke III (for the lower cowl). Here they are getting prepped for surgery.

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The SV650S had already begun it’s transformation. Here it is stripped down to the level that I required for my build.

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After the flat gun gray paint was applied, I started to reassemble to my liking.

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I detailed some of the smaller parts as I waited for paint to dry, as the Night Rod Special looks on at the new donor headlight that it received from the KTM Duke.

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Final assembly was quite exciting indeed. Seeing this come together was amazing.

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Here’s the rolling chassis before the final details were added, with finished VRSCDX Night Rod standing proudly in the background.

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The finished product after all was said and done was absolutely phenomenal. It’s not 100% perfect but I couldn’t be happier with the turnout.

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In addition to changing the color to flat gunmetal gray, I also painted the chain to match the RK Gold 525 unit on my 1:1. The fender eliminator on my 1:1 was also faithfully recreated using signals (painted silver) and license plate, both from the KTM.

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I used the original mirrors from the SV, and cut down the LCD display to fit as it was still accurate to my bike.

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I added the Harley’s single headlight, now with bikini fairing windshield, which itself was cut down from the SV’s original unit. Silver painted turn signals were again from the KTM.

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The belly pan cowl fairing was taken from the KTM and painted to match. While the shape doesn’t quite fit the SV, it still neatly covers the leading bank header and oil cooler, just as it does on my 1:1.

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It took me ages to find another yellow SV650S as I didn’t want to customize my only example, and it was worth the wait. These are not cheap on eBay and my patience paid off. I landed my second SV at a local TRU outlet.

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Also note the shortened slip-on exhaust. My 1:1 is fitted with a Scorpion unit, and I wanted to match it the best I could. I cut the exhaust can towards the center, then cut the outlet and glued it onto the shortened pipe.

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Also, disregard the silver paint streak under the passenger pillion. It may get corrected at a later date.

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The original LCD display can bee seen here. Also note that my 1:1 doesn’t have the SV-S clip-on style handlebars, but I must admit that it gives the SV a very sporting look.

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I was worried that the headlight would be too small for it’s purpose here, but that fear was thankfully laid to rest after I saw the unit on the SV.

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I did my best to add LED detail to the taillights, but the outcome was mediocre. This will also probably be updated in the future.

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What a cool couple of bikes these are, but I’m likely biased. I’m a Suzuki guy for life, and I’m particularly fond of their twin-cylinder machines. This is my second such bike, following a 2002 GS500 (and a four-cyl ‘02 GSF1200 Bandit).

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Some pics with the 1:1. First two are dual focus shots of the gauges, both large and small.

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Lastly, the Scorpion slip-on exhaust, in both scales.

Thank you fellow LaLDiecasters very much for reading!

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