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I’ve fond memories of the second-generation SV having had a silver N version for a year in 2005. That bike immediately impressed as a willing, do-it-all pup of a light twin and this faired ’06 version from Wheels Motorcycles in Peterborough brings those happy memories flooding back.
It’s a fairly standard example with just 6400 miles showing on its fairing-mounted instrument pod and rides well, too, with no glitches or slop. The perky, pull-from-anywhere, free-revving Suzuki V-twin remains one of motorcycling’s greats and is both easy for novices and enjoyable enough for more experienced types, while the handling and manners are light, neutral and instinctive.
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Best of all, though, is how well the SV has aged. In this form it’s nearly 13 years old and is based on a model that goes even further back, to 1999, so there’s no electronics and, being a fairly budget machine, few frills: the clocks are a little basic, the brakes and suspension slightly crude.
Those angular looks, too, are now more than a little dated. But despite all that, the SV is still great to ride – practical and versatile, but also engaging and fun. There are still few better first big bikes – especially for the money.