I know for certain it's saved my ass at least twice. Stale green, always approach expecting it to change, guy runs the red from cross traffic...
Damn, thanks for sharing your expereince!
Is there a reason you want a new bike?
I'm assumming you bought your 250 new? Imagine the depreciation hit you'll take when you sell it. Much larger than buying a bike thats even 1 year old.
Never ridden an ABS bike, but have no complaints with my SV650. Havent seen many used ABS-equipped SV's for sale, but I'm sure if you're willing to travel a bit, something will pop up.
It's not so much new vs. used, but more about getting a bike with the features I want, because unlike the 250 I started on, I intend to hold on to my next ride for a while. The depreciation is an unfortunate aspect of buying new, which is another reason I like the SV650: it's always going to hurt, but I imagine it hurts it bit more after dropping 12-13K on an inline 4.
Check out the below video as it contains some good points that apply to the bike models you are looking at
Took about an extra 3 months or so to get the perfect one, but we got him an abs model.
Thanks for the video. I'm trying to be patient.
That sprung up a few days ago. It's a mistake, they don't actually have it.
None of the dealers within 400 miles (a one day drive) actually have it in stock. I actually had a trailer hitch installed because one of the dealers said they had it and I was willing to make the drive, only to find out later that it was a mistake.
If I was going make a truly long hall (like FL) I would actually consider driving to Canada instead. They have the 2011 model there.
But what about stoppies, wheelie control, rear slides and just having fun? I really on tires sliding around when riding.
I dropped a tooth in the front sprocket, but my Ninja 250 still can't do a wheelie, so I guess I don't know what I'm missing.
As for rear slides: ABS on the SV is independent per wheel and only works for detecting forward slippage. It will not detect lateral slip and will not engage. So if you want to slide the rear into a corner, it can be done.