Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a real fan of larger capacity bikes. So it may come as a bit of a surprise that I've found one that I actually quite like. And as you might guess, that would be the Suzuki SV 1000. The first thing that grabs your attention would have to be the motor. This engine is what a litre bike engine should be. It ROCKS. In any gear. Any where in the rev range. Well, as long as you're above about 4000rpm. It really is a case of simply twist & GO. No lofting the front into the air or breaking out into wild wheelspin. It simply hooks in and boogies. Perfect for spirited twisty road riding. And it doesn't mind a bit of a rev either. It really is an impressive engine. Yes I know the current crop of race replicars would tear the arse out of it above 200, but how often does one venture above that on the road. Give me instant grunt every time thanks. But an engine on its own does not make a bike. It should also be able to scamper round a corner or two without major dramas or fuss. And in my humble opinion, the SV also delivers on this score as well. At this point in time, I should mention that this particular test ride was undertaken with a distinct lack of safety gear. Envisage shorts, tee shirt & thongs & you're not too far off the mark So I can't really comment on the high speed cornering prowess. Not above 160 anyway But it does feel nice & light & nimble for its size. An impression that really did surprise me -as I'd just hopped off my KTM motard which weighs 3/5ths of bugger all. Quite surprised was I. Nice light tip in, yet quite happy to hold a line -or change the line if you so desire. The only time things start to get a bit fidgety is if you grab a bit much of the loud handle while still tipped fairly well over. Not scary -just enough to let you know there's 120 odd hp trying to escape your grasp. Once one has attained their preferred cruising speed, it is inevitable that you will have to slow down. And this shows up the SV's weakness. The brakes. Or lack thereof. Or more precisely, lack of feel. They do slow you down effectively, but not with what you would describe as awe inspiring confidence. I would imagine a set of braided brake lines along with some more performance orientated pads would solve the problem. If I owned one, that would be the first mod performed. So there you have it. In my opinion, one of the most under rated real world twisty road sport bikes. One that shuffles along a lot quicker than the engine note would have you believe. One glance at the speedo after a couple of seconds of throttle twisting confirms that Grab yourself a test ride if you ever get the opportunity.