Memorable Motorcycle: Suzuki SV1000 — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki SV 1000

Memorable Motorcycle: Suzuki

For a motorcycling historian, the Suzuki is one of the most interesting bikes made. This is a bold to make, but the SV proves three First, even a company Suzuki’s uncanny skill of in touch with their base can get things wrong and too.

Next, compromises lead to failure where are concerned. Finally, and perhaps interesting of all, it is possible to even with a fine of individual parts.

At the SV’s perhaps the problem which most heavily on Suzuki’s mind was the TL1000 the SV’s evil sibling. The TL was a hairy-chested, sportbike aimed right at the of the Ducati 916’s target With the TL making 135 horsepower 20 hp than the 916 at a near identical to the Ducati and with all the reliability of engineering, Suzuki should stomped all over the Bologna but didn’t.

The “but” in this case was a which was simply too ambitious or, intuitively, maybe not ambitious Instead of a World Superbike chassis, the TL’s cycle guaranteed, at the very least, an of constipation in the rider and, personal meetings with nursing staff and sympathetic

The Suzuki SV1000’s 996cc promises a real rider

when it rumbles to life, but on the remains

inoffensive and lifeless the rev range.

So when the SV was launched the lights were well and lit on Suzuki’s instrument panel. was the frenetic rush of the eight-valve, overhead cam V-Twin which the TL. Instead, Sensible San in Hamamatsu and re-mapped the same motor, so it allegedly produced 120 hp but felt 20 hp less.

The capacity remained at 996cc and the gearbox was retained from the TL but now the was a sportbike engine which the and Safety lobby would us all ride.

There was absolutely wrong with the motor. it gave the impression of a dilatory you wondered when it was ever to wake up, get out of bed and start mowing the

Ironically, the situation was made by Suzuki’s cute little which was introduced at the same as the SV1000. The free revving 645cc motor was full of and fun, being both for beginners to use whilst remaining satisfying for experienced riders.

The chassis continued the theme of back to sensible basics. the TL had a short wheelbase, and stood on its wheel with the slightest the SV was nearly two inches longer and a shallower steering head The TL’s ineffective, but ground rotary damped rear was replaced by an utterly conventional and the front forks were efficient.

The result was ultra-safe, stable handling which bring tears of joy to any safety bureaucrat.

The same applied to the ergonomics. Everything is in the right and nothing is uncomfortable, but there is no of involvement in the riding experience. an SV is more akin to driving a family hatchback car than a motorcycle.

Suzuki SV 1000

The instrument binnacle looks but is infinitely uninspiring. Suzuki styling success in other though, particularly in the graceful of the fuel tank.

The sad thing is Suzuki did take care the finish on the SV. At first glance the does look the part, a graceful, curving fuel and an impeccably finished alloy frame. The paintwork was excellent too and the detail of the instrument binnacle good.

What was missing? in practical terms, but everything it came to design flair the which shows that a has put something of his soul into the rather than it being the of a committee.

On the road, the SV was one the strangest I have ever ridden. had not over-silenced the bike so the big V-Twin away at tick over, a real rider experience at the top end of the rev Instead, nothing really

The revs rose and the engine remained as inoffensive as ever.

The SV was almost embarrassingly, forgiving and was perhaps its biggest fault. me for saying this, but I am more passingly competent when it to riding a motorcycle. Therefore, I a bike that will my riding errors and smile me when I get something right.

The SV did No matter how well, or badly, the is ridden it will remain inoffensive and biddable.

If riding a 916 on the is like making love a motorcycle then the same on an SV is also like an afternoon of but this time wearing 10 simultaneously. Somewhere, a long way you know that you are doing really exciting but you are so far from the act you wondered why you bothered.

At the end of each Memorable Motorcycles I normally make a prediction as to the future. In this case, the is clear. The SV 1000 will quietly into the afterlife loved, nor reviled, nor respected, nor but quite simply ignored and a sad epithet for any bike.


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