Beautiful, bold and ready to bite!!!
I purchased my 2007 SV1000S in the spring of 2010. My intention was to buy a new bike, but the salesman suggested I take a look at the used SV1000S. It was instantly apparent that the previous owner had taken phenomenal care of the bike and added several very costly upgrades as well (nearly $2000 on the exhaust alone). I had the salesman give me the keys so I could hear it run. That was the ultimate selling point, as the bike sounds incredible! Yoshi pipes are amazing!!!
After riding the bike a week or so, I noticed that the stock handle bars were starting to kill my wrist when riding any significant distances. I order a pair of Heli-bars, which solved that issue and amplified my love for the bike. My only complaint left is the seat, as it is very narrow up close and wider when you sit further back. It can get uncomfortable after 100 miles or so. I plan on looking into another seat to alleviate the issue within the next month or so.
As for acceleration, I have zero complaints! No problems passing, entering the highway or any other time where pick up is needed. The bike will get you there quick if needed.
Braking, I was surprised because of how light the bike is, but the bike will stop on a dime! One time I almost felt like I was going to keep going as the bike abruptly came to a halt. The braking feels very even front to rear.
Handling is a thrill as the bike will weave like a snake if you need it too.
Overall, I cannot think of anything negative regarding this bike. I cannot see me letting go of it either. The appearance is stunning, the performance smooth and durability exemplary thus far. Planning on some nice long distance rides this year and super excited about it too. For what I was looking for, the Suzuki SV1000S surpassed my expectations!!!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2011