Oh yes, the much loved Suzuki SV650 is now back in South Africa with many changes and it’s rather splendid on many counts. I’ve always been a fan of the little SV since its original appearance way back in 1999 so I couldn’t wait to get my sweaty palms on its ‘bars once again.
In a world of Freezelands, Jerseys, Angus’, Shorthorns, Long horns or Brown Swiss. Adventure bikes, or the ‘big ones’ we all know to be more precise; these ‘small’ versions are now becoming the new breed in the field. Sharing the same basic traits to be classed as an Adventure bike. Much like cattle too, almost every Nation has created its own representation of what an Adventure bike should be. Viscous horsepower, electronics to run the Hubble Telescope, gnarly off-road prowess or comfort, each brand strives to personalise and differentiate their offering. And now Kawasaki enters the stable with their new take on what a little Adventure bike should be and, it’s rather good.
Oh yes, the age-old choice. Do I go for the cheaper option or the one that’s a little more expensive but basically the same thing? Of course I’m referring to motorbikes here but this conundrum goes much deeper throughout your daily lifestyle, right?
I am going to take a fairly different approach with my review of the all-new Yamaha YZF-R6
I don’t want to completely send you to sleep with boring specs that you’ve probably already researched on the internet, instead I’d like to paint the full picture of my time spent on the bike.