As per vibrations in the hand grips:
I truly believe it gets better as you become more relaxed and don't grip the bars so tight. The single-cylinder Savage is definately going to vibrate more, but a throttle rocker ($11) and a pair of gel gloves will help a lot. And so will willing yourself to not grip the bars so hard. It doesn't help, you know, it only makes the steering more stiff and difficult because you're fighting your whole upper body when you clench the grips like that.
I did it too, it took a good while of riding to stop doing it. Even now if I'm worried I grip. Like tonight, it was pea-soup fog and my back and arms are tight from a 20-minute ride because I was on high alert the whole time and didn't relax at all. Yes yes yes, be aware always but you gotta not tense up like that.
I'm pretty sure the SV650 should not be causing pain in the hands. About all that's left (and these are easy to check) is, are there rubber dampers holding the handlebar clamps, that need to be replaced? Or, are the wheels balanced properly? unbalanced wheels will vibrate through your hands like that. Easy to check, cheap and easy to fix.
Thank you MZ! Let's see...does Ohio get me out of going through Kansas again?
Kansas is nothing to freak out about. It's really beautiful in the East part, off the freeway.
In sprintime it was, anyway, when I crossed it. I was mostly on the freeway and yes it was tiring, but I had some music in the helmet and there *is* stuff to look at, but by the time you reach it, you've been looking at it for 30 minutes!
I just took a few breaks, drank water and ate lunch throught the helmet, and moved around on the saddle a lot, as usual. My big Concours is a veritable sailboat of a bike. But the wind was no trouble. Really, the flat dull part of Kansas is only what, 6-7 hours? Not even a whole day.