SUZUKI SV650 (2016-on) Review

Published: 04 March 2016

Suzuki go back to what the SV did best

SUZUKI SV650  (2016-on)

Suzuki go back to what the SV did best

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The reworked SV is a fun little bike that will appeal to new riders and give older ones a thrill too. It’s more refined than the outgoing Gladius, has impressive new features and will also undercut its main rivals on price. The only question mark hangs over its anonymous styling.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The non-adjustable forks are never going to be the most compliant, but they’re effective and don’t dive at the first sign of weight transfer under braking. The shock has seven-step preload adjustment and it coped well with our tester's 14.5-stone frame throughout a challenging launch ride. The suspension is basic and effective for the budget price, but it will be one of the areas for attention for more demanding riders.

Engine 4 out of 5

The SV gets into its stride at 6000rpm and charges on to around 9000rpm before the rev limiter kicks in somewhere north of 10,000rpm. Torque stays the same as the old bike at 47ftlb, but it’s now strongest at 8100rpm rather than 6400rpm. For more experienced riders, the new tune makes for a more rewarding ride. Whether newer riders will feel the same about the more demanding power delivery remains to be seen.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The SV engine has been around for 16 years and there are plenty of long-in-the-tooth examples bearing testament to tip-top reliability. The chances of the new tune making the bike less reliable are very slim indeed.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The new SV650 has a massive heritage a heap of helpful aids for new riders, is more economical and comes with ABS as standard. To get a Yamaha MT-07 or Kawasaki ER-6n for less than the SV you'll have to forego ABS.

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

A new Low RPM mode makes pulling away and low-speed riding easy, ABS is standard and the new dash includes helpful info like fuel range and current/average fuel economy. Suspension and brakes are competent without shining, but are good when taken in context with the rest of the class.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their SUZUKI SV650 (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great mid sized bike

09 June 2016 by Bike mike

Best features are -easy to use. Vg motor for beginner or experienced rider. Vg handling user friendly braking (not too fierce) Has ABS. VG for shorter person.Not intimidating but plenty of power for enthusiastic riding. Seat is a bit loose at the... Read more back.Excellent position for commuting and riding twisties. Seat a bit low for anyone over 5ft 10'' approx. Suzuki need to have an alternative seat for taller riders with 40mm more padding.Very narrow tank and seat so rider can tuck in makes it easy to swing thru bends. Comfy upright position places little pressure on wrists and hands. Would be great for a girl or short male. Good 2nd bike once you have learnt the basics.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Nice all round bike for long commuting ,weekend warrior or with a carrier and small fly screen a trip.Rear of seat a bit wobbly for a pillion.Brake reach adjustable. ABS means a beginner rider cannot over brake and get into a skid.Im going to get about an inch more padding added to the seat (5ft 9")
Engine
5 out of 5
Very smooth linear power -vg power after 6000 rpm .Not a super bike but good usable power -even in the wet when super bikes are a hand full.VERY hard (impossible? ) to stall.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Too early to really tell really but these bikes have 17 years of development and previous models are bullet proof.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Too early to tell but previous models were cheap to own
Equipment
4 out of 5
Tyres seem fine but v few km yet.Instruments easier to read than on an MT07 I tried. Both bikes need a small fly screen for sustained hi speed riding.
Buying experience

Has all the essentials .Front suspension is not adjustable but doesnt need to be changed. Rear can be adjusted for your weight.Tried out an Yamaha MT 07 but the SV is a bit cheaper and a much better bike all round. Engine of SV (smoothness) is MUCH better. MT-07 has a strong mid range but gets quite harsh about 6-7000rpm. In my experience Suzuki dealers cant be beaten for good service (owned more than 20).

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £5,599
Used price £4,000 to £6,400
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 47 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Tank range 149 miles
Specification
Engine size 645cc
Engine type 8V DOHC V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 13.8 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 197kg
Front suspension 41mm telescopic forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Monoshock, 7-way preload adjuster
Front brake 2 x 290mm disc, twin-pot calipers, ABS
Rear brake 1 x 240mm disc, one-pot caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre size 160/60 ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

1999
Suzuki SV650 launched alongside half-faired SV650S.

2003
Both the naked and bigger-selling S model are given more angular styling and fuel-injection.

2009
The naked and half-faired bike diverge as the curvy-styled Gladius takes over from the naked SV while the S continues unchanged.

2016
Suzuki ditches the Gladius, bringing back the SV650 name in a Euro4-compliant package that looks more traditional.

Other versions

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