Well, if it were me, I would never think of getting a new bike for a first bike. If you can't find a SV, then look for some older bikes. I am in the process of looking for a friend right now. I recommend looking for a 1985 to 1995 bike with less than 30K miles. Any VF or VFR Honda, early CBR600, early FZR (stay away from air cooled), early 600 Ninjas. They are all good. Just have a friend or mechanic check it over. Good luck!!