I had a '97 Speed Triple and loved that bike. It just got a little heavy. The new Speed Triple and Street Triple are both smokin' bikes. Much better in most respects that the SV's. I'm AM very biased towards Triumphs, I think they're great bikes. BUT, I needed a sport touring bike with an emphasis on sport and the SV is a perfect bike for that. Also comparing apples to apples you pay more for the Triumphs than the Suzukis. Still would love to have one.
My friend has a brand new one and I got a chance to ride it. I'm comparing it to an 06 SV-s. In some ways it's better, some ways I prefer the SVs. You can definitely feel the power difference right off the bat coming off the SV. I wouldn't say the handling is better than an SVs, It felt a bit awkward because I'm used to leaning forward a bit more and the SVs feels more natural in the turns (I've never ridden an SV standard, to comapre). It's a nice bike and it's comfortable. Plenty of power. It's a hell of a lot windier on the street tripple because of the tiny shield up front and your body is more upright. Like anything else it has advantages and disadvantages. I love my SV though. hehe