8. Torque

Horsepower may win you bragging rights when you’re bench racing, but torque is the one that elicits giddy emotions in the real world. V-Twins are known for torque, and the punchy 645cc one the SV carries is no exception. Our SV test bike put down 46 lb-ft to the wheel, easily enough to loft the front wheel in the air in first gear if you’re the heavy-handed type. In the canyons, it’s enough to blast the SV from one corner to the next at a rapid pace, and on the freeway it’s enough to simply cruise in sixth gear and know there’s power available when you need it. Yeah, torque rules.