All I know is from what I read & apparently they are not selling worth a darn, they are no longer being made & one chap moaned about the saddle compared to other sportbikes as it seems to be lacking something up by the petrol tank.
He was on a waiting list to have a custom one built, for something like 6 hrs & he was in dire pain. Seems both major custom saddle making people do not carry some ready made ones in stock -----that might be telling us something.
I know two people with the newer 650 (one is an S) and they are both happy with them. My one friend put on an optional suzuki seat that is a little wider,but my brother left his alone. I have heard that for the price differance that the sv1000 isn't worth the extra over the 650 as the are almost the same other wise. mabey the honda would be a better choise if you wanted a 1000cc's (i know it would by mine) Hope this helps.
The 03 SV1000's are awesome bikes. There is night and day difference between the engines on a 650 and 1000 SV. The Honda RC51 has nothing on the SV1000, the SV is lighter, just as fast, and looks a heck of a lot better than the Honda.