I did a little research before I bought this bike. I read that it was good for novices and more experienced riders alike. I learned that it has a reliable engine, a light weight aluminum truss-style frame, and is easily maneuverable. Something I read also stated that it will brake faster than almost anything that's traveling behind it, so an SV rider should be mindful in traffic. All these things seem to be very true. I also read that when it first came out in 1999, that it had the highest specs in the middle budget class (Super Bikes, Alan Dowd, 2002), with fuel injection and a new faring being the biggest changes in 2003. As far as maintaining the highest specs in its class, the stakes have been raised, probably more so with the new Kawasaki's (2009), which seems to be constantly compared with the SV and the Gladius. Still, in 2004, the SV ruled in its class, and maybe, it still does, especially for the price! I previously owned a 1999 1200 Bandit, so I was used to a bike with great power and lots of torque. While the SV is not anywhere near the performance of the Bandit, it still has plenty of muscle for me. Also, the fuel injection on the SV reduces warm up time. I enjoy how the SV handles, which has saved my skin from inconsiderate motorists on more than one occasion. Lastly, this thing looks great! I have had several positive comments on how it looks, and personally, I love how the aluminum truss frame is visible, revealing a high quality Suzuki frame, you know, that high spec thing! I do have three complaints. The seat, for me at least, is not that comfortable, when I have been riding for a while. Sometimes, my rear end feels like I have been riding a horse. Secondly, the riding position seems to be a little hard on my hands and wrists. However, this is a small sacrifice for having a sporty bike. Honestly, my Bandit did me the same way, even though it had an upright riding position. Lastly, the tank is supposed to hold 4.5 gallons of gas (according to PNS), which should result in at least 200 miles to a tank of gas. When I fill up my tank, after the low fuel light comes on, it only holds about three gallons of gas. As a result, I can only go about 150 miles on a tank of gas (50 MPG), before that light activates. Does anyone know how far can you go after the fuel light comes on? Despite a few small problems for me, I love this bike. I always enjoy its power, handling, and yes, the way it looks. I mean no offense to the owners of other bike manufacturers, but I've always had the best luck with Suzuki bikes in terms of performance and reliability. They are the best! Unless you are a tall/large person, have a preference for cruisers, or simply need light speed on your scoot, you really cannot go wrong with this bike.