Well, after a little over a month of total riding time on my 2005 Suzuki SV650S she’s finally got 2500 miles on the clock. You’d think after a solid 2500 miles I’d have something to say about the bike, and you’d be right. The only bad thing I can think of is the lack of visability during the day, without turning on the high-beams. In itself, that isn’t really a huge deal. The adjusters for the headlights, as far as I can tell, don’t actually do anything – left to right will move, but up and down doesn’t do much. If the sun is up, my high-beams are on.
My 2500 mile fuel economy average is 47.83 miles per gallon. All in all, I’ve spent roughly $115 on gas. Total operating costs thus far have been stupidly low. Today I changed the oil, just because I was bored. The filter, a Wix 51359 for whoever is wondering ran me $10, an oil filter wrench was another $5, and a gallon of Shell Rotella T 15w40 was $8. After tax I was staring at about $25. The shifter I broke, cost me $4 to fix, and $60 for a replacement (now I have a spare).
Riding long distances (200+ miles) isn’t a big deal provided I pack something soft in the back of my tankbag to give me something to lay down on. That helps keep the strain off my shoulders and back, and brings my helmet down out of the the wind. On the highway, at about 70mph (indicated 75mph) the SV gets upwards of 50mpg for extended trips, which is pretty awesome. Handling is great, I read a lot of complaints about the factory suspension being mushy and vague – I don’t have any of those complaints. My weight may well be a factor there, I simply don’t put the strain on the forks or rear shock that a 180lb rider does. Of course I was once known to carve up twisty roads in a 1992 Camaro, with stock and worn suspension – so maybe I’m just really used to vague, mushy suspension? I’ve yet to encounter any surprises while upright, or leaned over, so I’m not too worried about it.
In short, I love my bike.