Originally Posted by Sune
I am seriously lusting for a SV1000N, and have been for a long time.
Right now they're going kinda cheap here (not that much more than a SV650), and I'm really tempted, but I know nothing about those bikes and I've never ridden one.
What are the pro's/cons of the naked SV1000?
I just love the thought of riding a big v-twin. I'd love to own something like an aprilia RSV Mille (since i'm very passionate about aprilia), but it's much more expensive than the SV.
Think of it as a "Sucati" monster.
I never found the brakes on my N model to be anything less than great. There are plenty of fixes for the suspension, which is actually more than adequate for anything up to 8/10s. To me the seat is the worst part.
The pros are a killer motor with power everywhere in the power band, great sound, smooth engine with just enough vibes to let you know it's there. Maintenance? Change the oil. No ridiculously short valve adjustment sequence as on the Italian bikes
By installing the Buell foot pegs you drop them about an inch (2.5cm) and then add Heli-Bar risers to bring them up and back and you have a touring quality position, except for that F**King seat. There are aftermarket fixes for that too.
I had a SV650 which handled better in the tight stuff and was a lot of fun, but the amazing rush from the 1000cc engine cannot be denied!
I've never met anyone who had one that was unhappy with it. Go for it!