Seeing as how all the Kawasaki Ninja 650s in this area are sold out, I broke down and bought a 2003 Suzuki SV1000 yesterday, and took it out for a 90-mile round trip ride this morning. Great bike for riders with the experience to handle it, but definitely not a beginner bike. Tons of torque, great brakes and good suspension. Handles like an extension of my thoughts, but even while cruising home in relaxed mode I found myself taking corners at twice the speed posted on those yellow signs. The bike and I still had plenty in reserve, but it would be way easy to get in over your head with this 996cc V-twin.
Now I need to get signed up for some track days.