Every year or two we do a middleweight naked comparison, and every year or two the Suzuki SV650 barely loses out to the Yamaha FZ-07 – even though the SV just got updated this past year. It’s always a split decision; three of us like the Yamaha against two who like the Suzuki. How do we do it? Gerrymandering! Anyway, they’re both fantastic motorcycles and the SV is even a bit less expensive – probably because the base model has no ABS. If you just like the way the Suzuki looks better, or your Yamaha dealer’s a jerk, the SV650 is a fantastic do-everything motorcycle for not much money, equally easy for beginners to learn on and for experienced riders to flog mercilessly. The poor man’s Ducati rolls on for a reason.