Both are great bikes and are very forgiving, either choice want be bad at all, you wont regret it. But if you were to choose one of the 2 I would say go for the sv650, it has alot more power then the 500, and if you're going to be doing freeway riding, any biker would say that if you plan to hit the freeways you need a minimum of 600cc bike. The Sv650 is very torquey but also predictable smooth power delivery with its v-twin engine. I would say the sv-650 is better built and the engine would last forever if you use synthetic oil in it and change every 1500-2000 miles. Both are good bikes, both could last up to 100,000 miles if you maintain them properly, but like I said go for the sv-650 because it will take you a while to grow out of it, and I read reviews on it, and its famous for smoking the 1000cc bikes in the twisties. The Kawasaki 500 you would grow out of it in a matter of 2 months the 650 will keep you entertained for while, plus another thing that really good about the sv650 is its fuel injected technology the kawasaki 500r is carburated , and trust me you'll get sick of carburated engines and especially starting them messing with the choke, and the power will start to bog down when you go through higher elevation, you don't want that. So already it narrows it down the sv-650 v-twin fuel injected is a better bike by quality, performance and reliability, and fuel injected equals easier maintenance, just be sure to change the oil every 2000 miles and adjust the valves at 30,000 and your set it will run forever if you let it. ANyways dude hope this helps. Good luck and remember go for the up to date technology like fuel injection.
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