It was 650cc V-Twin vs 650cc parallel-Twin, Suzuki vs. Kawasaki, in this mid-range, inexpensive, commuter-by-weekday, track-tool-by-weekend conflict. Since the demise of the Honda GT650 Hawk, the Suzuki SV650 had been in a class of its own until the arrival of the Ninja 650R. But after battling it out on both the street and track, the new, fully-faired Ninja just couldn’t upset the quarter-faired Suzuki. A lot’s changed since this shootout, so maybe it’s time we revisit this one with the modern versions of these machines.
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