Originally Posted by dmac57
Agreed that the first-gen SVs were better bikes. The amazing/sad thing to me is that Suzuki seemed to let that bike and class wither and die, even before the economic decline. The lightweight twin racing class was jam-packed, ultra-competitive, and cheap, plus riders were buying the bikes for the street. Then the second gen bikes had reliability issues, were taller, heavier, and (IMO) uglier. The, development just stopped. This (the SFV) bike appears unchanged from its introduction. Meh.
The 2nd gen 650 was better in every way over the 1st gen, save for looks, which are subjective. It weights the same as the firs gen bikest but they have a much stronger frame, which works perfectly fine with conventional forks, the only problem is that it chatters with USD forks, which it was never meant to have and only happens in racing. The engine is basically the same, with a few updates, including the oil cooler and a drain for the front cylinder plug, so the bike won't quit when riding in the rain. The EFI is pretty well sorted too...
In fact, the 2nd gen bikes helped increase the 1st gen popularity because the prices of the older bikes dropped. Suddenly it was much cheaper to buy a 1st gen, the extra money spent on a 2nd gen wouldn't get you more performance, but the money saved could be spent on track time and more mods for the 1st gen.