Originally posted by JRSMAIL
I love the my SV on the track, great handleing bike. But if you want to pass 1,000's good luck, I couldn't do it. They say it could be done. You will catch your 1,000's by turn three or so and be held up by them in the corners till the straights come up again.
I low sided mine triying to hard to pass larger bike on the main straight, over driving the tires. But in tires defence, I also dragged my rear brake lever on the ground a number of times, with the rearset at normal stock height.
That is why I now have a 750 for the track.
I will have to agree here. Granted, we are in beginner, where the lap time difference between the first group and last group is in excess of 30 seconds. The only difference between the second slowest group and the slowest group is horsepower. Sucks being behind that second slowest group that you can't pass because they have double the horsepower, or setting up for a pass only to be throttle jockied by a slower rider on a bigger bike you somehow managed to just pass. In other groups or other tracks it might not matter.
Another thing to consider is that you already know what to expect with a 600. You know about where the power turns on (roughly, it obviously varies by bike). You might not like the power curve on an SV. I say, ride one on the street through some half ass twisty stuff, or in a parking lot free of cars, and see what you think.
Keep in mind if you buy one with stock suspension, you'll be changing it out immediately (figure close to a grand for that. You could go the previous generation GSXR rear shock, but it would probably need to be rebuilt anyways). For a decent rider, that suspension sucks and depending on the track, it could be dangerous. Don't take a stock suspension SV to Gratten, you'll get motion sickness from the front end dives with the elevation changes!