Originally posted by Rogue_Biker
You may want to read the latest issue of Sport Rider magazine. They just tested a ZX6E. Personally, I prefer the ZX6E for your intended use. Its got a gas gauge, centerstand, and more protective fairing, all of which count for a lot for daily use and 2-3 day trips.
The SVs provides as good wind protection as any 600 sportbike available. Put a double bubble on, and you're good to go. My SV gets around 130 miles to the tank, and it does have an idiot blinky light if I get close.
Plus, it will go faster than the SV650, S or standard. SV=64 hp. ZX6E=85 hp. The ZX6E don't weigh that much more. Wet weight as tested by SR was 490 lbs. Not sure how much SV weighs but it's a bit less than that.
Stock SVs have a top speed of around
130 mph. True, the ZX6 has a higher top speed, but remember we're comparing an inline 4 to a V twin.
And the SV according to all the magazine tests I've read don't handle all that great when you push it.
I've been riding mine for over a year, on fun rides in the twisties as well as a 60 mile round trip commute to work, and have never had handling problems. The only complaint my husband had was that at 120, it gets headshakes a bit. Easy to solve with a steering dampener, something not uncommonly found on sportbikes.
I'd get the ZX6E and invest $650 for the Progressive Suspension and you're all set. Yeah, you'll spend more. But it is more bike than the SV.
The lack of adjustable suspension on an SV can be fixed for $1,000 or less, if the owner wants to. Had I not wanted to start doing track days, I probably wouldn't have changed mine.
Given the choice of buying an SV or buying "more bike" that still needs progressive suspension, I'd still take the SV and modify it to my tastes.
I'm not trying to be a smartass Rogue, just giving my opinions.