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New SV1000 coming to America

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 22, 2004
I had a dream! No not that one. My shrink says that ones normal, as long as I leave out the Womens Prison sequence and the power tools. The dream Im talking about started recurring about the time Suzuki announced they were bringing a 1000cc version of their fantastic, little SV to market. Having owned a 1999 SV650 I was delighted. I figured Suzuki would just wedge a TLS engine into the SV650's frame, put a real suspension under it, then send it off, into Americas loving arms. What could be better, I reasoned, than a 100+hp, V-twin sport bike, that could conceivably weigh-in at around 400lbs; and, hopefully cost less than ten-grand? Okay, being the greedy SOB I am I really wanted the TLR mill, but I knew that was a pipe dream.

Unfortunately, when the SV1000 showed up, it was over-weight, under-powered, under-sprung; and, with the addition of a brand-new frame (that looked like it came from an Erector Set) it was also ugly. Oh, well, guess its like my daddy always said, You can wish in one hand and s#@t in the other, but you can bet which ones gonna be full. It was obvious that someone screwed up. The World yawned.

Now, after tepid sales Suzuki is bringing the bike, most of us hoped for, to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Slightly Unbalanced (Brothers and Sister can you say AmenIn Japanese?). Though it might still have the Erector Set frame; the new SV has gobs of engine up-dates, and a claimed dry-weight of 412lbs (probably checked somewhere near the Moons equator). Hey! Ill take what I can get.

Personally, I cant wait to get my hands on one. I have a dream! I see aaOh, never mind!
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