‘Ver­sys has more strings to its bow’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

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

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