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.
I have an 03 SV1000n. I absolutely love, love, love this bike. Consdering that they cost about as much as an SV650, why NOT go for the liter SV?
I bought mine with 16,000 miles on it and have put about 12,000 on it over the past seven months.
I haven't had a single mechanical issue with it and find it extremely comfortable ergonomically. I routinely do 350 mile sporty rides in the mountains and feel great at the end of the day. It's got the perfect amount of a power for a street bike, imo.
The only downsides: It's not the flashiest looking bike out there. Very subdued and conservative looking, which you may or may not like. Also, the suspension seems to wallow a bit (under-damped? not sure) when cornering at high speeds but this isn't really much of an issue on public streets... for me anyway. It's a very simple bike. No ABS, no traction control, no heated grips or other features.
But they got a lot of things right: smooth fueling, great transmission, nice light clutch, very nice torque curve, great riding position. I use it for one-up sport touring with soft panniers and it's fantastic. It's also great in urban traffic (narrow and light) and doesn't overheat on hot summer days in the city.