Hi all, New to all this. I'm 53 years young, never been on a street bike .Got my motorcycle permit in june, motorcycle safety course in june and bought a 2005 sv650s with 14000 km at the beginning of july and have now put 1000 km in 1 month. I find that this is an absolutly great beginer bike. I did alot of reasearch on this bike and found that it was a great fit. But i must say that i was a little bit let down by the threads on new beginer bikes. One of the instructors at the motorcycle safety course had an sv and stated it is a good starter bike as long as you respect the machine and grow into it. So far the sv has been an easy adaptation and it is very controlable.