I've narrowed my choices down to two different bikes to see out the next 8 months of LAMs restrictions, an RVF400 or an SV650S. The former is apparently about 162kg dry weight, 4 piston dual front disc brakes and a 1335mm wheelbase. 15 years old. Finding a well cared for example has proved very hard to do, so it's safe to assume significant wear and tear on components. The latter, around 172kg dry weight, dual 290mm disc brakes on front, and 1430mm wheelbase. 1-2 yrs old. Virtually in as-new condition. Slightly wider tyre on rear, same front tyre. Which would be the better choice for being able to brake in a shorter distance and/or avoid potentially lethal situations? I realise that rider skill is paramount and perceiving hazards equally vital, but when it comes down to it, I want to have the best chances of avoiding a crash. Does the extra weight and length of the SV make it worse at braking - enough to negate the newer design and less wear of the components? I know the RVF was engineered to be best-in-class in its day while the SV is not quite as much of an ambitious bike but has the overall standard been raised by enough to offset that? From riding both I feel like the RVF is more nimble, but surprisingly not by that much considering how much bigger the SV is. Braking, I couldn't really go hard while test riding but both seem sort of the same with a firm pull on the lever. Centre of gravity seems higher on the SV, and riding position is a bit more upright. Reason: I had a car pull out in front of me on my zx2r (4cyl) and although I hit the brakes I ended up flying over the bonnet. So I know first hand how little time and distance there is to stop or avoid in emergency situations.