I haven't ridden an SV, but a friend of mine swears it is his favorite bike of all that he has ridden. He has had everything from 250 2-strokes to FJ1200, and he says the SV650 is the sweet spot.
One of our other friends says he saw him clean house at a track day on the SV.
"Don't go gettin' all snotty on me just because I like to drink beer and piss off the porch once in a while." - Boondoggle