I completely agree with what's being said above, and I have 02 SV650 myself, stronger pull throughout low and mid-range than most 600s (my first bike was FZR600). Just not enough power on top to get a new rider in trouble, it redlines at 10500 rpm. If you take MSF first and then ride the SV, it will tolerate most, if not all newbie mistakes, very forgiving. Just watch the braking, still sensitive and lot of power.
600s and 1000s are very close in lap times in track. But in 1/4 mile, liter bikes are more than 1 sec faster. So something to think about how dangerous liter bikes are in stock form. 600s are still untamed in terms of braking, power on top, and exuding false confidence. Older 600s are better choice.
Last edited by Z_Fanatic; 05-08-2005 at 03:50 PM.