This year Suzuki has released yet another iteration of the famed SV650 series, and this one seems truer to its original design compared to recent models that were released before it. Suzuki has welcomed back the design concepts they had used on the original 1990’s SV650, such as a tubular chassis and a naked body with no fairings. The no fairings part is a welcome change, since it brings a wild, untamed aspect to the bike and is really fun for a lot of riders as they can feel the air smashing into their bodies while cruising along the highways.
However Suzuki did not forget about the streets, as they have added a brand new stall prevention system that protects the engine from stalling at low rpm in the hands of an inexperienced rider. They also improved upon their O2 detector and the bike is the most environment friendly and sustainable model yet in the entire SV650 series.
Who is this bike for
Every bike in the legendary SV650 series has always managed to hit that elusive sweet spot between controlled aggression and raw performance. Its 645cc V-twin provides enough power for the seasoned sports bike enthusiast while at the same time giving the inexperienced rider a highly versatile sports bike that feels very easy to ride and control. It may seem tame at first, but make no mistake. The 645cc V-twin of the SV650 generates more than enough power, to send the bike tearing through the streets if let loose. Most traditional extreme performance bikes are equipped with an inline 4 cylinder engine that turns the bike into a spaceship on wheels at high rpm, but they also lack sufficient torque at lower rpm which means that you may end up stalling the bike while braking or taking a slow turn. And, if you decide to pull back on the throttle just a little in the middle of a busy street, you might find yourself lodged inside the window of a jewellery shop, with the bike lying 30 feet away. However in the SV650, we have a V-twin that generates a ton of torque at low to mid range rpm and keeps you happy on the streets, while also allowing you to unwind and go full retard on the highways. Not overpowered, but also not under powered by any means, it is a great bike for beginners and professionals alike. In case some new rider is not comfortable with the throttle response, and the engine is in danger of stalling, the SV650’s built in anti-stalling system will kick in defensively, and amp up the engine to just enough power to keep it from stalling. The same system also protects newbies from turning up the throttle and launching themselves into the air as they start the bike.
What is new in the 2017 model
Sporting a brand new tubular steel chassis that is both rigid and lightweight, the 2017 edition is a full 15 lbs lighter than the 2016 edition, Suzuki also refined the emission O2 feedback sensor, resulting in better emission control. The anti stalling system is a new feature and the front seat has been slightly lowered, while also giving the area around the tank a slimmer profile to allow riders to set their foot on ground more easily at stops. The bike has a fully naked body now, giving it an untamed, lean, and muscular look. There is a brand new braking system as well as modified shock absorbers on both the rear and front to improve street handling and overall ride performance.
Engine and specifications
The SV650 is powered by a 4-stroke V-twin DOHC engine, with twin spark plugs in each cylinder. Engine displacement is 645cc and it generates a maximum of 70 hp at 9000 rpm. The engine is fuel injected, and Suzuki have also installed a brand new oil cooling unit. Also, the transmission in the SV650 is a redesigned 6-speed,constant mesh transmission with carefully selected gear ratios to deliver amazing performance at street level speeds, while also offering the riders high octane performance whenever they chooses to throttle back on the freeways. It cranks out a maximum 67 lb/ft of torque at 7200 rpm and can go from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Although not confirmed by Suzuki, users say it has a top speed of around 130-135 mph. The bike also has an ABS model, which costs slightly more than the base version.
For the SV650, the base price is $6,999 and for the SV650 ABS, it is $7499. The bike has been released earlier this year as an early-release 2017 model and while Americans can choose between the non-ABS and ABS versions, in Europe the ABS option is mandatory.