Having endured the pain of screwing myself up on my 1993 NSR125R for a year, I got round to taking my test and couldn't wait to jump on a bigger bike. From the start I noticed how much power there was at all revs. OK, so I came up from a 125 and the SV's still restricted, but there's no waiting to get to the power - even in top gear it'll pull with ridiculously small numbers on the clock. I loved the styling, particularly with the newer black frame, and the post '03 shape really keeps this bike up to date. I was slightly worried about seeing my pride and joy become no more than a grey furry lump after winter, but regular cleaning (a bit of a hose down most weekends) has seen it shrug off the winter salt. I've recently started riding with pillions, and apart from needing the shock wound up, the SV has proved more than capable of dealing with two people at once. I love that the bike was gentle enough for me when I first got it, but as my riding improves so, it seems, does the bike. Strengths: Its one of the most versatile bikes I've seen - learners like me can wobble on it, racers can have real fun in the Minitwins series on it. Its so easy to ride, and so much fun! Weaknesses: The brakes aren't exactly overwhelming, suspension's a tad soft for my 11 stone and at 6'1" I can get a fair bit of wind over the screen.