Concerning SV gas mileage: it's pretty darn good. I had an SV one bike ago and loved it dearly. I'm a pretty conservative rider, and so results may vary. But I got 50 mpg pretty consistently, and more if it was just hwy riding. Eventually sold the SV and got a Bandit 1200 instead because my wife likes to ride along. The Bandit's a great bike, but it doesn't come close to the SV in sheer fun factor. I got my first bike when I was 10 years old. I'm 42 now, and I've never had more fun on a bike than on the SV. If I were buying another street bike just for myself, it would be the SV, no question. Buy it, that's my advice.