Hey all, Been lurking around here for ages, not a total noob, But I have a question for once. I’ve stopped riding a few months ago due to a career change I’d made, had to sell the bike and I was pretty disappointed with that because you couldn’t peel me off it. The missus says I have to get a new one because I’m not the same without it, and it’s just one of those few things that keep’s me sane. No petrol, grease, bikes or cars drives me a little mad after a bit... I’ve test rode a heap in the meantime to find a better bike (still on restrictions till Dec) and to give myself a feel for a more powerful bike. I’ve been trying to match them up specification wise (not taking into account how the power is delivered by different engines). I’m really keen on an SV650S, but obviously I can’t ride that for a bit. Now I probably can answer the question myself logically because it’s not a hard one, but I thought I’d see what others think about my situation, either wait till December and get the SV with rusty riding skills or buy something like a GS500 now and risk the remote chance of becoming bored of it but have the skills up (after the ordeal of offloading a 250, don’t want to go there again, I want a keeper)? Now this is where I may sound a little thick, but a BMW F650GS I’d rode fairly enthusiastically and a mates GS500 still both felt like they are lacking to me, I’m not a hoon that’s just how I felt, almost slightly shortchanged. But weight wise (on paper), the GS’s and the SV are very similar and the power (not taking in to account the 3 different engines and power delivery) is different between the GS’s and the SV, but not massively different (SV is 25-30hp more and 15-25Nm more). Or is that quite a considerable amount more and am I just missing something? Honestly I’m still getting the feel for power outputs on bikes with the little info I can find but obviously (and safely) I can’t find out for myself. I’m a pretty cautious person and I’d honestly rather ask a stupid question now than make a dumb mistake later, so don’t flame too hard. I’m sure the missus would prefer me intact on a GS500, but we both can’t go past the SV lol... Thanks heaps!