I got myself into motorcycles primarily to distract myself from the fact that I couldn’t snowboard. I have since become quite fond of riding two wheeled vehicles. I went from contemplating trying the motorcycle license course to owning my first motorcycle (a Kawasaki EX500, great bike for learning and riding around the city) within about 3 months. Really I just wanted to learn a new skill and I ended up with a new obsession.
The motorcycle I currently own and ride is the Suzuki SV650S. It makes a great bike for someone who lives in the city but it’s still big enough that you can really have fun on open roads and the track. Here are a few things that went through my mind as I made my motorcycle buying decision:
- Has a sporty look yet insurance premiums don’t kill you. I think this is because of the V-Twin engine (typically found in cruisers like Harleys) rather than an inline-4 (typical of a supersport bike).
- The low-end torque makes up for having less horsepower than a supersport bike. You can still take almost any cager (what motorcycle riders call car drivers) off the line.
- Good looking (I suppose this is rather subjective) and a great value as an all around bike.
- The only issue with this bike is the stock suspension is a little soft.
I installed the fender eliminator kit, the chin spoiler, the sliders and the after-market shorty signal lights. Still contemplating an upgrade to a sweet carbon fiber Yoshimura, Two Brothers or Scorpion exhaust but I don’t want my neighbours don’t hate me. :$
All in all it’s a great bike and still practical (well as practical as owning a motorcycle in Canada can be anyway!). This will probably be my bike until I go a different direction like get a touring bike or stop caring about how much it costs to insure a Yamaha R1!