1. Engine

Did I mention I really like the new SV650? Because I really like the new SV650. Why do I like it? The answer is right there in the picture above. That engine really is magical, just as it has been since 1999 when the SV was first introduced. Loads of power, delivered smoothly, whenever you ask for it. It’ll pleasantly, but firmly snap your head back above 5000 rpm, and Suzuki even says it’ll return 61 mpg. Assuming you’re not a ham-fisted MOron, of course. On paper, the SV has never been much of a spec-sheet standout, but its cult following proves that the specs don’t really matter. Character is not something you can quantify on a spec sheet.