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Old 12-02-2012, 06:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I stared out on a Yamaha 100 Enduro at 5 ft. 8 inches,130 pounds.I rode for a few months on the street and fire roads until I was able to ride it around at full throttle every where.I knew then I needed to move up.
My next motorcycle was a 1975 Honda Goldwing,and although I scared myself with my initial attempt at full throttle acceleration, I already had the skills using the controls and was not intimidated by this.I went on to enjoy the larger bike relating it to the basic characteristics of riding the smaller bike.If the rear tire broke traction I knew to ease up on the gas and recover instead of being surprised.
I'm glad it worked out that way for me!.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:04 PM   #17 (permalink)
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If you like the SV, get the SV.
Take the MSF course if you haven't already, and get on with the learning.

My return to Motorcycling bike was an ST1300, after being gone for 20+ years.

I race(d) an -01 SV650, and loved the bike. Same power characteristics as my ST, and a bulletproof engine. Suspension was reworked on mine, and mine had braided lines and EBC -HH brakes. It stopped fine on the track.

As far as the SV keeping up on the interstate...
I liked the SV's engine enough that I bought a DL650. Same engine, detuned a bit, with a DS frame/look. I cruise at 75 on the Mass Pike at about 5500rpm, and still have enough power to spare to pass when necessary. The ST does it more effortlessly, but there's still enough to get going.

One poster mentioned Sport Touring the bike. I think the ergos would tire one out, but people tour on many bikes. That's a choice you'd have to make.

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