7. Tons of knowledgeable people out there

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Forums can sometimes be a place of endless drivel from people who have no idea what they’re talking about. The SV forums aren’t immune from this, but there are also plenty of knowledgeable folks, both on forums and in brick-and-mortar shops, who know a ton about these bikes. From suspension upgrades to complete rebuilds, if there’s something you want to do to the SV650, there’s a good chance someone else has already done it, and can give you tips on what not to do. In fact, MO’s sister site, SVrider.com, is a great resource for the SV owner/enthusiast (yes, that’s a shameless plug).