I'm just in my second year of riding and want a better bike. Knowing that an upgrade in the next few years is possible, does anyone have any thoughts on these two bikes? MAJOR CATCH to my question - I will be taking a trip from Ohio to California roundtrip and need something comfy. Suggestions?
Either will work but you'll want a windshield on them for the highway and both come naked or with a small screen. Bandit may feel a bit more stable with it's additional weight but not a big selling point in my book, just relax and expect the bike to move a little in a crosswind.
If I had to pick I'd go with the Bandit for the crosscountry but the sv for most other situations (the sv650s with windshield comes with clip-ons instead of a handle bar and is maybe less comfortable for a smaller rider on long distances). Really I'd just pick on price and which ever one turns you on the most as they are similar in capabilities but different flavors in many ways.
Originally posted by MilleRrrr Get a used VFR (94-97) $3-6k, Put a throttlemeister, corbin seat & touring screen on it. You be glad you had it for that distance. Better bike than either sv or bandit any day