‘If they’re looked af­ter cos­met­i­cally, they’re bril­liant bikes’

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“We used them here as loan bikes and they took quite a ham­mer­ing but they just kept go­ing and go­ing and go­ing. They’re very re­li­able. I think with that gen­er­a­tion of SV the only neg­a­tive point with them is that ev­ery so of­ten with the throt­tle off when com­ing to a stand­still they’d back­fire a lit­tle bit and stall oc­ca­sion­ally. It’s a char­ac­ter­is­tic of them all re­ally. It’s the same with the big­ger SV1000S, although they ac­tu­ally suf­fer from it an aw­ful lot more. They’d ac­tu­ally blow the throt­tle bod­ies off some­times. But with the new SV650 this year they’ve got a fast idle de­vice that brings the revs up to get round it.

“Gen­er­ally, though, it is a beau­ti­ful en­gine. As I say, we’ve used them as loan bikes and they take a lot of abuse with very lit­tle com­plaint.

“Although it is a bud­get bike it rides re­ally well. It brakes OK. It’s no sports­bike, ad­mit­tedly, but it does what it’s meant to do beau­ti­fully. It’s an easy bike to ride. That’s why you see them at quite a few train­ing schools. They’re quite up­right, they’re well-bal­anced, they’ve got quite a low cen­tre of grav­ity and they’re just nice and easy to get on with. “They’ve no Achilles heel re­ally. The 1000 is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter but the 650’s OK. The only thing is they tend to get abused – scraped and not cleaned, that sort of thing. But me­chan­i­cally they’re fine. Cos­met­i­cally, though, es­pe­cially when you get high mileage ones, they can be, for want of a bet­ter word, a bit ‘doggy’ be­cause they’ve just been used and not par­tic­u­larly looked af­ter. They are very vul­ner­a­ble to stone chips. The front end is quite ex­posed, so the fork legs and stuff of­ten get chips on the chrome and then the rust can get be­hind it. But that’s noth­ing to do with the bike it­self, it’s the na­ture of the beast and how they’re looked af­ter. “Over­all, though, as long as they’re looked af­ter cos­met­i­cally and not dam­aged they’re bril­liant bikes. I highly rec­om­mend them.”

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