Our subject was a stock 2005 SV650N in excellent condition with a Kelley Blue Book value of $3340, leaving nearly an equal amount to work with. While Suzuki made the Gladius softer and gentler, our first objective was to make our SV firmer. The suspension thread of every SV owners forum is a hundred pages deep with suggestions on ways to fix the bike's budget suspenders. While the rigid aluminum frame is up to sporting tasks, the flaccid damper-rod fork and under-damped shock are bad enough that even novice riders take note. While drop-in springs and cartridge kits (such as Race Tech's Gold Valve Emulators) are one way to deal with the fork's brake dive, every SV rider's Holy Grail is a GSX-R front end. Not only is the Gixxer fork inverted and fully adjustable, it comes with some seriously powerful braking components, killing the proverbial two birds with one gold-anodized stone. Purchasing the bits piece by piece from a dealership would have obliterated our budget, so we scoured Craigslist where we found a mostly complete GSX-R750 front end for a mere $600. Numerous models can serve as donors, and if you get the right parts it's a direct swap. While the transplant may seem daunting, it's a straightforward procedure that has been documented extensively on www.svrider.com. Do your research before committing to the project.