I was in the market for a middleweight naked street bike. I had pretty much narrowed it down to what I thought (on paper) was the best 3 bikes. The Suzuki SV 650, Honda Hornet 600 and Triumph Street Triple 675. I then test rode all 3. I hope you will gain some insight from my thoughts. My background comes from only riding 250cc bikes. I have ridden a Honda Spada and a CBR250RR. Ok so first ride was the Suzuki SV650. First thing you notice is the engine note. Really great, you just feel like blipping it at a standstill and every downshift sounds rich and full. Pretty much like a Ducati. On the road itâ€™s very easy to control the engine and clutch at low speeds and the turning circle is good although the bike can feel a little heavy. Ok in 1st gear and I give it a bit of throttle and was nearly thrown backwards off the seat! This thing has fast and instant torque from right down low all the way through the midrange! The gearing is pretty short but the power tails off a bit compared to the other two so lots of gear changes are needed in a straight line. But crucially that torque means that you can pull a high gear and flow from corner to corner without having to shift excessively and you can concentrate on braking and steering. Although braking may be a bit of a problem as the suspension has a tendency to dive in the front, combined with the high engine braking, the rear on this bike stepped out a bit when I did a practice emergency stop, although this model is available with ABS which should restore alot of confidence. Around corners through the bike is planted, requiring a bit of a push on the bars to hold it down through the corner. The tyres though look and feel harder than the others â€“perhaps replacing these would do good things for the braking. The stying is a bit dated but a really good bike, feels solid and has alot of character. If you have only got $10,000 buy this one. Next the Honda. First impressions were not so good. Initial good quality reputation is suspect with rusty brake and clutch levers (on 2 bikes I have seen <1500km). My 20 year old Spada has no such problems. However the ergonomics are excellent and switch gear easy to use. More difficult to ride at low speed than the SV thanks to a grabby clutch and fast revving engine without a lot of torque. Yeah torque, after the SV650 you really notice the lack of torque until about 6000RPM+. However above this the bike really gets going, lifting the front wheel in 1st gear and screaming like a F1 car to the redline. If you like your CBR250RR then youâ€™ll love this bike. Although the problem with all this is that on your average 50-100Kph corner the SV650 will actually be faster. The problem is that 1st gear goes like hell but is too sensitive for corner work and runs out at 115kph or so. And 2nd gear you have to be 120Kph + before your in the powerband. In fact the Hornet can feel pretty slow unless you are ultra committed to the corner. Other than that the handling is very neutral without requiring much conscious thought. Braking is good and straight. Engine braking is very slight and rev-matching on downshifts was difficult. Honestly the styling is ok but doesnâ€™t really do it for me. Overall quite a disappointment as I really wanted to love this bike and was my favourite â€œon paperâ€. Would probably work best on the track. Finally the Triumph. I have to say first up that this bike looks fantastic. A mean technical style that is unlikely to date quickly (unlike the Honda). Itâ€™s a pretty unique style (unlike the SV). Sitting on the bike itâ€™s quite comfy and it feels like your sitting high and forward. Riding at low speed is the worst of the three thanks to a â€˜veryâ€™ fast revving engine and sensitive throttle. This was the only bike I stalled. However once hooked up a blast from low revs unleashes the best sound I have ever heard from an engine ever! Itâ€™s like there are 3 different engines in one. The initial sound is a growl then something like the SV which merges into a screaming wail similar to the Honda. Fantastic. And really thatâ€™s what this engine feels like, the grunt of the SV with the top end of the Honda. The gearing suits the engine although it can feel a little short in 6th. Instruments are excellent, with lots of useful info the others donâ€™t have like instant fuel and a gear position indicator. Handling is very sharp and it actually requires a hand on the opposite bar to â€˜hold it upâ€™ on low speed corners. Other than that the suspension felt similar to the Honda. Itâ€™s only gripe is that the sensitive throttle takes some getting used to and the brakes require a little more pressure than the Honda. Quality was great with little touches like the angled valve stems and sturdy mirrors showing alot of thought. Its a really good bike and clearly the best of the 3. The only downside is the massive waiting list 4-6months! And at the moment itâ€™s the most expensive at $12500. However I am happy I bought it 3.5 months ago. It arrives in 2 weeks! Conclusion: Why do people buy so many 4 cylinder bikes?