2. Price

As much as I like the new SV650, if it carried a price tag significantly above $7k, like the $8,149 Gladius did in 2014, I would have been the first to tell Suzuki that it made a mistake. Instead, at $6,999, it’s seriously impressive that such a fun motorcycle can be so affordable. I said similar things about the Yamaha FZ-07, which is only $9 cheaper than the Suzuki, and it seems both companies have found a good recipe to follow, focusing resources on a fun engine while wrapping it in a chassis the aftermarket can customize and perfect later.