‘Versys has more strings to its bow’
I’m so happy the SV is back to its best. It’s plucky, fun, good looking and great value. For affordable naked fun you really need look no further. But if you’re over six feet tall you would be well advised to try it at a dealer before you buy. And personally, I wouldn’t take on any serious miles on the SV650 in inclement weather.
The Honda is very impressive, if not the most exciting, fun or desirable – but it’s extremely good at what it does. It’s one of the easiest bikes I’ve ever ridden; beautifully balanced, comfortable and so impressive at low speeds with perfect fuelling, and excellent mpg. However, the NC750 is extremely understated, meaning that you have to live with the slightly bland image and lack of both frills and thrills.
While the Kawasaki is the most expensive bike on test, it shows in the quality of the suspension, detailing and genuine parts fitted on this GT version. Yes it is a little vibey at high speeds, and the fuelling isn’t as perfect as the Honda’s, but it can match the Honda’s touring ability and if you remove the luggage it will keep the SV in sight through the bends. In short, it has more strings to its bow, and plays a decent repertoire – which is why it’s our winner.
‘It matches the touring ability of the NC and keeps an SV in sight through bends’
It might be costly, but that’s justifed by the level of equipment and performance tank Stacks of storage beneath dummy fuel than most NC’S digital readout is more compact bolt-on Yoshimura exhaust is a £499 official mile mark Fuel lights comes on around the 130- goes down Spotlights offer big power when sun 21-litre tank You’ll get close to 200 miles from the 3 2 1