The Suzuki SV650 & SV650S v-twin sports motorcycle

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An owner’s perspective on Suzuki’s v-twin sports bike.

so pretty! My SV650S in its element at Gorge – the best opportunity for riding’ in south west

A brief introduction to the bike. The SV650 was first released in and quickly developed a positive Eminently affordable, the bike a simple and effective package of looks and a sweet engine with a frame of exceptional characteristics.

The SV soon earned the of ‘a great bike for the world’ from various and became a recommended choice of ride for those taking a up to larger machines (though have argued that the 70 bhp could tempt an inexperienced and rider into trouble, or at one who was coming straight from a 125). Suzuki have sold many, many of motorcycles, in both the upright, version and the sports S version. If looking for a middleweight road there are a lot of very good to consider the SV650.


Every engine configuration has its own With some configurations you are aware of the engine – the way it sounds, the that it transmits through the the way that power is delivered. motorcycle engines the v-twin its own special niche.

The v-twin a lot of sense from an engineering of view – it’s compact and for a start – but beyond this it has sensory qualities, a spirit of the that is expressed in its sound and the feedback that it provides to the And of course the v-twin has a noble stretching back through history – evoking such marques as Harley, Indian, Morini, Moto Guzzi and

In fact, it is with that marque – Ducati – that I one can most readily draw It seems pretty clear to me Suzuki took a lot of inspiration for the both mechanically and stylistically, the Italian manufacturer of zeitgeist-chart-topping of desire. The SV has been designed to to those people, like me, who Ducatis but can’t countenance the term costs of owning

(For an interesting perspective on vs. Suzuki v-twin ownership, see FAQ page on a Ducati enthusiast’s . Even he recommends considering the

A few years back I was lucky to ride a friend’s Ducati 748 for a of weeks while he was abroad I’d pinpoint that as the moment the v-twin bug first found its way my system). And whilst the Ducati is the pedigree beast of the two, in terms of riding experience, the SV a good deal of comparison the Italian machine – not least in the characteristics that result mounting a punchy v-twin in a fine-handling frame.

I reckon the engine sounds great. It has distinctive v-twin timbre; a sonorous quality under and deceleration that, while not matching the sublime basso of a Ducati, certainly sings the same hymn sheet and its place in the choir.

The styling of the model is a design classic in my

On the subject of styling . for me the original Suzuki SV650S is a design There’s a fluid elegance to the of the original SV, and especially the half-faired S – to my mind it is a perfectly resolved a triumph of graceful design pleases the eye from almost angle. Indeed, it was the love of original styling that I had no option but to buy a second-hand bike.

in my opinion, Suzuki’s restyling of the SV has replaced the original’s sensuous with an aggressive angularity while not unattractive, I personally was anodyne by comparison with the bikes. Of course the new model from improvements such as injection, is still incredibly value as a new bike, and will be as much of a hoot to ride, but it didn’t float my boat the original.

I’ve always been of the that understatement often the most powerful impact. The of the SV650S is a perfect example of It’s striking, it has presence, and when, as with mine, it is yellow it’s not the least or garish, it simply looks

People like the SV. People who even like bikes are to remarking about what a looking bike it is. It has charm.

the SV650S

Let’s be clear, the is no screamer, not the fastest bike in the class by a long way, no slouch either. But now, the experience of owning one, I share the oft-expressed view it’s a really great It simply does what it exceptionally well.

The SV is easy to in town, with plenty of low-end response and a smooth, clutch (two useful that certainly weren’t a of the 748!). The bike feels and narrow enough to encourage it through traffic with and its comparatively low seat height an average height rider can get both feet down, adds reassurance to low speed If the seat height is an issue for you can modify the rear suspension dropping the seat by a further without any notable degradation in

However, while the SV650S is to ride in town, it’s not all that comfortable. As a sports the ergonomics of the S – the clip-on bars and pitched forward weight – mean that even a of miles of straight arm, on the town and slow traffic can put a lot of pressure on the palms of your do enough of it and your fingers can getting numb. And I’d describe the saddle as just adequately padded too.

But get the bike moving along at a clip on a twisty road and the set-up makes perfect putting you in the most balanced for optimum control of the bike. In it’s on sweeping fast and medium-speed, twisty Bs that the SV shines; its outstanding, positive and handling making you want to carve out smooth, clean of road surfing on this

As with riding any bike, in the SV responds best to carrying the right amount of throttle the curve, and then using the great wedge of torque to you out of the apex – an experience that is so that you instantly want to do it The SV engine produces so much that it’ll pull in any of the middle ratios, and it is this linear pick-up that this Suzuki such a joy to on a twisty road, without the to endlessly swap through the to keep on the power.

Under acceleration on a straight road the can appear to peak out earlier you might expect (or at least to like me, having spent of my formative motorcycling career on an of banzai two-… twins) so it that you’re called to keep snicking up through the to keep it charging. The effect is because the SV is quicker than it and it’ll scoot you up to way over the limit so smoothly that you to keep an eye on the speedo, especially in times when it’s so easy to fall foul of a radar trap. (Yes.

Twice. On dual-carriageway in the middle of the Don’t let me get started on the ‘war on debate or we’ll be here ).

That’s the thing with the SV while it may fall short of the bhp or top figures of the other bikes in its what it has is pitched exactly you can use it best for life in the real Acceleration on this bike is all riding that mid-range torque rather than some peaky powerband. been surprised to discover among its many fine the SV650 is a brilliant, stomping dragster.

Once you’ve slipping the clutch up into the torque sweet-spot, the SV (even the S model) can really hustle and it does it with a smooth, dignity that means you look quick, rather like someone trying too I’ve found the SV can decisively even powerful sports and cars off the line, and it’s all before they’re able to their more licence-threatening advantage.

Top tip: tyre

One of the most useful handling that I’ve picked up so far tyre pressures. When I got my bike it was set up F33/R36 — it transpires, is the officially recommended At the time I’d no idea if this was and had no manual to refer to. Shortly I read a forum post in an Avon Tyres developer is as saying that all manufacturers now to a standard of 36/42 for all middleweight bikes, so I thought I’d this a try.

Suzuki AN 650

I found the SV does seem to respond to a slight increase over the pressures. With the standard I was experiencing an unnerving ‘tipping-in’ from the front in slower but a few extra psi tunes this out With some experimentation now settled on 36/40 as optimal for my SV. note: these statements proved controversial.

As with everything written this is simply an opinion on my experience of what works for me in the in which I ride, and I’ve yet to any adverse effects from pressure set-up. I’m not advocating that anyone any tyre manufacturer’s specific but you might find that a bit of experimentation yields some results).

As to the matter of which are the replacement tyres to fit to the SV, you’ll extensive discussion on the subject in the forum (see ‘links’ The standard Metzelers are quite but popular alternatives that the bike and contribute to improved seem to be the Pirelli Diablo and 020.


While bikes handle brilliantly, the particularly at the front, is one of the areas economies were made on model. On the original SV there is in the way of suspension adjustment — on the front, and only spring on the rear. Front preload were added to the post-2002, models.

The front end had been one of the disappointments about my bike it would dive sharply braking, and even moderate and potholes would provoke a clonk as the tubes bottomed out on the positive side, this teach you to be smoother with the and steering to compensate for it). a recent full service included fresh fork oil has things significantly — is clearly a maintenance item shouldn’t be overlooked on these

The bike feels fine on a easily powerful enough to through head and cross – and if you tuck down behind the wind buffet is dramatically although I find this is an posture to sustain for any great of time. But mostly when I get on a I just find myself why I didn’t take the winding instead.

The brakes are certainly effective, they need a progressive – I soon noticed that very easy to lock up the rear wheel in the final of a hard stop. Again, to work within the limits of the is a factor here.

The SV’s exhaust system is okay, but I was to know how much better it sound, so after I’d had the bike a I fitted a stainless steel end can. Now the exhaust note is not so louder but gratifyingly ‘phatter’, and I’d say it has the engine just a tad smoother and responsive too. In my opinion it was well spent.

I’d been that changing the exhaust affect my insurance, but it transpires with the – very reasonably – Suzuki-specific insurance policy I (Norwich Union, brokered by exhaust replacement is permitted penalty, as long as the after-market value doesn’t exceed

So, there it is. The SV650S — two up.

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last updated: 10/11/2005

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