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Old 10-19-2019, 05:39 PM   #1
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First Gen SV Vs. Latest (2019/2020) Gen

I'm just wondering if there are any riders out there who have had the opportunity to ride or have owned a first generation SV as well as a newer current SV.

Obviously we can do a direct comparison on specs but I'm curious if anyone has any any first hand experience of each bike.

Would love to hear some opinions on this.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:18 AM   #2
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Re: First Gen SV Vs. Latest (2019/2020) Gen

I went straight from a K6 'S' model with half-fairing to a 2017 Gen 3 with ABS.

The Gen 3 is a better bike in every single area apart from two:

1) The ABS brakes don't have the same feel. They still stop you just fine, but they don't feel as sharp as on the K6

2) Aerodynamics: the Gen 2 fairing is actually quite effective so highway riding is more tiring on the Gen 3.

Despite the poorer aerodynamics, the Gen 3 gives 25% better gas mileage in the same type of riding and has punchier performance, and better handling on the stock suspension.
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