Not a newb to bikes or even SV's, roommate had one years ago that I road more than he did. Purchased a 03 SV1000 today, first I've owned, already love it. Has Jardine slip ons and a tight suspension but other than that she's stock, needs a paint job and some mirror spacers, I'm a wide guy. Glad to be back in the saddle again, have ridden since I was a kid, my first street bike was an enduro when I was 18, haven't stopped riding since, had a Gixxer 600, FZR1000, and even a Shadow 1100. Haven't ridden in about six years, well not on pavement, feels good to be back in it. Plans for the bike are the TRE mod, maybe a K&N, a 16 tooth front sprocket, and that's about it!! See ya on road!!