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I have a 2003 SV1000s, 4,000) miles on her. I've owned a Honda CBR600rr before it, and the Honda 600F4i, and let me tell you this SV is by far the fastest bike I have ever owned. Cat walking this thing you don't even have to try. I race the 600's all the time and there's no way they can keep up, on the highway or the city. Now the 1000s on the other hand, I can hang with until third gear, then they pass me.

Jason
Cedar Springs, MI
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The SV650 is a great bike, fun and agile, running cost are good. The 650S gives you more protection on long hauls and you don't end up feeling like a wind sock.
The SV1000 and 1000S are more of a handful if your stepping up, but that thump from the motor and note from a good aftermarket pipe is just magical.
Whatever model you choose, get a center stand; makes maintaning the bike so much easier.

Paul
New South Wales, Australia
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I've had an 05 SV1000S for three years. Few can keep up with me in the twisties or on back roads no matter what they are riding! I've raced back roads with all of today's fastest bikes and none beat the SV. I usually leave most in my dust! Don't get me wrong, my friends ZX14 flies past me in the straights!

Many talked about riding position. Get a set of Heli Bars for $250 and the tired wrist issue is gone.

Don't let Dave's comments fool you! The 1000 is perfectly balanced for real-world sport riding. It is about as good as it gets for a streetable supersport. The power is linear and usable. Great power range from 3500 to 9500. ALL of the I-4's 6's & 10's are way too high strung. Ever try going around a twisty road at 10 - 14k RPM's.

The tranny nicely spaced, unlike the other tightly spaced supersports. Perfectly matched for the gutsy V-Twin. The handling is sure and stable. Put new oil in the front forks and they are amazingly better. Heavy? Very relative term. Means a lot on a track. Not so much on the street.

Remember that the 600 and 1000cc supersports were designed from ground up for the track...not the street.

The SV1000S and SV650S were designed for the street and excel there. You can't go wrong with either.

Mark
Carnation, WA
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Do not support your weight with your wrists. If you support your weight with your wrists you will complain about wrist pain as your wrists were just not intended to support your body weight in that way. Support your weight with your torso and legs such that your hands are light on the bars. Strengthen your core if it isn't strong enough. The rider in the pictures looks really tiny though, so any bike with a relatively sporting position is going to give him/her trouble.

C-funk
Denver, CO
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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