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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Suzuki SV1000 is a purpose built big capacity, sensibly priced, road going sporty V-twin. Ok, the engine’s nicked from Suzuki’s old TL1000S but the rest of the SV1000 is all-new yet the price tag is very reasonable new or used. The faired Suzuki SV1000 ‘S’ version has lower bars but is the better all-rounder. The unfaired SV1000 with higher bars is a real funster if less competent on the motorway.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki SV1000's big V-twin produced over 120bhp at the rear wheel when it first appeared in the TL1000S. Unfortunately the bike had handling ‘issues’ and Suzuki tamed it to little over 100bhp. Claimed power for the Suzuki SV1000 is 118bhp, actual figure is about 106 which is enough thanks to loads of torque – but an exhaust system and power commanded will release more if required from the SV1000.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki SV1000's chunky aluminium frame with conventional suspension and it works better than the TL1000S ever did. The SV1000's suspension’s not quite as good as pure sports bikes but it’s fine for most people. If you do lots of track days and fancy aftermarket shock and fork re-build will enable you to flick from peg to peg in an instant with no grief. Brakes on the Suzuki SV1000 are strong but work best with fresh fluid.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Comfortable over distance but the Suzuki SV1000's seat doesn’t suit everyone. Reasonable if not brilliant pillion seat. Clocks are fairly comprehensive. The Suzuki SV1000's headlights are better than most bikes which is a bonus. Mirrors are acceptable and under seat storage is above average. Steering damper fitted as standard. Additional fairing side panels can ruin the lines of the Suzuki SV1000 and make the engine run hot.

Suzuki SV1000 (2003-2007)

Detail Value
New price £6,049
Engine size 996 cc
Power 118 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Build quality seems to be a Suzuki problem lately and the SV1000 is no exception. Suzuki SV1000 owners report annoying problems, mainly corrosion and poor finish. Reliability problems are rarer with the SV1000, especially as owners tend to look after their bikes.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

New list price is reasonable for a Suzuki SV1000. But new motorcycles are sold at discounts for as little as £5000 for the faired SV1000 and a couple of hundred less unfaired. That makes the Suzuki SV1000 one of the biggest bargains out there. This keeps used values pretty low too. Even running costs and insurance aren’t too pricy for the SV1000. Find a Suzuki SV1000 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2003: Original Suzuki SV1000 and Suzuki SV1000S models launched.
2006: Suzuki SV1000 frames now black not silver.

Other Versions

Suzuki SV1000SZ: Special edition with full fairing, multi-colour paint, black frame, crash bungs and slightly more power.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Max power 118 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 996 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Cast aluminium lattice
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake Twin 310mm discs
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(15 reviews)

  • First Impressions

    garryd

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just bought a new SV1000S Black with polished rims and Yoshi pipes. Had my first good ride and found the suspension not to my liking. I found it to be too hard in the rear and to soft in the front. Bike now feels much better balanced. I would suggest owners get there ride height sorted to get the best from this bike as it only needs minor changes to satisfy most riders. Strengths: Excellent Engine. Just add good pipes and a good Air Filter (K&N?). Weaknesses: At this point I would think suspension needs some sorting but hopefully without replacing anything expensive.

    11 September 2006

  • SV1000S in Copper, R&G crash bungs, Leo Vince cans, Suzuki double bubble screen

    DebaserNI

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I wanted to get away from peaky 4 cylinder bikes and was completely hooked after a test ride at my local dealer. I have my bike nearly 2 years now and have been hugely impressed so far, bearing in mind the (relatively!!) low purchase price. The grunt is fantastic and means I can just wind it on and concentrate on the corners while my mates are dancing on their gearboxes! Having said that, it takes a fair bit of hustling to get it round a corner, but I havent adjusted the suspension at all; some people reckon they are very hard from stock. Strengths: Tremendous surge of torque, pretty high revving for a twin, sound from Leo Vince cans (actually bordering on offensive!) Great gearbox (typical Suzuki). Weaknesses: Bum numbing seat, popping and banging from aftermarket cans on the over-run, woeful view from mirrors, suspect finish in some areas (typical Suzuki again!).

    04 August 2006

  • SV100SZ - The mutts nuts

    parmstrong

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my SV last november when the 0% finance deal was on for £6050, a saving of £450. Group 15 insurance, £1 deposit, £170 month for a blazing missile. Not Bad!!! I've never ridden a "Superbike" so can't be completely sure about "Superbike Performance" but as far as I can tell when blasting along with other bikes the SV can handle itself fine. Lets face it, if 170ish mph isn't quick enough for you (get a ZX1400RRRRRRRRR or become a jet fighter pilot) nothings ever gonna be. Strengths: That unbelievable engine thumping away, its comfy (for a 6ft 3 fatty), handles everything I can throw at it, and its just looks so f-----g good. Weaknesses: I dont know yet, but I'm sure the finish is probably gonna fall short, but hey it's a Suzuki. When it starts to go I'll just trade it in (and probably get another SV).

    13 January 2006

  • What a hoot, fantastic bike, sounds great, something a little different and doesn't cost the earth.

    ryderad

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my silver SV1000 in April 05, it was pre - registered in Nov 2004 on a 54 plate and is a 2003 model with 0 miles on the clock. I've done 5500 miles on it. The only problem I've had is following a session on the Dyno when 30 mins later (Luckily @ home) it would not start. It turned out that the "Back Torque Plate" (slipper clutch of a kind)had gone, it was repaired FOC under warranty although the bike was off the road 4 weeks. I've fitted a TRE (strongly recommended) as the bike is a little lumpy at the bottom end, a set of BOS race cans (sounds awesome)and a Tail tidy - to get rid of the 4 1/2 acres of plastic there is around the rear end! Strengths: Very easy to ride (especially after fitting the TRE). As I have said it sounds fantastic and I'm sure could pull a caravan. Digital speedo nice and easy to read even at 150!
    Weaknesses: Fuel range is not brilliant, I get between 90 - 100 miles on a tank if I'm on A/B roads and around 120 on motorway sticking to the speed limit. There is no fuel guage or reserve tap, just a yellow warning light when you hit 1 gallon left (I think), a little disconcerting initially but you soon get used to it.

    09 January 2006

  • Good all round bike, but with flaws.

    JIMLARCH

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I sold a K3 1000 and bought the SV, as I thought it was time to slow down a bit. That was not the case. Found the twin was revvy and I ended up riding it just as hard. It felt slow at first, v-twins give that impression, but after a while I realised it had some zip. Missed the top end of the gixxer. I would love one as a second bike, but as a first bike I found it wanting and got rid of it, bought a k5 1000. Strengths: Deceptively fast. Weaknesses: Knotchy transmission. Gearing needs work. Lacks, contrary to what everyone has told me, grunt at the low end. Needs to be revved. Noisy engine, knocks, rattles and bangs. Surges on part throttle at lower speeds. Needs some improvement. The seat is very umcomfortable after a short distance, too soft. Pegs seem too far back, and down.

    29 October 2005

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zepmon

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sv1000s 2003

ive had the sv1000s for 2 and a half years now, at first i hated it, but after pissing about with it to get rid of the things i didnt like i now love it! Its a very easy bike to mod on the cheap by doing simple things like going up 2 teeth on the rear sprocket and fitting a tre. It was very soft on the front untill i set it up right, and now its very stable at high speeds (if you hang off like me) and stops very well but not great if going from a more modern bike with radial brakes. This is an easy fix tho as the k1 k2 gsxr1000 front calipers (6pot) bolt straight on. The gering is well worth doing as it is geard far too tall as standerd. Taking the snorkel off the air box is a must and lifting the front of the tank 16mm with spacers (adds 5bhp tested on a dyno). Another easy and very cheap mod is fitting a TLR gear arm as its shorter and makes for smoother shifts. Finish is a bit crap on the engine paint if not kept clean. In all it is what you make it, good as it is if you are a bit slow and steady but if you want more its very easy and cheap to get, and the community is great for help with mods and getting parts.

Good cheap bike that with a bit of a push will go like stink! i smoked loads of "faster" stuff on the sv and have grown so fond of it that i am never going to sell it! i just keep finding things to do to it to make it better!! the motor is great when let loose!! TRY ONE! THEY ARE CHEAP AS CHIPS!

24 April 2013 20:19

YorkshireBob1979

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Is the SV 1000s for me?

Hi there,

I had a GSF 600 Bandit for my first bike and found it too keen, too revy if you like, I sold it to move house and now i'm looking at the SV, I always fancied an SV 650 but after working in an american motorcyle shop and riding the naked gixxer for a while I feel that the SV1000s would be a good move.

I'm no speed freak, I just love the character and sound of the twin. I'm quite happy to admit i'm a fair-weather rider, but i'm still not sure it's maybe a touch to big of a jump from 600cc loony bike to 1000cc beast?

I've ridden bikes from an early age, had a time out, came back did the old direct access, bought a bandit, rode lots of american muscle and here I am, 32 and a dilemma.

Any help and advice will be greatfully recieved.

Cheers! 

21 September 2011 23:32

davepreston

daveprestonsays

sv1000sz

after a chat with suzuki uk i found out that their were 310 made and sold for the uk market, making it a nice rare bike, but with this it means if you bin it dont be expecting to find those lovely panels coming up on ebay for cheap, also that suzuki were kind enough to put a few more horses as standard thru the engine of the sz

dont listen to any complains about build quality mines been used rain or shine and with just basic maintance still looks and go's wonderfully

25 August 2010 00:18

LukeZX6

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SV1000S K3

Moved up to this from a ZX6R and was really suprised, handles really well, brakes are good, really torquey and a respectable top end. Was considering going for the 650 as I heard they have enough power as it is, but in my opinion it just isn't worth it, the extra you pay on the insurance doesn't even come close to the difference in bikes!

13 March 2010 23:25

mender

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Went touring on mine

After much consideration I planned a route and headed East  via Portsmouth - Le Havre, through France, Germany, Austria visiting Vienna, into Slovakia to see Bratislava then on to Hungary. A day in Budapest then past Lake Balaton (building the new Balaton ring circuit) and into Slovenia and Italy throught the Alps and back via Strasbourg then the Dieppe - Newhaven ferry. 2712 miles in 12 days. My SV1000K3 never missed a beat, returned about 45 - 50 to the gallon and cruised along at a steady 95mph(I have a small flyscreen fitted). I've had it a year now and am thoroughly pleased with it, Art cans make a lovely sound which I have to say is probably the bit which pleases me most!!. I have a Scottoiler fitted whch meant the chain needed no adjustment. Being able to change the speedo to KPH was also a bonus. The only thing I would change;- next time I will invest in a Satnav!  A great bike and mucho fun.

   

03 June 2009 15:39

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