Never been a rider before. Used to ride dirt bikes back in the day, but my brother was the one that was really serious into the sport(s). Well, I've been wanting a bike for about a year now, and a series of very [un]fortunate events ensued. My brother has an 2006 SV650. Had it for about 2 years. About 5 weeks ago, in a dirt bike accident, he shattered his left knee . Well, after this he has lost his job and just can't afford to pay his bills, so I made an offer. I agreed to take over his bike payments (which I will double up on) if I can ride the bike in the interim. When he gets healthy again it will go back to him (and I will get the equity I put into it back when he sells it). Anyway - my brother did NOT take care of this precious machine. He sawed the rear fender & break lights off for aesthetic reasons, took off the rear view mirrors and has dropped it numerous times. Oh yeah, he also had a 1/4 inch groove on the front tire where it has worn thin. But no fear! Today I picked the bike back up from the dealership where I had a new tire put onto it. I have put the mirrors back on (though they are giviing me trouble) and took to the road for the first time. Glorious.