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Old 10-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Opinion Please: SV650 or FZ6?

As the title says, I'm researching the SV650 Naked Gen I and the FZ6. Which one would you choose? Any comments or thoughts?

- 6'1" 180lbs rider
- Riding say 3000 miles/year mostly in and around the SF Bay Area
- 50% freeway (to get to the) 50% twisties
- Throw in a 400 mile trip to the Sierra Nevadas, say once a year
- No touring, commuting, adventure riding, racing or stunting
- Mellow non-aggressive riding style
- Looking for a simple low maintenance play bike, buying used

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Old 10-08-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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I have an FZ6, which I love for touring. For sporty riding, needs stiffer forks and you absolutely have to keep the RPMs up.

Sorta the antithesis of 'mellow' to keep a good pace in the twisties. Your description sounds like the powerband of a twin, though you may consider the 650R/ER-6N as well, if you prefer EFI to carbs.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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I don't own either, which might invalidate my opinion, but the sv attains peak torque around 7200, vs 10000 for the FZ. I'd go with the sv.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:32 PM   #4
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #5
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I had a first gen SV naked and I really liked it. I put some 1" risers on it and a Givi screen and it was a good small tourer. It was peppy enough and flickable and it was way more capable of a performer than I was a rider. In other words, it was a great bike. I eventually sold it to buy a Weestrom. The Strom was more comfortable and ergonomic for me but the sense of "fun" just wasn't there. I think the FZ6 will be my next bike.

The FZ6 has a centerstand, more upright position, standard fairing, EFI and long valve intervals. I think I would be happy with either but the FZ6 (and the Ninja 650r) seem like a perfect compromise. However, that smooth SV twin is really, really easy to ride. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:23 PM   #6
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I'm a twin lover so I would go SV in a heartbeat.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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For your size, the FZ is probably a little better fit. I have an 05, and have loved it. It is a little more high strung that the SV, but the extra wind protection and slightly more upright position is an added bonus.

Mine gets 50mpg and has had zero issues. 28k mile valve service interval is handy too.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:58 PM   #8
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I never liked the FZ6 as I felt it lacked bottom end power and needed too many RPMs to come alive. As a 600SS I guess it works but not as a naked standard. I prefer the SV650 and its flexible engine. The HP numbers look like the FZ6 should trump the SV650 but n real world driving I suspect you'll find the opposite true.
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