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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-27-2000, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tristan-

Elyria is about 30 minutes west of Cleveland.

I rode RT. 83 into Marietta last week and it got pretty cool once we were in the more rural areas.

You said SV, no contest. Based on what? I'm just curious as to see why you put it that way. I've never had a V-twin of any sort so I am really curious to see what that's all about.


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i'd have to say sv. the kawi is neat, but the sv is just so good. the only reason i didn't buy one myself is because i knew i'd end up with two track bikes.


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post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, they're not exactly "sportbikes" per se, but I'm thinking of purchasing one of them in the near future. I've used the search feature on both bikes here, I've read as many articles as I can on both, but I'm still no closer to figuring which would turn out the better buy. I respect all of your opinions, so I'd figure what better group of folks to ask?

For the Kawi: looks tough, comfortable riding position (well, in comparison to my bike at least), proven motor, decent all rounder, possibly better for two up on those rare occasions I can coax my wife onto the back, may handle the highway with less stress?

Against the Kawi: Dated motor, will I grow to despise the 8 valver? It's another inline 4, and out of the three bikes I've owned, that's all I've ever had. Not the best power output for a 750, but does it matter?

For the Suzook: All I've heard is FUN, FUN, FUN! Might be cool to try out a V-twin, good riding ergos, very cool looking. Also spoken of as a true all rounder. Makes around the same power as the ZR.

Against the Suzook: Might it be really stressed on the highway? Is it smallish in stature compared to the Kawi? Passenger accomodations look pretty poor. Despite it's fun factor, will I wake up one day and feel it's too small? I dunno...

The kind of riding I do is fairly well mixed. My commute to work is only 5-6 miles each way all 50 mph flat and straight rural type roads. My usual highway jaunts are 20-30 minutes in length, however it would be nice to know longer trips aren't impossible with either of these machines. I really dislike the way my CBR buzzes hard on the highway. It's like it's really working, even though the motor's only at 6000 rpm, and it can do much more than 80 mph. I guess it just seems too uncomfortable and stressed out on the highways. Almost no twisties around, but I'd like to be able to handle them should I ever find some. On weekends, I ride pretty much wherever I want to go which means both highways and urban traffic. I'm 5' 10", and 180-190 lbs.

Obviously, both of these bikes will depreciate very quickly, as most Japanese bikes tend to, so I'll be needing to hang on to it for a decent amount of time. I like these two because both seem to offer a lot for the bucks, which is the absolute most I can eek out right now and probably for a LONG time. And I won't finance a bike that I can only ride 5 mos. out of the year.

Right now, I'm really starting to dig the looks of the ZR7, and I didn't think too much about it at first. However, I'm afraid to commit to it for fear of a queasy feeling every time I see an SV go by. Like "I knew I shoulda tried the V-twin" Or conversly, I might be roosting around on the SV thinking "man, this isn't as comfortable as I thought it was going to be, I shoulda got the bigger Kaw"

I won't be revalving forks or adding suspension bits, and the motors will stay stock except perhaps for a pipe and possibly rejetting. So I'm torn- and test rides around here just don't happen.

So, as is, bone stock- which would you throw a leg over and why? This 5 large is a LOT of money to me, so I'd appreciate your honest input. Yeah I know- "save up and buy an GSXYRZ1500" or whatever, but these two appeal to me more and more than the latest plastic does, and plus, I can't afford the others anyway.

So thanks for the insight!


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post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 06:07 AM
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One thing you forgot, and I'd rather have you read about it than me tell you what measly info I know on it. Go to and read the article on the New Honda CB600 Hornet. Seems like what you're looking for, and it looks kinda cool too. Check it out, might be the one if you want long-lasting reliability. Keep us posted on what you decide.

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post #5 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 06:10 AM
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Despite the fact that a Suzuki tried to kill me, I'd have to go with the SV650. I love twins, and I love handling!


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post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Brutha-

I dig that Hornet too, I've seen it a bunch of times in the Brit mag BIKE, as it's been around for a couple of years elsewhere. However, that is a Europe- only model. I got kind of excited when I saw the article at MO, but realized it was a British staffer doing the test. No plans for a US bound Hornet unfortunately...


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post #7 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 07:40 AM
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SV, no contest. Where is Elyria? SE OH has some killer roads, worth the trip from anywhere in OH.

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post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 09:05 AM
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Go for the SV. I'm saving up for one myself. Don't go for that same old inline 4, twins are in. I don't know anyone who has ridden the ZR-7, but I've read some ho-hum articles about it. The SV on the other hand, I've talked to two guys who ride theirs almost daily and they had nothing but GREAT things to say about the SV.

Both of these bikes have been out for a year or so now, so look in the classifieds and find some used ones to test ride. You might just find a bargain used one.

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sv... plus i heard that the engine block has lots of xtra metal in it for a big bore kit.. i could be wrong but i believe there is a 750 or 850 kit out there for it somewhere.. anyone remember/know about this?

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post #10 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-28-2000, 10:36 AM
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I started a topic about the SV in the Suzuki section. I don't remember which identity I was using at the time(JConRC, RCjohn or Cheetos).

I'll shorten this somewhat. I rode my wife's bike through Deal's Gap Saturday(FYI 318 turns in 11 miles). By the time I got halfway through I was actually LAUGHING OUT LOUD in my helmet. I felt like a goofball when I realized it as I was taking my helmet off at the end. The people were then laughing at me, especially the few that new I had a $10000 RC 51 back at the campsite.

There is no bike that has that much blast for the buck out there. Some dual sports come close but most are more expensive. This is no slam on the Kawi either. There was one there Sat. but it just didn't have the soul of the SV.

I don't think that the SV value will drop as much as people think. They are very popular on the street and track.

BUY THE SV. The engine sounds great and I haven't seen any better passenger accomodation on any sportbike or semi-sportbike.

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