Found 21st Feb 2009
And no, it's not a fictional post like some other vehicles here tonight

I ordered the bike back in October when Suzuki had a 400 pound cashback offer which I thought was too good to miss even though I didn't need the bike until around now. The bike came in last month coincidentally just four days after passing my big bike test although the garage is around 120 miles away (couldn't get it with cashback from a local dealer). My original plan was to head down and ride the bike back however the weather hasn't been great and the main road has high sections where the temperature drops considerably and the weather is variable. After discussing it with some members here who warned against riding on new tyres I eventually managed to get a friend with a van to take me down and pick up the bike.

I was a bit concerned as the demo and showroom models at the gararge were only half-faired but I was relieved when my bike was fully faired. I liked the idea of a v-twin for the size of the bike as it's a bit neater than the likes of the GSX 650F and some of its other rivals, in the flesh I definitely like it - aside from a couple of 125's the SV did look quite slim alongside all its straight four siblings. The fuel tank is quite a hump though which is going to take getting some used to especially as the riding position feels a little lower than my 125.

Sadly I still haven't been able to ride it as by the time it was home the roads were cold and wet which isn't a good combination for a new bike...really hoping the weather is going to be better over the weekend although the weather forecast isn't looking hopeful

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nice very street hawkish.

Nice to see you got the bike dude.
Perfect colour same as my gsxr. :thumbsup:
You should join [url][/url] if you haven't already.
Keep us upto date. :thumbsup:

that looks pretty cool man

john i was thinking of learning to ride a motorbike, how much would all of that cost and how much is a nice looking bike going to cost?

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Nice to see you got the bike dude.Perfect colour same as my gsxr. … Nice to see you got the bike dude.Perfect colour same as my gsxr. :thumbsup:You should join [url][/url] if you haven't already.Keep us upto date. :thumbsup:

Thanks again for the advice, definitely better getting it up by van and take it out for a few gentle rides rather than horsing it up 120 miles on my first go. I'm on already although it may be a bit of a bad influence as they seem to be into their tweaking quite a bit.

They had a GSX-R in black in the showroom and I thought it looked stunning, much better than the usual blue, white and red even though the latter is more distinctive as a Suzuki.


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john i was thinking of learning to ride a motorbike, how much would all … john i was thinking of learning to ride a motorbike, how much would all of that cost and how much is a nice looking bike going to cost?

It depends partially on your age what you can do, to begin with you have to do a CBT which is basically an intro to bike riding - you spend the day learning a bike and at the end of it if you pass you then get your provisional license which is around 100 pounds. If you're 17 or over this means you can ride a 125cc bike limited to 14.6bhp with L plates, no pillion and no motorway riding. These bikes are small and low powered, will usually get to 50 fairly quickly but not much after that - if you want you can ride one of these without supervision for up to two years.

If going for your test you need to sit a theory test even if you've done it for the car although it's mainly the same bar a few motorbike questions. Once you have your theory test it's a practical test next which depends on your age, if you're 17 or over and under 21 then you sit the test on a 125cc and if you pass you're limited to 33bhp for two years and then unrestricted. There's no capacity limit though so it's common to buy a bike like the SV and limit it to 33bhp for two years then take the restrictor off.

If you're 21 or over you have the option to do your direct access test which is the same practical test but you have to sit it on a bike with 46.6bhp or more (usually a 400 or 500cc) which if you pass you can then ride any bike, no restrictions.

The cost is dependent on a few factors, the minimum is going to be the cost of CBT + theory + practical + sending off your license which is a few hundred pounds on its own. Then you have the cost of lessons which are going to vary on the individual, there's the option to do intensive courses where you go in with nothing and come out with a license.

The cost of a bike is going to be largely dependent on what you want from a bike just like cars as there's many different types for different purposes. On the whole bikes are comparatively cheap compared to cars especially if you want performance, a few thousand will get a bike that will have performance to destroy most cars on the road. You have to bear in mind engine capacity isn't comparable to cars as bikes seemingly have very small engines with not much power however as that power is basically driving just you and the frame that's a lot of power.

I decided to go down the 125 route, I sat my CBT to see if I'd like riding a bike or not which I did so I decided to pick up a 125 to ride for a few months before moving up to a bigger bike as 125s are generally easy to sell on without losing too much money.

The motorbike test changes in a few weeks to a new longer and tougher test, it was supposed to be in place last September but it was delayed until March. Getting lessons and tests is probably going to be tricky as a lot of people will be trying to beat the deadline.


ok thanks for the info john!

Nice, time for you to enjoy some winding B-roads

A great bike the SV, I've had a yellow one, a blue one and a black one and a silver one. I used it to commute to work, I've been on track days, I've been touring 2 up with luggage in Ireland, I've been to the south of France. One of the best budget bikes around, reliable, cheap to insure, cheap to run, comfortable, "quite rapid" and with a bit of attention to the front forks can be made to hande very well. The brakes are a bit ropey and the finish can be poor, the paint on the tank is quite thin and I would recommend getting a tank pad/protector. The front fork legs lacquer is poor and quickly peels off and after a bit of winter riding they can suffer pitting and look un-sightly.
Get a fender extender as the front wheel throughs up water into the front cylinder spark plug socket. A rubber grommet should be fitted but sometimes it is too loose. A race can is good to free up a few of the horses in the midrange of the power band, get a decent make as the cheaper brands can be excessively noisy. Spend a few bob on an air filter, K&N are about £40. Get the suspension set up to suit your weight, by adjusting the static sag front and rear, the bike can feel so different. One of the guys off the did mine for the price of a bacon buttie. I'm not sure which tyres are fitted to the current models, the very first bikes had Metzelers and the 2003 on models had Dunlop D220's, these offer limited levels of grip. Go for something a bit grippier, the latest twin compound tyres give a really good compromise for grip, longevity and wet weather performance.
Enjoy the bike and keepy rubber side down/shiny side up!!!

Nice bike John and enjoy the - some very nice peeps on there :thumbsup:

Very nice bike - enjoy riding it..........the rest of the time enjoy pampering it.

Fit a scottoiler and tank protector (otherwise your zip will scratch that lovely tank paintwork). For security purposes think about a smart water kit or datatag kit.......

Nice bike, excellent color choice, mine too is black (not a suzuki)

take care on the roads with those lovely new tyres! :thumbsup:

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Thanks for all the comments, I'm slowly taking it all in particularly in getting started for bits to buy for it. The bike does have alphadot tracking although I feel a little wary leaving the bike anywhere as it just seems to shout 'steal me' - perhaps I'm being too paranoid!

Definitely need a tankpad, there's seems to be a few different ones around though any recommendations? Just looking for something that won't stand out and will come off easily if required. I'm getting a mudguard and rear hugger organised plus looking for a good price on some crash bungs.

The weather at the weekend was better than expected which mean I managed to get the bike out for a couple of runs and I can't say I'm at all disappointed. While it's not that fast compared to many other bikes the acceleration is more than enough for me, well perhaps a bit too much...the rather large growl of the v-twin is quite addictive when accelerating, I was having to keep a very close on the speedometer. With my little 125 I was always avoiding main roads and dual carriageways as it didn't have the speed for it, I'm still finding it a bit strange on the SV being able to head onto the dual carriageway without worrying about keeping up.

Me and my bike

Thanks again for all the advice,

Rubber ronnie tank pads are great,loads of diff colours available
they don't stick that well at the edges so if you are looking for one you want to take off in the future they are great, should be able to pick one up hopefully for under 15 quid.
I have one on my gsxr 1000.
Although on my two sv's I had I was using a clear pad that I got from Hein Gericke, although I wouldn't set foot in the door of that place now, well thats another story lol.
Anyway the clear pad was rocksolid once on and you had to make sure you got it on perfect first time, with no fingerprints behind it so use marigolds to put it on lol.

Nice bike, stay safe, been riding 20 years and theres a lot of nutty car drivers out there !!!
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