Suzuki have managed to underwhelm spectacularly with their new 2018 machines – well, machine. With the attractive, but hardly ground-breaking, SV650X being the only bike announced for the new year by the Japanese manufacturer.
After the flurry of activity that saw lots of new models for 2017, it seems that Suzuki have taken the year off.
Touted as a café racer, it’s fundamentally identical to the current SV650 roadster, with the exception of a couple of styling tweaks that see it receive a slotted headlamp cowl which flows in to the new side panels that in turn flow back to the tank carried over from the roadster. The tail unit remains unchanged, while the tuck-and-roll seat is a new addition, and has a modicum of 70’s charm about it.
It looks great, while retaining the affordability of the SV name. Priced at £5999, the SV650X will be competing with heritage models such as Yamaha’s impressive XSR700 and Triumph’s Street Twin while being considerably cheaper than both. Making it a tempting prospect for anybody in the market for a great looking modern retro at a modest price.
There is only one engineering upgrade, which sees the previously non-adjustable fork gain preload adjustment. This new feature will actually roll over to the naked for 2018, too – and is a welcome addition for those wanting to ride a little harder thanks to the canted forward riding position created by the café seat and new clip-ons.
The rider and pillion footrests have been treated to a coat of black paint, and the decals on the tank are different. The cheeky little foglights are actually an optional extra, while there’s just one paintjob for the X model – making it unmistakably distinctive in classy black and silver with a red pinstripe. Unbelievably, that’s it for 2018 from Suzuki.
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