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Old 03-03-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Best Year of SV650?

So I have been viewing a lot (frick since Oct 2008? that's when I got my M2), obviously not posting, looking for more or less a first bike, and have been set on the SV650.

The thing is, I think I have read so much on here and all the gizmo's Suzuki has added over the years which make a bike 'better', but often to the riders it has made it worse.

Looking at the car world, drive-by-wire is 'better', except if you own a Toyota...

Was searching for a thread comparing each year, and had a hard time, so wanted user input.

Regardless of what you have, what is your favorite year(s)?
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:03 PM   #2
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Re: Best Year of SV650?

02 than 99-01
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:21 PM   #3
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Re: Best Year of SV650?

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So I have been viewing a lot (frick since Oct 2008? that's when I got my M2), obviously not posting, looking for more or less a first bike, and have been set on the SV650.

The thing is, I think I have read so much on here and all the gizmo's Suzuki has added over the years which make a bike 'better', but often to the riders it has made it worse.

Looking at the car world, drive-by-wire is 'better', except if you own a Toyota...

Was searching for a thread comparing each year, and had a hard time, so wanted user input.

Regardless of what you have, what is your favorite year(s)?
Well, no SV is throttle by wire. The only major differences are the shape of the frame on the 2nd gen, the bodywork, and the addition of fuel injection on the 2nd gen SV..
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:25 PM   #4
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Well, no SV is throttle by wire. The only major differences are the shape of the frame on the 2nd gen, the bodywork, and the addition of fuel injection on the 2nd gen SV..
The drive-by-wire was just an example, of technology gone bad (mind you good from other stand points).

More concerned about stuff like I think ABS and various other granny adds, including new speed limiters (2005 I think was adding a lot of these kindof components).
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:28 PM   #5
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Re: Best Year of SV650?

I read a post recently (I think posted by Fatass Sv?) where he outlined some minor differences among different years of the SV. Long and short of it was that '99 was possibly the best due to Suzuki not yet cheaping out on certain parts to increase their profitability. I'm inclined to agree that the '99 is the way to go.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
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The drive-by-wire was just an example, of technology gone bad (mind you good from other stand points).

More concerned about stuff like I think ABS and various other granny adds, including new speed limiters (2005 I think was adding a lot of these kindof components).
I don't think any SV650 had a speed limiter. The bikes are limited by drag, not electronics.

Only 2007 and on had the option of ABS and not to many of those bikes were made or sold. It is easy to tell if a bike has ABS just by looking at the brake discs on the front wheel.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:32 PM   #7
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Do people not want ABS to be safe? Id get one if i had the money. But then I dont and bough an 03 with 25k miles on it.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:34 PM   #8
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The best year of SV is always next year's model. I say this because maybe Suzuki will listen to their consumers when they request better components like suspension.

Someone will say "but the SV is a budget bike." That is not the point, I'd happily pay a little higher MSRP to save money later from upgrading the suspension myself. Suspension is the #1 mod for this bike.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:35 PM   #9
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Re: Best Year of SV650?

Personally, I think 2005 is the sweet spot.

2004 introduced fuel-injection and the more angular frame (which I prefer). 2005 introduced the black frame and a narrower seat, I believe. Insurance-wise, 2005 was really cheap.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:36 PM   #10
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Re: Best Year of SV650?

if you like the curvy get curvy, if you like pointy get pointy, if you like fuel injection get fuel injection. its almost all going to be personal preference.

i like the 2ng gens with the black frames.
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