I thought this was an interesting topic, since many find they must choose one over the other (including myself.) because each bike has essentially the same *heart* (engine,) how best to distinguish them? I came across this stromtrooper thread discussing the very subject.
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** anecdotal comparison:
Stromtrooper user Xavier6162 summed it up best in saying:
“The SV is more like a Fighter plane. Very light, more flickable and maneuverable in a shorter amount of space because it is always on the verge of instability. Manuvers like a bicycle at very slow speeds.
Compared to the DL it is twichy (short wheelbase), not very forgiving and very easy to get yourself into trouble. Great track bike, great street fighter or great for an aggressive rider……and young foolish squids. Poor highway bike. Very uncomfortable over a 30 minute ride. Very Painful after an hour. Dead numb-paralyzed butt after 1.5 hours even with a seat upgrade. Very cramp riding position compared to the DL. Very cheap to buy (Dime a Dozen) and easy to find. Twice the insurance cost of the DL.
The DL is more of a Cesena. Very stable and forgiving.”