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Where you located since you said youre going to be running midwest?
If the shock spring is to light chances are the fork springs are too. Ohlins is a fine shock for what your doing . If that bikes been sitting for 4 years i would recommend having the shock serviced as you don't know the last time it was done and it probably, at least, has lost its charge. While your at it drop the forks off too, they will need refreshing as well. Clean out the carbs and fuel tank, refresh all the fluids, service the wheel bearings, steering head bearings and suspension pivot points, new tires and chain, throw in a new battery and go racing.
Ask your SV questions at TWF forum. Zoran knows SV stuff inside and out.I ran a total loss system on my SV. I plugged my battery into a trickle charger after every session. I was running a Shoria. It worked great! Just kept the pig tail for the charger easily accessible. One thing you can do for the Ohlins shock is to get a longer body for it. TSE put the longer body on mine. That way I could get to the desired 13.75"-14" length.The SV is an awesome bike and great class to run in. You can also check out SVRider for more info about the SV and any parts you might need.
As far as racing an older gen monster it can be done… Anything can be raced. I could be wrong but I would say an SV is a much better platform chassis wise. I have never personally raced an SV though. You are spot on about the Monster rear weight bias. I own a S4rs with full Ohlins set up by a race tuner for me and had an S2r 1000. I have spent countless hours and tons of money trying to get my monsters to handle like my superbikes (748, 848).The problem is if you raise the rear and lower the front enough to get more weight on the nose then you loose all the trail and the bike is unstable and nervous. I was planing to put my RS on a Scheibner chassis machine and try to figure out if adjustable triple clamps or something like that would get the geometry more inline with a true race bike. I got busy last year and never did it since its just my street bike.
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