Ok I'm teetering on this right now but I just found a dealer that is selling a brand new left over 09 sv650sf for $4995. They have a promotion right now that gives you $1000 off any left over model 09 or earlier. So I'm guessing after taxes and bs fees it should come out to around $42-4500 out the door.
Now I'm currently riding a 07 919, mostly commuting and I love it. But this seems like an awesome deal and I like the look of the bike. Just not sure on having two bikes. Those of you with multiple steeds in the stable please chime in!
Thanks for the responses guys. At one point I remember seeing many SVs for sale on the classified boards but they have been slim pickings in my neck of the woods lately. Maybe I ought to just wait a bit and see what else shows up.
I'm guessing the $1000 off has already been applied to get the price down to $4995. I used to have an 07 SV. Very fun bike. Similar in a lot of ways to the 919. My opinion is the 919 is better for longer rides and the SV is better for twisty rides. If you have to ride a long way to get to decent twisties, go with 919. If twisties are right outside your door, do the SV. No real reason to own both, unless you have two riders in your household.
....just curious ---- is a buell all SAE fasteners?
I've been wrenching on bikes for 10 years now --- all Japanese sportbikes/dirtbikes. A friend of mine just recently purchased a Harley Sportster to my dismay. To be nice agreed to help him wrench the other night....... HATED IT. The SAE stuff drove me nuts.
i'd get the SV and trick one or the other out. SV's are great bikes, and you ALWAYS need a project. On my niner, once i get the forks rebuilt, exhaust installed, and maybe the rearshock reworked, i'm done for the summer and get to wrench, trick, and mod my other bike to my heart's content. Once winter hits, I'll do some more stuff to the niner, then back to the gpz turbo next spring. Life's good with a rider and a project, man!
But, I've always wanted a buell... So I'd look at that as well, if'n v-twins are your thing, as others have said.
If you left the 919 fairly stock with a decent windscreen and used it as a touring bike/ daily driver......the SV could be in street legal race spec trim. Could do a Penske rear, a GSXR-750 front end with clip-ons and a race tach....(for that matter.....hang out at SVrider.com and buy one cheap all ready with the goodies)
It would work if you had two different narrowly focused design goals between the 2 bikes.