Originally Posted by ShawnT316
So do they have the same engine?
Which is more comfortable on the road? Better seat?
Which would have better wind protection? (In the winter I wants LOTS, but summer's not so much, if any!)
I liked my XS Eleven, but I can get a Honda civic for the same mpg, and heat & ac!
I haven't owned either of the Suzuki's, but a friend of mine had the SV and loved it. I think they are basically the same engine, with different cam, tuning, and gearing. I suspect the V-Strom has better wind protection, which could be seasonably increased with an aftermarket screen extension. You could probably find a used aftermarket seat as well, since they are so abundant.
I have owned a Geo Metro. Mine was a '91 convertible 5 spd that got 41 mpg. It had a radiator not much bigger than a phone book, so I had to run the heater sometimes in the summer. Other than that, it was great car.