I've ridden and owned all sorts of bikes in the last 15yrs, vfr's, fireblades, gpz500, 1200Bandit, Ducati 900ss, and now this Sv which I bought brand new in sept 2011 for a bargain £4454 on the road is just fantastic. weighs in at 183kg Kerb weight(stated on the v5 logbook), don't let the low bhp figure fool you, this has the flattest torque curve so at any revs it just goes! Power doesn't build up like inline 4's but is constantly pulling. Great for drive out of corners! Brakes are easily capable of quick stops an offer great feel. Handling is brilliant and very stable. No hint of wobble or shake mid corner or on straight if u let go of the bars. Very well setup from factory, both front and rear compress equally when you sit on the bike.
Headlight is good, indicators at front stick out quite far so watch out if you have to go through a side gate at your house as they may catch!
As speed and revs have increased the mpg had dropped. 65mpg, 54 and my latest of 52mpg but during running in you shouldn't hold constant revs so quite uneconomical riding. I expect for work commutes to average 55-60mpg. Reserve light comes on between 132-140 miles. Still another 6litres of fuel left (I think) so 200miles per tankful.
Mirrors are ok, but I still get about 50% elbows when I look in them! Riding position is good but you slide forward on the seat easily during commuting speeds so it's quite sportsbike riding position. Some people have higher clip on bars fitted. Screen deflects wind very well, there's space for waterproofs under the rear seat, a relay pack can be easily pushed out the way under there to give even more space!
Being injection cold starts are beautiful, no choke to play with, and it rides smoothly. Gearbox is becoming very slick now I'm up near 600miles on the bike. It was quite mechanical but precise when new, but smooth now.
Paint finish has dulled where knees are against tank so I think protective clear patches on the sides and a tank protector are necessities to prevent this.
Overall this is an unbelievably good bike for the money. Suzuki had a £645 off list price(£1 per 1cc) for sept and trading in my 1200 bandit left it costing just £2900. I'm smitten with it! Charactorful v-twin engine, impressive handling even for people like me who had a Fireblade for 5 yrs I still have a big grin after riding the twisties! But equally, it's a very stable bike for newbies to learn on. Thoroughly enjoyable motorcycle that will appeal to almost everybody.