2003 Suzuki SV1000S
Most fun per dollar guaranteed
Lost power to one cylinder when a spark plug cap shook itself loose. Fixed the connection, and it was fine.
As long as you go into ownership of this bike knowing that it's a v-twin and not an inline four, you'll be happy. Serious, off the line grunt is the order of the day. Yes, a GSX-1000R is much faster, but it'll cost you a whole lot more, too.
The suspension and brakes are not top of the line, but they're still very good, and the suspension is adjustable. It's also easily upgradeable, and for less than you might think.
The bike is absolutely ripe with tuning and modding possibilities, and it's incredibly fun to ride. Most riders will NOT be able to ride this bike beyond its limits, especially once it's dialled in.
Your best bet if considering this bike is to head over to www.sv-portal.com, or just search "sv1000 portal" on Google. An absolute plethora of information is available to you there, as well as a couple of thousand owners whose brains you can pick with questions.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2006