“Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. ” – The character Sam from the movie Ronin.
As for the 500’s looks. People mostly make judgements on it due to pictures of it standing completely still with no rider on it, directly from it’s side. In which case, yea it does look a little dated. However when there is a rider on it, or you see someone riding it, the “aged” look pretty much totally disappears and it looks great. As for the sv650, you’ll be paying about $600 for the ABS. Unless you really want it, or are afraid of locking up your brakes, that’s a chunk of change you can save if you just get the sv w/o the ABS.