I've owned many bikes but have never owned a V-Twin. I've recently run in my 07 SV650S and it has been a hoot. It's light, handles like a bike should and is easy to ride. I had a foreign license (and 20 years riding experience) so had to do my CBT, theory and practical test, and I used a Suzuki GS500 (which was a cinch to ride), but the SV blows it into the weeds. I tested everything before I bought my SV, and whilst all had their good points, none came close to the bangs for bucks deal the SV offers. If you want a totally reliable, easy to handle and good looking bike, buy one of these. Never mind what the reviewers say, I ride in the real world and don't get much chance to explore the top speed of ANY bike, and in the real world this bike is the real deal. Go on, wind up Ducati owners by having something more reliable, annoy CBR600 owners by having something more "exclusive", show FZ6 owners that your bike will pull out of corners in any gear and above all, wind up an SV650 and revel in the sound of a V-twin. It's addictive. Plus points - everyone loves the looks, it's easy to ride, reliable and sounds great. Minus points - ride for more than an hour and the seat begins to numb your bum. I can't reccommend this bike enough.