Dan, Thank You!!
The part about not dragging elbows is very well taken. I'm not interested in racing, but spirited riding - usually all day & sometimes multi-day. My friends ride & tour on I-4 literbikes & when I rode both, I found the torque I love, and the handling I've craved. With no interest in racing, or the hellacious top end of these bikes, it does recommend a twin in a tight chassis. I've obsessed about either the SV or the RC51, knowing neither is currently race competitive, but don't care. The big question would be along the lines of: is the SV (even with tweaking/tuning suspension) at or near 95% of the RC handling. In all other categories, it seems superior in terms of comfort, occaisionally taking the wife out, fitting hard bags for touring.
At PIR yesterday, spoke w/ owners of old & new Triumph Sprints, which with the ST3/4 & Futura seem to be as sporty as the sport touring side gets. Even the new Sprint owner says: 'its not the best handling bike I've had'. This is what drives the questions about handling. If I have to do a replica to get that handling, and a literbike to get the torque, I'm willing. If a more practical bike like the SV can really handle that well, it seems like the right choice. The guys on the SV650s universally praise the 650's handling, but don't know or don't think the 1000 handles. (Granted, the slight weight difference will always make the smaller bike more agile. The only other potential could come from the latest '06 change to the GSXR 750 - the longer stroke providing more torque w/ less of the power stacked on top. 'Till now, its said to be like a more powerful middleweight - no torque without 8,000 rpms.
I sure do crave the input on the handling of the SV or other outstanding handling bikes. The object is simple: torque & handling.
Many Thanks, Dan. I appreciate it.