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SUZUKI SV650 (1999-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

Middleweight V-twin all-rounder which proves you don't have to be boring to be practical

Suzuki SV650/S motorcycle review - Riding

Middleweight V-twin all-rounder which proves you don't have to be boring to be practical

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Suzuki SV650 is a straightforward middleweight V-twin all-rounder which proved you don’t have to be boring to be practical.

The bike came in two versions, half-faired and naked, but was commonly modded with extra fairings or a belly pan.

The SV650 is versatile, affordable, a doddle to ride (making it popular with inexperienced riders) and yet is a hoot to muck about on - or even to race. Every rider will find something they love about the SV650, and with used prices where they are, they're an absolute bargain.

During its run, The SV650 took on competition from the more expensive Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and the incredibly dull Honda CBF600 and more than held its own.  

MCN marked the 10th anniversary of the SV650 with this video...

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The SV650’s ride is even better than the engine. Forget fancy cycle parts like adjustable suspension or riding modes, instead the Suzuki SV650 has a super-light feel, accurate steering and assured suspension and brakes.

Tour by all means, the slightly relaxed riding position and plush ride make it a great option for a longer trip, but the Suzuki SV650 revels in thrashing through the twisties, too. Six-footers may find an SV650 a little cramped.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Suzuki SV650's liquid-cooled DOHC unit is incredibly smooth and eager compared to other V-twins of the time like the Ducati Monster 620 which is made to seem crude and impotent.

The Suzuki SV650 is flexible and predictable, has a thrilling zest for revs and yet is completely reliable, too. It's more than comfortable cruising at motorway speeds. 

What’s more, the gearchange is typically Suzuki slick and the clutch is light and easy. The SV650 has an all-round great engine that even today isn't outdated.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The build quality of the Suzuki SV650 is fair but expect some corrosion and furring of alloy surfaces if you ride through winter.

Reliability is good thanks to the SV650's fuss-free chassis and a fairly routine but gloriously under-stressed engine. You can find used models with extremely high mileage so if you look after them they run and run.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

A budget initial price coupled with low running costs and cheap insurance made the Suzuki SV650 a top-value package. On the used market, early ‘jellymould’ models with a rounded finish to the panels are starting to creep close to £1000, while later ‘pointy’ models are closer to £3000.

There are always plenty on the market so be patient and wait for the right one.

Cheaper bikes of the time couldn't match the SV650's build quality or fun factor and it remains a stylish and classy buy despite its increasing age.

Find Suzuki SV650 models available at MCN Bikes for Sale.

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 5

The budget original price of the Suzuki SV650 meant that it is decidedly lacking in equipment and tech. It has everything you need but there aren't any frills or tech to get excited about.

The original model has all-analogue dials but later models switched to a digital speedo.

There’s plenty on the used market with extras like heated grips added, but the fact the original was so simple has probably helped its longevity.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued -
New price £4,975
Used price £1,800 to £6,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £160
Performance
Max power 69 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Top speed 123 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 645cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 169kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 290mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Suzuki launched the original ‘jellymould’-styled half-faired Suzuki SV650S in 1999. It was revamped in 2003 with angular styling, a lighter die-cast frame, revised clocks and lights and a fuel injection system in place of twin carbs.

Euro 3 meant that a catalytic converter was added to the bike in 2004 and then in 2005 the frame and swingarm was finished in black instead of silver.

Other versions

The naked version of the SV650 has slightly higher bars and lacks the half-fairing of the ‘S’ model. These tend to be slightly cheaper on the used market.

Suzuki dropped the faired version of the bike in 2016 and added the SV650X, a retro café racer inspired version in 2018.

Owners' Reviews

82 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI SV650 (1999-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.

Review your SUZUKI SV650 (1999-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
5 out of 5

6 years later on my SV650

02 November 2018 by Richard M

Very reliable, simple, cheap to run and more to the point fun enough to keep you interested. I have had mine 6 years and probably will have it for years to come.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The brakes are fine, even with standard brake hoses they feel solid enough (maybe not for track use?) - I did upgrade the front pads with sintered hh. People complain about stock suspension but I find it adequate.
Engine
4 out of 5
The engine is great, the power output, torque is fun. The bike is a little "jumpy" at speeds below about 25 mph due to the torque and the on/off feel of the throttle at low speeds. Mine also burns a bit of oil, always has done, and I believe is common, so you do need to keep an eye on the oil level.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
5 out of 5 on reliability, after 6 years nothing has broken or failed. The let down is that is is prone to corrosion. This isn't a problem if you are a summer rider and keep it clean, for winter commuting you really have to keep on top of it, regular cleaning and use of corrosion protection is essential. You have to be really vigilant. That being said my 15 year old bike looks almost as good as new.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
SV650 excels in this category, due to it being naked, easy access to oil filters, well everything really - it is very easy to service, even sprocket/chains/brakes all easy for all but the complete novice. Given the faultless reliability (I have had) there are no real repair costs. The insurance costs are cheap. Vavles were checked for the first time at 32k - not even slightly out. Only marked down a point that being a torquey V-Twin is does eat rear tires, and chains and sprockets faster then a similar powered in-line 4. This obviously depends on how you crank the throttle, but lets face it, you probably will.
Equipment
2 out of 5
As other reviews say, its basic. The 2003 does have a temp gauge. No fuel gauge, no gear indicator. The digital speedo and analogue tacho are nice though.
5 out of 5

Sharp puller, reliable machine

01 June 2018 by Nick650s

Amazing first big bike, best feature is its naughty secretive torque. Bad point is suspension. It's not terrible and fulfils needs of everyday riding however if you want to get your knee down you really feel it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Bike likes to cruise on the motorway, however doesn't lag around the bends. Try to avoid prolonged city riding, as the V-Twin engine setup means the rear cylinder doesn't get much air to it and overheats relatively quick. Not great for pillions, the unforgiving engine braking means a jerky ride and head banging with inexperienced pillions. Easy to control but means you have to work a bit harder with a pillion on the back.
Engine
5 out of 5
Beautiful engine. Lots of torque and power. Top speed is not amazing but nothing to laugh at. The engine braking can get tiring for some however I love it.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Suzuki never fail to produce quality bikes. As this comes out the factory naked, expect rust and corrosion in the usual places, headers, underside, forks etc. Has a few common issues like the SV 325 problem where the front cylinder gets water in the spark plug port giving you and engine firing on 1 cylinder only. Change the oil regularly and the engine will keep going and going.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Depends how much you want to do to your bike. Main thing is keeping the oil level good. A basic service oil & air filter, spark plugs, coolant and brake fluid & pads will cost you about £100 and wont take more than 3 hours. Very easy bike to work on. £15 will get you 140 miles.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Favorite feature is the dealer mode meaning issues are easy to resolve as fault codes are displayed on the dash. Recommend the aftermarket fairings and a tail tidy to really smarten up the bike. The exhaust is hideous cosmetically and audio wise. Needs changing asap.
Buying experience

Private sale, paid £1200 with 2 bald tyres and a braking issue. New tyres and caliper rebuild set me back £200.

5 out of 5

09 December 2017 by Graeme

Every good bike has a Unique Selling Point - the SV650's is 'jack of all trades, master of none'- but in a good way. There are better machines for distance but it does it well, there are better weekend thrashers but it does it well, there are better commuters but it does it well. They even say they can make good track-day bikes but I don't know anything about that. Great engine, ABS, very good dash, rapid acceleration up to the speed limit. Good fuel efficiency, surprisingly decent suspension, still 100% made in japan, lovely sound.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Handling & stability is great, suspension is good for budget. People criticise the brakes for being wooden but I've no problem with them - pull gently, stop gently, pull hard, stop hard. ABS as standard is very reassuring & I've only triggered it once on road but was glad it was there on that occasion. If there's 1 criticism, the steering lock (turning circle) is a bit disappointing - but I'm mainly comparing this to my old 125, which is perhaps unfair.
Engine
5 out of 5
A classic engine, with all the best stuff in the keeping-your-license range, bulletproof, proven & purring. Happy off the line, happy cruising at speed. The only reason you wouldn't like this engine is if you are just not interested in this class of bike ie if you are looking for a 100+ bhp bike or a grunty off-road single cylinder enduro.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
At 5500 miles/ months, it's a little early to tell. Everything feels very well made & robust, no corrosion in the early part of it's 1st winter but has yet to come up against heavy salt. I've had ACF50 winter treatment, would recommend for any bike from any manufacturer. The engine design is 19 years old, proven beyond any doubt & is not going to be a problem.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
3 Year warranty, I'm averaging 61/62 mpg across all types of riding - long motorway runs, stop start London commutes, weekend blasts in the countryside. You WILL get this cheaper than the MT-07 or Z650, especially as Suzuki dealers are generally more open to bargaining. And you will PROBABLY pay less insurance. Despite this, it's 100% the equal of these (also brilliant) machines.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Great dash, lots of info, easy to read. Good, non-intrusive ABS as standard. that's all you would expect in a bike of this class & price but it's well-executed. Stock seat is bastard hard & uncomfortable over the 1.5 hrs mark. £175 'sports tuck roll' official seat is noticeably better but really just brings it up to average.
Buying experience

Bought from A&M Motorcycles Ltd - the official Suzuki dealer in Letchworth - friendly, helpful, no hard sell, got a good deal. I would recommend anyone in the area interested in a Suzuki model to pop in.

5 out of 5

Very good basic bike

07 August 2017 by Mike66

This is my first bike since a 1965 Norton 650SS which I unfortunately wrecked in 1970. It is exactly the same weight (rather heavy) and height (good as short) as that bike. It is the same kind of basic naked bike with some pretensions to having a tight chassis that can get round bends well. Other than that the engine is way smoother and has half as much power again and you get decent information, electrics, wing mirrors, indicators etc. And it doesn't leak oil. As they say, its a bit anonymous. But it is pretty good.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The suspension seems rather firm under my 67 kg. I agree with all the reviews about ease of use and general rideability. It is stable and easy to steer. At the Bike mag track day at Rockingham the bike was not disgraced and I was definitely the limiting factor in most circumstances. I did not feel any less confidence in it than when I rode a CB600RR at the Ron Haslam school. Despite negative reviews, I don't find the seat uncomfortable now I have got used to it. Wouldn't plan to change it. At first I found it quite easy to provoke the ABS on the back brake. Front brakes need quite a lot of effort but are correspondingly safe and will stop the bike quite fast. It is reasonable to do 100 miles or 2 hours between breaks.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is comfortable above 2000 rpm and produces increasing torque from 3000. It is always quite smooth and willing. Never having ridden anything much more grunty , it feels very strong to me. The gears are a bit clonky when changed at low revs but quick and silent when cracking on. Listening to other bikes, I'm hearing that this is pretty much par for modern bikes. The sound is beguiling. I would agree with the Ride review where they noted a subtle snarl. Being an old geezer I'm generally quite happy that the sound is muted and inconspicuous like the styling. At first I thought it was a bit jerky at low speeds But I now think that the strong engine breaking just exaggerates any unnecessary throttle movements and that there is nothing wrong.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I'm going to assume that the review comments by Bike/MCN are correct so it would corrode if you didn't take steps. I have painted mine over with ACF50. I'm pretty fair weather but I have been out on salted roads. I have not seen any problems so far. Nothing has gone wrong although there was a recall to correct a control unit problem. I have done about 8000 miles and passed the first service. The build quality seems OK but not sumptuous in any way.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Contrary to the information in the Bike/MCN long term review, the service interval seems to be 7500 miles/ 1 year. The manual is a bit confusing because they also state 4000 miles for some parts of the world. My dealer is sure that the longer distance is correct. The service costs at my dealer would be £200 and £360 in alternate years. The big deal is the very low fuel consumption. Over 7000 miles, I have just under 70 mpg overall. The range is 63 mpg to 75 mpg in road use. I pretty much stick to legal limits but I do not think I dawdle much. The engine is comfortable anywhere above 2000 rpm and I generally prefer to use low revs when not in a hurry. That may help. This includes some motorway at 70mph when it does about 63 according to the meter. The metered average fuel consumption is typically about 1 mpg less than actual. I recently did a track day and the consumption on the meter was 46 by the end of the day.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The display is excellent. I really like the trip A and B mile meters and associated metered fuel consumption. Mirrors are good and as it doesn't vibrate you get a clear view. I wore out the original Dunlops in 5800 miles. I was not anxious about them although reviews indicate that they may not be best. I have now fitted Continental SportAttack 3 which is pretty deluxe for this bike. They seem good but I wouldn't want to claim anything dramatic for them yet. I use a Givi tank bag and Oxford TSR25 tail pack and these are good for general use and minimal touring.
Buying experience

£5499 asked and paid. Suzuki dealer.

5 out of 5

Sv 650 AL7

14 June 2017 by Neil Craddock

Best entry level machine, standard tyres leave a lot too be desired, but when dry and warm no problem. Ive done 9000 miles in 9 months from new....cost 550 in 3 services....it's only had new rear pads and plugs.....excellent for filtering (commuting), I said at the beginning it's a great entry level bike...but between me an you....nothing can touch this bike in traffic as it's small an light with plenty of power for getting out of any tight situation!!!! Drag raced a BMW 1000rr an kept with till 80 (er I mean 70 officer)

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Brakes aren't very good if I'm honest.... I've heard that pad upgrades can really improve them but I'm still on the first set on the front and went like for like on the rear
Engine
4 out of 5
Good feisty motor....this was my first big bike and expected it to be more scarey than it was....really smooth power and still playfully at low revs, even tho it's at its best in the mid to high rpms Kind of helps you get used to get confident easily
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Never not started....every 5-6 days for last nine months....all weathers!!!! Literally :(
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Every 4000 miles or 12 months...which every first
Equipment
5 out of 5
Gear indicator, anti stall, although gets a bit tedious after a while an it sort of just tells you off for being lazy with the clutch at the lights by revving up on you And abs...must admit I'm not a fan of this technology....but it does work well I suppose...first sign of skitching moon the back an you feel it under you foot that's for sure!!
Buying experience

Cant complain really...nice bike, fun an easy to ride, cheap to run, insure, maintain...reliable

5 out of 5

Punchy Little V=Twin

12 April 2017 by Richard

Brilliant little v-twin. Torquey, agile, cheap to run & insure. Reliable. Good for shorter leg riders & less confident riders.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are not the sharpest but what do you expect from an older SV650? Suspension is a little soft but nothing to worry about.
Engine
5 out of 5
This is the first vtwin I've owned & I'm hooked forever. Power & torque all the way through the rev range, punchy but lightweight in traffic & excellent acceleration.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Although my bike is a 2001 & I bought it secondhand, it's still as good as new & running sweetly. The only major thing I've had to do is replace the battery.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Tyres are cheap & widely available for this bike. Aftermarket parts & spares are readily available. As long as you take care of it, it'll keep on going.
Equipment
3 out of 5
You get a fuel warning light & a trip meter. Not much else, but I've put a clock & thermometer on my handlebars.
Buying experience

Bought mine used from a dealer in Jan 2017.

4 out of 5

Not bad at all.

16 March 2017 by Bobbydigital

Fun bike, good engine but let down by suspension and brakes. Good starting bike for people venturing into the world of motorcycles and want something serious, could have been more if Suzuki put in some effort.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
This is where the sv650 looses points. The front suspension kangaroos and is too soft, there no refinement or sophistication, the brakes work well for 30mph roads, at 70mph, not so much and they're pretty must the most basic budget caliper I've seen on a Japanese motorcycle on its era. So many people upgraded to gsxr forks and brakes, myself included, yet Suzuki didn't take the hint, shame. I feel if Suzuki had spent some love on the sv650 you'd have a rival for the likes of the mt07. It's quite narrow so good for filtering and isn't too aggressively with the seating position but does have quite the limited steering lock angle.
Engine
5 out of 5
I like the little 650 lump, as expected it has good bottom end and mid range grunt, the engine braking is also pretty strong and everything seems tight and solid. I saw an indicated 147mph on the Speedo so the 70bhp with some aerodynamic does have a respectable top speed, probably more like 135mph GPS. Bullet proof engine as well but I'd pick a 2007 upward as they have the twin spark plug upgrade which improves efficiency. I found it quite thirsty and it felt like I didn't get far to a tank, yet some people claim they get 70mpg.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
For what is somewhat of a budget bike, the build quality is very good and these bikes are well known for their reliability. I had an alarm on mine, my neighbours cat kept sitting on the bike, which set off the alarm and killed the battery, yet some how it would always fire up first time, it never let me down, ever.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Just the basics, like any Japanese motorcycle really, some oil, filters and the odd plugs every so often.
Equipment
4 out of 5
It's a budget bike, nothing special in terms of equipment but a fuel gauge would have been nice, more so as it's called as a sports tourer and you'd want to know what's left in the tank if you were actually touring on it. I'd recommend doing the fork upgrade if you like the bike that much, i had k1 gsxr 1000 forks with tl1000 clip one, it retains the steering lock and you get no issues when turning the bars full lock. Other than that, I'd look at saving weight, it's quite heavy at 197kg (I think) for it's 69 claimed bhp.
Buying experience

Private, 1900 pounds back in 2013, 12k on the clocks, sold it a year after for 1800 pounds with 17k miles.

4 out of 5

Great bike, excellent allrounder

04 March 2017 by MetroCommuter

Great bike with only a few areas that show compromise

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Bit soft, both brakes and susp. But more than adequate.
Engine
5 out of 5
Sounds great, great flat torque, brilliant engine braking
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Reliability is great. Few signs of being built to the excellent price.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Simple and so cheap to service
Equipment
5 out of 5
For the $$ awesome
5 out of 5

Great newbie bike

27 January 2017 by PacMan

This bike seems to suit me perfectly as a relative newbie. The power is great without being scary. It pulls hard through the gears and the low-speed assist is a real boon. The only down side is the hard seat. Fine for journey's up to an hour but you get a numb rear on any trip longer.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are fine but need a fairly firm pull. ABS is unintrusive. Ride quality is compliant for every day use. I suspect it wouldn't be quite up to the mark if you were a track-day freak (but if you were, you probably wouldn't buy this bike!).
Engine
4 out of 5
Sounds great - even better if you replace the can with an after-market one. I'd recommend the Scorpion Serket Taper.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Feels solid as a rock.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
£10 to fill up from empty. It averages over 60mpg unless you're thrashing it.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Everything you need except heated grips - an easy fit. Has dual range, average & instant fuel economy, rev counter & gear indicator. Screen can be varied through 6 levels of brightness & is easy to read in bright sunshine.
Buying experience

Brilliant service from A&M Motorcycles in Letchworth.

4 out of 5

01 October 2016 by Snowdonia Rider

Handles well, pulls in any part of the rev range, sounds great (aftermarket exhaust on mine). Biggest let down is the very disappointing tank range.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
It's not bad for a sporty position, there is worse. I'm 6' and stock screen is useless. Seat is OK. Unless you're a track god the suspension is fine for the road. Brakes are OK too, not the worst but not the best either..
Engine
5 out of 5
Best thing about the bike! It pulls anywhere in the rev range. A Beowulf exhaust is fitted to mine (purchased like that) and it sounds brilliant, I never get bored of it. Pulls from 39mph in 6th just fine. Very smooth for a V Twin too.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Usual corrosion spots for bikes, front of fork legs and engine casings. No breakdowns or failures in the time I've owned it.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Super cheap to service, couple of plugs, oil and filter, air filter. Easily done at home, no problems accessing oil filter. Disappointing fuel consumption but there are worse I suppose.
Equipment
3 out of 5
No fuel gauge which is a shame as the tank range is poor. Does have a clock though which is handy.
5 out of 5

Great first bigbike

31 August 2016 by Chris Aslin

Great handling. Great price. Lighter than Honda CB650F but no real difference between the two for the price. Lovely bike

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I like a hard ride. I do not travel that far on a naked bike. Brakes seem good since picking up the bike. Seems slightly lighter than bikes in class and much more agile. Turns well and once my tyres and engine are run in then looking forward to fully opening up
Engine
5 out of 5
Plenty of umph. Pulls well and great for new to class riders. Raw in the first gears but lovely purr and distinct gears to take you where you need to go
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
As good as any in the class. Ride is hard. Seat is ok, but may upgrade. Very pleased with my bike
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Good overall running cost
Equipment
4 out of 5
Options for the bike are good. Nice look. Dash is good and clear. Beautiful looking bike and one of the best in class and for the price cannot be beaten.
Buying experience

Dealer (Mission in Milton Keynes) are fantastic. Go there and get your bike.

3 out of 5

SV650S review

24 August 2016 by Bozzy

Good first big bike. The riding position is reasonably sporty without being too extreme. The engine is also predictable so won't surprise a novice as the revs rise. Drawbacks are poor steering lock at low speeds, weak brakes and budget suspension components.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
Comfortable enough at slow to medium speeds. Seems to untie itself a little as speed/commitment levels rise. Brakes are poor requiring a good squeeze to halt the bike quickly. Ideal for a novice though who might grab a fist full of front brake at the wrong time.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great engine. Loads of low down grunt and pulls keenly all the way to the red line. There are no sudden power spikes to catch a novice out. Also, the engine has a really nice sound to it.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Spark plugs needed changing after it started running on one cylinder. Turns out the front plug had seen better days and was corroded. Looks like there had been water ingress in the plug hole. There is a drainage hole that needs to be kept unblocked. A good squirt of maintenance spray usually does the trick.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Cheap if self serviced. Spark plugs £4 each. OEM air filters can be had for around £20. Oil and filters are cheap. It's an easy bike to spanner on, I would recommend doing things yourself if possible.
Equipment
2 out of 5
No fuel gauge. No gear indicator. Michelin Pilot Road 4 are good tyres to go with in the UK.
5 out of 5

Wow - what fun

09 June 2016 by Justin

Outstanding . Very little to fault except no grab bar for pillion.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Cannot fault this bike
Engine
5 out of 5
Superb pick up - the demo sold it
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Too early to tell - but looking good
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Being kind as running it in - but getting 74 mpg already
Equipment
5 out of 5
Couldn't ask for more
Buying experience

Great - nothing was too trouble

5 out of 5

The legendary SV 650 for everyday fun

21 May 2016 by JoeBarTeam

Very good street bike. It has enough power to keep up with the pack and doesn't need to be trashed to do so. There is a huge community supporting the SV since 1999, SV riders love their bikes for a reason.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Good enough brake but not as punchy as the ones on the GSXR. Very agile and nibble frame. A bit overweight by today's standard.
Engine
5 out of 5
75bhp is enough 99% of the time. the Torque is awesome!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Corrosion on the fork and weird noise from the engine are to be expected
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Very good on petrol
Equipment
5 out of 5
Lots extra available but the bike come almost naked
Buying experience

Private

5 out of 5

22 March 2016 by Ibrahim

Great bike that suits both beginners and experienced riders alike, shame about the slightly dodgy finish and appallingly weak horn

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Finish not great in places and having a kitten attached to the bike would make a louder sound than the horn. Clutch switch under the side stand prone to failing too.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Get a better horn and a rear mudguard and you'll be laughing. Diablos are a great tire set to have (being both grippy and not too expensive)
4 out of 5

SFV650 Gladius 2014

08 December 2015 by MAB

New rider on a new bike. For now, bike rides very well and is easy to take control of.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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Buying experience

Bought new at a dealer.

5 out of 5

Sv650 Bargin buy

05 December 2015 by cchapman

I Love the sv650 for how nimble and punchy they are. I use mine for commuting and touring. The bike is excels at town driving and filtering in tight spots.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Nimble......I love this bike for the twists and turns.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is solid and lots of low end power.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Parts are cheap and easy to get hold of. Two things to look out for is water getting into the front spark plug. The main build issue is the regulator failing. Happened to me twice in a year. I would take it out and fit a cbr1000 or gsx600 unit to resolve this problem.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I do most of my own servicing's and the cost hasn't been any different to any other bike.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I would recommend a Art can and pirelli diablo's (they only last 5 around 5000 miles but they are good in all weathers and compliment the great handling the SV has).
4 out of 5

Nice bike for my 1st big bike

27 October 2015 by Darth Coupar

Bike has a nice stance and looks really good when fully faired. I have a slightly lower seat on mine which means I know don't feel like I'm sitting 'on top' of the bike, like the standard seat did. Instead, I now feel more part of the bike. Biggest improvement I've made is to adjust the throttle position sensor so now the bike is a lot smoother and easier to control at low speed, less revving and clutch slipping which I found I needed to do because of the on/off nature of the factory set up. This also helped with the front soft suspension as the effect of the sudden 'off' engine braking made the bike dive, no matter what speed you were doing, but was worse in 1st and 2nd. The bike is light, turns in nicely and does feel nice when you are leaning quite far over. The standard can is also very quiet (and massive). I cut it down to 10 inches and kept the catalytic converter inside the can which means it smells a bit nicer than using a cheap aftermarket stubby can. If anything, I'd maybe like a slight bit more power. I did my training on a K8 Bandit which did feel quicker, but was also much heavier and way less fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
As others mention, front seems very soft, although once you get used to it and ride around it, it's no problem.
Engine
4 out of 5
Has a nice sound and pulls well through the revs. One thing you NEED to do is set up the throttle position sensor properly. This eliminates that stupid on/off sensation you get from the throttle at low revs and makes the bike much easier to control and ride at low speed.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Bike is 10 years old, so I do my own stuff. Changing oil and filter is easy, so is doing spark plugs and air filter. Even brake pads are cheap and easy. My total spend this year is just over £50. That's for oil and oil filter, Platinum NGK spark plugs, rear brake pads and brake fluid to change that.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Would like a proper fuel guage
5 out of 5

I Still own my Suzuki SV650 2006 bought from new !

20 September 2015 by Sharon from Foxholes

I Love my Suzuki SV650, It is the perfect bike for me ! I am a short leg rider so I had the suspention lowered and my seat sculptured specially to suit me.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Seats are a bit hard when traveling long distance, Numb bum on long journeys ! But otherwise this is a nice bike to handle.
Engine
5 out of 5
Love the low engine rumble, Not too powerful and frightening when you first set off at speed. Picks up nice and gradual with its lovely thumping engine ! You feel like you are in total control.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Very reliable 100%, I am a very happy rider ! Bends round the corners lovely, feels like a nice light bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Very low running costs.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Optional fairings, belly pan, seat cowel, hugger etc to make your bike your own !
Buying experience

Bought from Suzuki Dealer at the standard price of a new bike but I got 2 years free services. A great selling option, I would trade my bike in for a new model if the same offer was on option, a great saving !

4 out of 5

Solid all rounder and easy on the wallet

05 September 2015 by JD

Great value motorcycle that can handle whatever you want to do with it. Commute, tour, race, ride for fun, this budget machine can do it all at low cost.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Budget suspension and brakes can be upgraded (at some cost) to match an otherwise competent chassis. The fully faired 'S' model is not very comfortable. If I get another it would be a 'naked' handlebar version.
Engine
4 out of 5
Great engine, nice fat wave of torque through the midrange makes the bike easy to ride and maintain good pace.
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Build quality 3 stars Reliability 4.5 stars
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Cheap to run and insure. Good mpg.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Basic, no fuel gauge, gear indicator or temp gauge.
4 out of 5

The Perfect Starter Road Bike

01 July 2015 by WoodmanSV

The SV650 (and 's') model represents a very good overall package for the new-to-big-bike-rider who also has a keen eye on not having too much to pay on insuring and running it. The 'SV is a piece of cake to work on with electrical elements being beyond basic mechanics. Its very adaptable and easy to use. One of the slickest gearboxes and fueling I've seen - especially on a v-twin. The main reason to take an SV over, say, a CBR600RR would be how much more of the bike you can use straight away - and build confidence.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Bit of a let down in this category - mainly being due to its budget nature. The Showa equipment does a good job so long as the rider is under 9 stone. As a roadster is fine for all, but as this is a "sport/tourer" the sport side is lacking due to soft springs and little but pre-load adjustment. Dropping the forks by 10mm on the front, and putting a Suzuki GSXR1000 (K5) shock in the back will dramatically change the dynamic of the bike - for the better. Progressive fork springs will finish it off for 80% of the riders out there.
Engine
5 out of 5
Best budget engine out there. Cant really say more. Gear-box is also slick as it can be, a bit of a triumph considering. Obviously peak power being at 72ish bhp isnt going to set any TT lap records but sometimes less is more, especially in this instance. If you want to learn how to really get the most from an engine before moving up to bigger bikes. this is where you start.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
After owning mine from new, the generic Suzuki problems start to shine through in terms of oxidization. Rust hits everything that's not plastic sadly - as it is a budget bike - but not much worse than other Suzuki sports bikes. I have had a litany of small issues on mine and it does knock confidence in the machine, but after 8 years, over a dozen trackdays, 2 trips to Germany and 30,000 on the clock, for a £4,499 (new) bike - it has done alright. Its not a Honda.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Cheap, very very cheerful and easy to live with with exception of major issues which are very infrequent. Sports exhaust, upgraded air filter and iridium spark plugs hardly dent its MPG, and I can manage a healthy 180 miles - two up - on a full tank, so I can imagine the advertised 45mpg is a heck of a lot off. Most parts come off with a socket set and a set of allen keys and only major services are worth taking it to a dealer. insurance is very cheap also being 11 of 17.
Equipment
4 out of 5
It would be 3/5 but mine was the "Sport" edition, which came with full fairing and seat cover for free which is fantastic. The suspension as mentioned lets the SV down, there's no fancy gadgetry either, just a simple, analogue bike. The seats are quite good for long distance as well in fairness.
Buying experience

Straight forward to buy from dealer and on 0% finance which is always nice, good ol' Suzuki.

1 out of 5

09 June 2015 by simon

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5 out of 5

It's whatever you want it to be

16 September 2014 by Anonymous

Forget the stock D220 tyres ,they almost had me a few times, doing unintentional donuts.This bike is great, it does whatever you want. Keeps up with a R6, until you hit 125 mph, then the engine gets a little bit breathless.Ok very breathless. But the absolute massive way it get up to that speed is great. Make no mistake, this wont have your head spinning or you feeling sick with fear after getting off. It is a bit more sensible than that. It will wheelie on the power when the tank empties though! The engine is faultless really, handling is faultless, the finish is not so good in some places - the fairing mounts rusted under the fairing and when it fell over the crash protectors bent back onto the fairing.Not good. Best kept in a garage then. I dont. Al weather biker so it will get wet. It worked fine on ice and snow, it slides predictably when you test the brakes so no complaints there. OK OK you won't get more than 130 mph out of it, but it does outdrag pretty much everything with its low gearing. The engine is VERY tractable, stick it in first, then 4th then 6th. You only need three gears. I got the one with the full fairing (the SV650S Sports), which looks like a full sports bike, very cool in black,pity Suzuki no longer have this option on the website. The last time I looked they had discontinued this bike, so I am glad they have it back. Two up (using the replaceable solo or dual seat)is no problem, though it was reported to me that the rear seat was a little hard without leathers! So, unless you are a speedfreak, this bike will do anything you want. But you should nag Suzuki for the fairing, it looks twice as expensive with its sports vest on, and you get a better bike.A bargain priced all-rounder I'd say.

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Capable but dull

01 September 2014 by Anonymous

Been riding for around 30 years and ridden many small and large capacity bikes of various configurations. Have owned a 2004 pointy SV650 for a few months now and never been overly impressed with it. The SV650 has a bit of mid range torque but not much real go after that (bit of buzzing but acceleration isn't staggering). The throttle action doesn't do a great deal until almost full open and it's a long twist to get full open. The brakes are wooden with no feel although they are adequate (nothing outstanding though). Handling's ok however the suspension is built down to a price and can be somewhat choppy. Finish is a bit poor with corroded bolts and bubbled engine/ fork paint being the norm. The foot pegs are in a slightly strange position which often catches your heel as you try to put your foot down. The seat is comfortable for a couple of hours riding but the throttle tube does make your hand go numb during that time. Economy is reasonably good for longer distance runs but drops a bit for stop start traffic. I ran a CBR600FM before the SV and it was a far more dynamic bike than the SV for similar price. The SV650 just didn't excite me and for that reason I'm not keeping it.

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5 out of 5

Absolute peach.

23 July 2014 by kaisersoseh

Having worked in bike shops since 1979 I have been lucky enough to ride a few bikes. The SV650 is one of a handful I have bought brand new. It has to be the best all round bikes on the market, handling is secure and easy, the engine feels like a 750 and it costs peanuts to run and insure. Change the standard tyres and fit a full fairing and you have got one of the best 'softsports' bikes in the world, all for about £5000. A genuine peach!

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Great bike

01 April 2014 by R013

I bought my 2005 SV650S fully faired about a year ago and I couldn't be happier with it. It is a very comfortable bike to ride, whether going at low speeds, pushing it to the limits or taking it on a long journey. It has a lot of power when you open up between 6k to 10k rpm, it still takes me by surprise every time and the handling just seems effortless and gives you a great sense of security. I average around 55 to 62 mpg, although that will drop significantly if you constantly hammer it. Overall it's very cheap to run and also very reliable. Currently I would not trade this for any other bike.

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Wish I got one years ago

27 September 2013 by Typhon219

I figured I better downgrade to just 1 bike when I was made redundant. I wanted a V-twin that could commute but still boogie at the weekend so the SV was the only option. What an incredible machine. I've owned plenty of different bikes and test ridden some of the top spec new bikes for a magazine but the SV blew me away with how easy it is to ride however hard you want. Handlings great, the engine is a peach and its so cheap the value is amazing. I paid £1550 for a 2002 with less than 10k on the clock from a dealer. definately get one.

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Best First Bike By Far !!

04 August 2013 by Finbar888

I bought my Black fully faired K8 SV650S in Feb this year and I am more than happy with my choice of first 'big bike'. Yes, the finish is crap so you do have to look after it but fit an aftermarket exhaust and boy it makes a lovely sound. Don't be fooled by the statistics shown by MCN - Fuel range is at worst 135 miles till reserve light flashes and then you still got 6 litres left. I average 55-60 mpg with a tank range of 200 miles easily and I'm not captain slow either. Very reliable, cheap to run, insure, easy to ride, loads of torque and huge fun. Taking my SV around Europe again shortly and can't bloody wait. Just passed your test? Get an SV - can't go wrong.

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I have had 3!!!!

20 February 2013 by Skapegoat

I have been lucky enough to own 3 sv650's so I thought I would share what I have learned here. My first Sv was bought accidently I called into my local breakers looking for parts for a Honda Hornet 250 (Jap import) and out of curiosity asked if it was for sale? Twenty minutes later I had traded in my Honda and was riding my first ever Vtwin. She was a black fully faired 2001 curvey model with some small cosmetic damage. I kept hitting the limiter on the sv for a few days as she reved so quickly to the redline compared to baby Hornet. After getting used to riding the Vtwin I mastered the short shifting and stayed in the grunty midrange, wow what a great engine! The 650 vtwin is a wave of tourque that is predictable and gives you miles of smiles! It will max out at an indicated 135mph with an exhaust and K&N filter. Overtaking was effortless, motorways get eaten up and long spins through the twisties are a breeze. So impressed with my first SV650 I decided to buy a second one and race minitwins! yet another Curvey version this was well kitted when I got it! Full akropovic system, dynojet stage 2 (which works better with a BMC airfilter), Elka rear shock, uprated maxton fork internals and gold valve emulaters (best money ever spent! 2secs a lap faster!) Brembo master cylinder, galfer discs (the only real bad point of racing the sv was the standard brakes were not up to it!)and the rest. I would hazard a guess that the most fun times in my life have been barreling into turn one of a race with the soundtrack of SV thunder as 30 plus SV's drop gears and hope that the engine braking will slow me enough to turn her in just to accelerate out like a bat out of hell again! My third Sv came after I sold the other two and was bikeless, a pointy sv was the cards this time. I bought a 2003 pointy in black again and It was an excelent update in style and functionality but the carbed model seemed to have better low down power and grunt as the sv suffered the dreaded tightening C02 emmisions. All in all it was a miniscuel difference and the pointy served me well. Ride and Handling, All sv650s are budget in the suspension department and will never handle like a Cbr600rr. Cheap upgrades like Gsxr600 or zx10 2004 shocks can help or splash out on a named brand shock. Fork internals like progresive or weighted springs will not break the bank and are a masive improvement. EBC HH pads are a must over the stock supplied set. Qulity and reliability, On a whole the Sv650 is reliable when looked after and has a few choice mods. Being a vtwin starting takes a good condition battery so a trickle charger is a must. The curvey used to run on one cylinder in the rain(a known fault)so a fender extender is a good idea to stop the front cylinder getting drowned. Mismatched spark plugs were the cause of a starting issue with my pointy, as there is only two you may as well change them. Some Sv engines burnt off oil causing them to seize, a mate went through 3 engines as he never checked the levels. Its a 5 minute job to top up your oil so what are you waiting check it now. Corrosion is a common complaint with SV owners and admitidley Suzuki have never had a great finish on any bike but common sense should prevail by you taking preventative measures. Buy some ACF50 and use as directed, wash your bike once a week (always a good time to chcke the oil too)dry it and polish it. Use grease on all moving parts and metal polish on shiney bits. Your Sv will look new again! overall, The Sv 650 is cheap to buy and run while being powerfull and fun! My first curvey had 60,000miles on it when I sold it and was ready for more. People say its a midrange budget bike, which it is but with the right hands with the right mods you can have just as much fun as the big boys. Its a very capable stepping stone before a sports 600. Wishing you all dry roads, Skapegoat.

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Keep out of the rain

15 May 2012 by Cy8rm4n101

I've not had my SV for a bout a year now & I miss it. Commuting in all weathers started to show with rust forming in bits I just couldn't reach so had to change to a better all weather bike :( The SV handles like a dream, taking you round corners effortlessly & seems like it's actually stuck to the road. It caught me by surprise a few times when overtaking & giving that little bit extra throttle that if I hadn't had tight hold the bike would have been off without me. So it's reliable, fast sounds great, sticks to the road & easy to handle. What a shame the price tag means the build quality doesn't let you take it out in all weathers without paying the cost. I also have no idea why they do the half fairing when a full one makes it look ten times a better bike.

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SV650 S (full fairing)

28 March 2012 by Anonymous

My bike is 2009 SV650S mettalic Blue(Full Fairing) with white line. I have owened this bike for two months now. Bought it with only 1200 miles on it. now cover around 2000 miles. It is my first big bike after passing my Full bike test. It is fun to ride. Engine and gearbox are brilliant. Higly recomended for first bike, cheap on insurance.Im getting around 50-55MPG in town traffic. very well balanced on the road, i have it rolling on 3-4 miles in the traffic and its very study ..Breaks r very good. very good for driving around in town or on long journeys...very happy with the bike. you have to upgrade the exhaust, i have put Beowulf stubby exhaust on and it sounds amazing and im sure it has increased the power a bit, it only took me half an hour to do it myself.I have also added R&G tail tidy, R&G crash Bungs, Oxford heated Grips, Zero gravity screen and Small indicators (must have). and it looks perfect now... Now -ve points No gear indicator No fuel level gauge, only light comes on when its time to refuel. but overall very well build machine and happy with the choice...

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SV650s '11 bike

11 October 2011 by Anonymous

I've ridden and owned all sorts of bikes in the last 15yrs, vfr's, fireblades, gpz500, 1200Bandit, Ducati 900ss, and now this Sv which I bought brand new in sept 2011 for a bargain £4454 on the road is just fantastic. weighs in at 183kg Kerb weight(stated on the v5 logbook), don't let the low bhp figure fool you, this has the flattest torque curve so at any revs it just goes! Power doesn't build up like inline 4's but is constantly pulling. Great for drive out of corners! Brakes are easily capable of quick stops an offer great feel. Handling is brilliant and very stable. No hint of wobble or shake mid corner or on straight if u let go of the bars. Very well setup from factory, both front and rear compress equally when you sit on the bike. Headlight is good, indicators at front stick out quite far so watch out if you have to go through a side gate at your house as they may catch! As speed and revs have increased the mpg had dropped. 65mpg, 54 and my latest of 52mpg but during running in you shouldn't hold constant revs so quite uneconomical riding. I expect for work commutes to average 55-60mpg. Reserve light comes on between 132-140 miles. Still another 6litres of fuel left (I think) so 200miles per tankful. Mirrors are ok, but I still get about 50% elbows when I look in them! Riding position is good but you slide forward on the seat easily during commuting speeds so it's quite sportsbike riding position. Some people have higher clip on bars fitted. Screen deflects wind very well, there's space for waterproofs under the rear seat, a relay pack can be easily pushed out the way under there to give even more space! Being injection cold starts are beautiful, no choke to play with, and it rides smoothly. Gearbox is becoming very slick now I'm up near 600miles on the bike. It was quite mechanical but precise when new, but smooth now. Paint finish has dulled where knees are against tank so I think protective clear patches on the sides and a tank protector are necessities to prevent this. Overall this is an unbelievably good bike for the money. Suzuki had a £645 off list price(£1 per 1cc) for sept and trading in my 1200 bandit left it costing just £2900. I'm smitten with it! Charactorful v-twin engine, impressive handling even for people like me who had a Fireblade for 5 yrs I still have a big grin after riding the twisties! But equally, it's a very stable bike for newbies to learn on. Thoroughly enjoyable motorcycle that will appeal to almost everybody.

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Can't go wrong.

21 November 2010 by Chris14

This is my first big bike. And after owning several 125s ranging from a CBF125 to an RS125, I simply can't fault it. I've happily covered 10000 miles since I bought it brand new in March, and it still looks brand new, is still on the original chain, and brake pads. I've added a few things to it, including a tail tidy, new exhaust (to free up the awesome V-Twin sound)and double bubble screen, and some Avon Storm 2s', now it's perfect to me. It inspires confidence, and encourages you to play and have fun, the engine pokes you in the direction of working it, but not in a SS600 fashion, and it'll cruise along more than happily, bodding round town in 3rd gear with no effort. It's been with me threw my first knee down, first stoppie (accidental), and when my license permits it'll do my first track day too. If I can get away with it I'm never selling it and intend to run it around the clock atleast once. I just can't fault it and it's gonna keep me happy for a very long time :D

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not a bad bike, but

01 June 2010 by BUSA666

wish it had the 1000cc lump out of the TL1000R in it, but still a good bike.

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Can't go wrong!

16 November 2009 by cookieowl

I have recently bought my first big bike, and having weighed up many contenders, I had it down to a Transalp and a SV650 - as second hand, I'd seen similar 6/7 year old examples for 2.5k. I had a Varadero 125, I thought the Transalp would be more of the same, and decided to go for the SV. I am DELIGHTED with my choice! The bike looks great, if you can get it with the optional full fairings - setting the look of a sports bike, without having to fork out the inevitable higher insurance premium. I picked up the bike it rotten weather, and with the potentially problematic new rubber on back & front. The bike did not miss a beat from slow tight corners, to long motorway sweeps - and all with loads of standing water. The bike has an engine that feels like it always has more should you need it, and on the public roads, you'll never be short on power and speed. The ride is comfortable, and I am planning long tours on the bike as the weather improves. I highly recommend this bike to anyone who has passed their test, and is looking for an all-round bike which will provide fun and practicality. You will struggle to find anyone who has rode this bike who does not think that this is an excellent way of getting into motorcycling!

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Perfect, especially for new riders...

13 August 2009 by jimvtwin

I say perfect for new riders as its very forgiving but can also be 'twitchy' when it wants to, keeping you on your feet and steers you away from confident complacency. Its my first ever bike and I’ve very happily clocked up 8,000 miles on it, a track day and my first christening with the tarmac… and I also now have shares within the petroleum markets! Bad news first I’m afraid. The suspension and riding position are the downsides to this wonderful bike as it’s also split between a sports and a tourer. Despite it performing brilliantly on the track, (got my first knee down with it) and it also proving most efficient when touring over to Exmoor and Wales, it does give cramp on long treks, doesn’t soak up the typical British roads as well as you’d like and makes you feel like your really stretching over the tank after a while. I’m 6’2” and I personally wouldn’t want to be any less the 5’10” on it! The pegs are quite high, which is good for ground clearance and having the benefit of ‘clip-ons’ also helps with fast road riding and lean angles. I have also heard that the SV doesn’t have much to play with with regards to extras, though the only thing I’ve decided I need is the lower fairings, which I don’t need at all really?! Plenty adequate for a big bike newbie! Now for the good stuff! The handling and engine are superb which help you flow around roads and circuits as if you’re a natural. I’ve got Dunlop Qualifiers on at the moment and they are predictably grippy (not in the wet though!) and give confidence on the track. This along with the superb feel of the SV and you’ve got a perfect combination. A Yamaha Fazer 600 and a Suzuki Bandit 650 are the only other bikes I’ve ridden but the Suzuki tops them both with almost every aspect of biking apart from comfort. It has a better gear box, feels like it has a more torque ridden engine and therefore probably makes you seem like your quicker than you really are. It also gives better confidence when riding fast, sounds far better than the two, (good old V-Twin!), and to top it all off its cheaper on the insurance and I think cheaper to probably buy; especially now the new Gladius is out. All in all a brilliant bike for a big bike newbie who wants a go at track days and touring but also provides perfectly for weekend blasts! Recommend to anyone :)

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Perfect! (for new riders)...

13 August 2009 by Anonymous

I say perfect for new riders as its very forgiving but can also be 'twitchy' when it wants to, keeping you on your feet and steers you away from confident complacency. Its my first ever bike and I’ve very happily clocked up 8,000 miles on it, a track day and my first christening with the tarmac… and I also now have shares within the petroleum markets! Bad news first I’m afraid. The suspension and riding position are the downsides to this wonderful bike as it’s also split between a sports and a tourer. Despite it performing brilliantly on the track, (got my first knee down with it) and it also proving most efficient when touring over to Exmoor and Wales, it does give cramp on long treks, doesn’t soak up the typical British roads as well as you’d like and makes you feel like your really stretching over the tank after a while. I’m 6’2” and I personally wouldn’t want to be any less the 5’10” on it! The pegs are quite high, which is good for ground clearance and having the benefit of ‘clip-ons’ also helps with fast road riding and lean angles. I have also heard that the SV doesn’t have much to play with with regards to extras, though the only thing I’ve decided I need is the lower fairings, which I don’t need at all really?! Plenty adequate for a big bike newbie! Now for the good stuff! The handling and engine are superb which help you flow around roads and circuits as if you’re a natural. I’ve got Dunlop Qualifiers on at the moment and they are predictably grippy (not in the wet though!) and give confidence on the track. This along with the superb feel of the SV and you’ve got a perfect combination. A Yamaha Fazer 600 and a Suzuki Bandit 650 are the only other bikes I’ve ridden but the Suzuki tops them both with almost every aspect of biking apart from comfort. It has a better gear box, feels like it has a more torque ridden engine and therefore probably makes you seem like your quicker than you really are. It also gives better confidence when riding fast, sounds far better than the two, (good old V-Twin!), and to top it all off its cheaper on the insurance and I think cheaper to probably buy; especially now the new Gladius is out. All in all a brilliant bike for a big bike newbie who wants a go at track days and touring but also provides perfectly for weekend blasts! Recommend to anyone :)

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Awesome 1st Bike!

22 April 2009 by J2uk

I have had my SV650S for about 6 months now and i love it to bits, it looks amazing, sounds amazing and has plent of power and torque. You cant beat the noise of a VTWIN. It is my first big bike and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent first bike that is forgiving when you make a mistake. Good Points: Noise(i have Scorpion Cans), Torque, Handling and Looks. Bad Points: Corrosion, Standard Tyres aren't great, False Neutrals can be a problem. Overall 5*

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SV

31 March 2009 by Skinnyhulk

Goes like s**t of a shovel, sticks to the roads like s**t to a blanket, BRILLIANT

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Great 1st Bike

26 March 2009 by tommay50

I have got an SV650S and have been very happy with it for the last year. I am a new rider and this was my first "big bike" after mucking about on a 125 for a few months. i have the full fairing which really makes the difference in the looks department! I've now covered almost 10,000 miles on the SV and am looking into going across to France on it. I've made several trips from Surrey to Yorkshire on it and it does a fairly decent job of shielding you from the wind although not spectacular. I think this is the perfect first bike to get for anyone who has just passed and is still gaining confidence. I did A LOT of research into which bike to get and everything i read said this was and it really hasn't disappointed. The only thing i would say is that after a year i am looking for a bit more power. Perfect 1st bike, top marks

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I love my SV650S!

12 March 2009 by Smit6000

I have only been a qualified rider since November, but since then I have racked up nearly 2500 miles on my 1999 SV. It is a great bike to really learn to ride on. Loads of power when needed and I am now starting to build up my confidence. Most of my riding has been in the wet and cold of winter, but now the dry warmer days are starting, I am learning just how well the bike handles and corners. I recommend this bike highly, especially if like me, you are new to biking.

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My SV

05 February 2009 by MarkZX6R

I had an SV650 Sport for nearly 2 years, this followed the GS500F I had for 6 months after passing my test. I commuted on the SV over 500 miles a week, every week, come rain or shine. The only modification to the supplied bike was a touring scottoiler. I can honestly say I never had a days trouble with it. It was serviced regularly and the consumables changed as necessary but even with the high milage the only parts needed were at the standard servie intervals. Most of my milage was carried out on the motorway where it was comfortable enough for the hour or so run in. In the city it was easy to nip in and out of traffic were required. A good all rounder which I'd certainly recommend for new riders or those more experienced wanting a bit of fun.

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first bike

13 December 2008 by scousebikergirl

It's difficult to write a review when you're a beginner as I aint ridden many bikes, BUT i will say, compared to what i learnt on (a Suzuki GS500) this bike is fab!! It's very forgiving, and does exactly what you ask it. I took it out in the cold the other day and it was just fantastic!! corners where a breeze (despite my adrenaline pumping!) and when i saw some clear road, it was dying to just go for it!! A bike that you have complete control of all in your right hand. LOVE IT!!

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Good for the money

03 December 2008 by KimLondon

My Fazer 600 got written off and the insurance company loaned me an SV650s for a few weeks. Going from a 4-cyl to a twin was great fun as the Sook has brilliant pick-up and grunt from the off. I learned on a CBF500 and while the SV shares characteristics with the Honda twin, it's more grunty and revs better too. Brakes, chassis, all of this is great, and the bike looks good too. However, I'm less impressed with the build quality and finish than my old Yamaha Fazer. Also, the ride position, while making for a supremely chuckable bike, but it didn't make me feel comfortable cornering as I'm not at that level as a rider yet. The hunkered-down riding position also made my wrists quite sore on long journeys, though the wind protection is great at 80mph+. I had a problem with the SV650s and they swapped it for a naked version. Wow! That was a revelation. I suddenly found that town riding was miles easier - I could see ahead easily and cornering was much more confidence-inspiring. The naked version is much easier to thread around town and the torque of the twin makes it a brilliant commuter. Shame about the loss of the fairing. All in all it was a great bike to build experience on. Forgiving, fun, light, good sound and look, with way more ability than I could exploit. However, the build quality and lack of centre stand are big flaws for me. If you garage your bike and don't ride in the winter you should be okay. Me; I got an FZ6 Fazer - centre stand, fairing, comfy riding position and good build quality.

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IAM WRITING MY 2 YEAR REVIEW, **MY BIKE IS MODIFIED**

15 October 2008 by toe_down_sv_racing

ITS BEEN 2 YEARS ON THE SV650S!!!!! Holy cow has it gone fast. 2 THINGS:- 1, IT IS MY FIRST BIKE, 2:- I have done 900(ish) motorway miles, the bike has done 17,000. T H I N G S I V E L E A R N T. Conti Road Attack tyres get SLATED (unfairly) in BIKE mag reviews, but give me 7500 miles and 2 track days with enough grip to go into winter and still get knee down in the "moist". The best upgrades are SMALL ONES. Its like many of the posts you see, they are the incremental steps which add up. If there is only one thing i now would have the original chnage is the swing arm and susps'. Apart from this, simple things like spark plugs, air filter, Scorpion Stubby (Highly Recomended) are the only other things to have different. A F T E R T W O Y E A R S.... It feels cemented, and worn like your fave gloves. It does everything perfectly, kneedown in snow, toedown in wet and peg down over Craner Curves with cheap tyres on. OH GOD i love this bike. "Girls Bike" reviewers dont last long when they see what i can do on my SV on any given day. B U Y O N E!!!!!

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' 00 sv 650s

06 October 2008 by jimbob85

Fantastic bike, great for big bike novices! Made my mate on his brand new ZX6R look silly out of corners! Sounds great with a can too. Front suspension a bit soft, but some thicker fork oil helps. Only thing to watch for are the camchain tensioners, if you do notice that dreaded rattle make sure you shop around, I ended up paying half what the main dealers were quoting me. Other than that a really great bike

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thumping v twin

03 October 2008 by newbikerbabe1

my first bike and it's great!!!! and doesn't punish new riders for mistakes either

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'05 SV650S

26 September 2008 by Tooshay

I've had a 2005 SV650S for the last two years and have used it for mainly commuting. It's excellent value for money, and very reliable- i've covered 25,000miles in the time i've had it and its NEVER let me down, not once. it's also good on fuel as i regularly get 60mpg and 210+ miles from a full tank of petrol. And most importantly its good fun to ride and every morning i look forward to the trip to work. What more can you ask from a budget bike? Simply Awesome.

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Another great V-Twin

18 September 2008 by Mjollnir

The latest shape has a seat height more suited to the taller rider, but the seating position doesn't quite suit the larger frame. They are cracking bikes to ride, and the engine is fantastic, highly recomended.

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SV650 sport 2007

04 September 2008 by PegasusPlant

I Purchase a new SV650 Sport in 2007 it has been faultless for over a year of mainly dry riding, easy to ride i have taken it over the Cat and fiddle giving me plently of confidence in its handeling (it loves to be pushed), and to the Isle of Man with soft luggage and covered 500miles in 3 days. i go out with my mates on a GSXR 1000 R6 and Fireblade. performance wise ive seen 138mph on dig speedo and from the light to legal speeds kept up with my mates pass legal speeds im sure they would leave me standing. you can feel a more budjet feel to gear selector and suspension than on the fireblade but if your in the market for a road bike not a track bike it is worth a test ride, i would recomend one, and my friend who have had them before moving up would do as well.

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What a bike

28 June 2008 by si_megz11

I am actually reviewing a 2002 SV 650S that I had a year ago, the reason I am submitting one now is that I have just realised what a mistake it was to sell it. I sold my bike to move up to a GSXR 600 K3, I then sold this and brought an 01 RSV Mille, these bikes may have been faster in a straight line but they didnt compare to my old SV, even the guys who I ride out with say that I could ride my SV faster than my newer bikes. It is such a great bike. The engine is so keen to rev and pulls and sounds so fantastic (especially with a twin port blue flame exhaust). The only thing I didnt like was the 120/60 front tyre, it sometimes gave you the falling off a cliff sensation commonally found on R6's, swap it for a 120/70 but you may have to tinker with the front mudguard to compensate. It is not just me either I have told my misses that I want to buy a 01 ZX6r or a 99 CBR 600F but she would rather me buy another SV. Also make sure you autosol the front downpipe as often as you can, stops it from corroding.

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if you dont like this, stick to 4 wheels!

21 June 2008 by Ash77

i really rate my 06 sv650s. passed in march and got it soon after. went from being nervous about leaning etc to keeping up with experienced riders on rideouts within 3 months (about 15 rides). it gives so much confidence with its low weight flickability and its low and mid v-twin grunt. was wondering if 70bhp would be enough, but below 3 figures it sure is. does 0-100 in a shade under 10 secs apparently. r6 owners etc tell me they have little grunt till 8-10k revs but this pulls nicely at 4-5 and is fully on song at 6-7k where it starts to sound less basey and more racy upto its 11k red. a beautifully linear power delivery makes it easy to keep up with the peaky 4cyls on all but the longest and straightest and it uses less fuel too! worst ive done is 48mpg. best 58! cheap insurance at under £220 with zero no claims. ultra reliable so far and with a scorpion can sounds like some sort of 5mpg v8/v12 with attitude! clueless about what to get next without lots of extra outlay and running costs. maybe a gsxr750 if i can justify, but if not i'll keep. dislike the ride on some poorer roads and lack of storage. its ok rather than great on m-ways with its smallish screen and you get loadsa flys on yer helmet, but id forgive it alot more. its best on the twisties but with great filtering ability due to its grunt and narrowness, its actually a strong all rounder. summer weekends = very happy days!

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The Best

20 June 2008 by NimoCheck

First big bike iv had but ridden loads of other 600s and this is the best by a mile. Sooo much fun and smooth but pokey engine, looks are great and handles excellent. Ant rode it through winter yet but i love every minuet im on it

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Seriously understated

15 March 2008 by Azzer636

Had my 2003 Sv for 1year and 1/2, and covered around 25000 miles on it.. went to the south of France with it twice, covering 4000 miles each time, only time it stuggled was keeping up the pace on the auto routes. but as soon as you get to the twistys nothing left it. also did a track day on it at silverstone, showed up my uncle on his fireblade but thats another story hehe.. only mods i really had were full fairing, which you need if your going to tour.. brembo hoses. to sharpen the brakes up.. and a new can and man does it rour. best sounding bike i've had.. my only wish was that i didnt need to use it all year round, but i did and it quickly deteriated in winter with all the salt and crap.. anyone starting off riding i highly reccomend,, cheap insurance..cheap to run..and a good looking bike in my eyes also can have ALOT of FUN! trust me

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Easy Ride

18 February 2008 by edjhutchinson

I bouoght a 99 reg SV650 S as my first road bike and it's been faultless, easy to ride with plenty of power to entertain on twisty A and B roads. I have fitted a Quill exhaust system which has made the bike sound fantastic as well as improving the mid range performance. As a first bike the SV would take some beating, it's reliable, cheap to run and comfortable on longer runs. Additionally they last well, mine has done 30,500 miles and still looks mint.

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wicked

12 February 2008 by ranksounds

the bike is great, got mine in July '07. I've got the fully faired sport version. My only gripe is with the front suspension, it bottoms out over speed humps and pot holes, it's currently under investigation Feb'08. Apart from that everything about the bike is great, it's light and keeps up with the big to a degree

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Champion Material

10 February 2008 by toe_down_sv_racing

Everyone these days who waffles on about making makes "like a 250 gp racer" are complete loooosers. no one really wants a 250gp bike, but what people do need to get them on the start to being able to ride like a demented frence 250 works rider is a solid grounding in a bike that is simple and friendly. its very easy to say how the SV is less than the modern competition, but it is still for my money the best clip on bar budget bike you can get. lets look at why people want an SV? -They want a cheap first bike that isnt hard to replace parts and get serviced -Simple and easy power delivery letting you know how to get on the power earlier on -Unsung sportsbike so no ones always expecting toe down on a trip to tesco's. as well, the modern classic looks and still-distincting features endear this bike to be a real machine people will love to restore in 25 years time, just like the RD's are today. the best bit is the fact that after only 7 months of riding, and being 22, i am track-daying alongside the GSXR600/750 posse and in between trackdays, i spend hours on the roundabout GP telling people how to get knee/toe down everytime. always a treat, never a bore, SV IS the best first bike for pretty much everyone.

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Buy One!!

29 November 2007 by skellyjelly

I've owned many bikes but have never owned a V-Twin. I've recently run in my 07 SV650S and it has been a hoot. It's light, handles like a bike should and is easy to ride. I had a foreign license (and 20 years riding experience) so had to do my CBT, theory and practical test, and I used a Suzuki GS500 (which was a cinch to ride), but the SV blows it into the weeds. I tested everything before I bought my SV, and whilst all had their good points, none came close to the bangs for bucks deal the SV offers. If you want a totally reliable, easy to handle and good looking bike, buy one of these. Never mind what the reviewers say, I ride in the real world and don't get much chance to explore the top speed of ANY bike, and in the real world this bike is the real deal. Go on, wind up Ducati owners by having something more reliable, annoy CBR600 owners by having something more "exclusive", show FZ6 owners that your bike will pull out of corners in any gear and above all, wind up an SV650 and revel in the sound of a V-twin. It's addictive. Plus points - everyone loves the looks, it's easy to ride, reliable and sounds great. Minus points - ride for more than an hour and the seat begins to numb your bum. I can't reccommend this bike enough.

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Top newbie ride

23 October 2007 by basstwiddler

Bought a K6 Sport for £4300 before going through DAS (the thought of it sitting in the showroom waiting for me was a pretty good incentive to pass) and haven't regretted it. After training on a CB500, the SV immediately felt comfortable, controllable and very balanced Despite limited revs during the break-in period, it still takes off from roundabouts and overtakes satisfyingly quickly in any gear thanks to the V-twin torque...also thanks to the V-twin torque, can't say I know much about the power of the brakes as engine braking does most of the work. Most miles done on a daily M4 commute, which is comfy and smooth, not too much windblast but wrists can get a bit sore from the clip-ons. Dark wintery nights not a problem too thanks to headlights better than my car. MCN review's mpg figure seems too low - so far had around 55mpg without riding like too much of a slouch. No real issues so far - discs already a bit rusty outside the contact area, Dunlop D220STs are on the durable rather than sticky side, and paint on the tank and seat cowl is thinner than Nicole Richie, but that would appear to be old news. Other than that, go and buy one - plenty fast enough for long-distance blasts and greenhorn shenanigans, corners and stops really well, and the full fairing does a fine job of hiding the crows feet of the slightly elderly naked underneath. NB: people talk about older versions misfiring in the wet due to raod spray getting in the front spark plug - looks like Suzuki have sorted this by hanging a square rubber flap off the bottom of the radiator, so no need to buy a fender extender.

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First big bike, loving it!

20 October 2007 by Edd89

I bought a new 2006 Sv650s sports, meaning it's got full fairing and a rear seat cover. I use it for for commuting to college and back every day in all weather, then used at weekends for fun. Although the bike is standard(apart from a Meta alarm, R&G crash bungs and bar ends), restricted to 33bhp and I have only 4 months experience on a big bike, when I took it to a track day it was very good and easy to ride. The suspension set up was perfect at standard (I weigh 9 stone)and it was easy to take into the corners. However, the restrictor meant I was being overtaken on every straight going flat out, and the standard tires failed to impress me, especially in the wet and under heavy braking. That said, the Sv is perfect for commuting, and in the 4800 miles I've done on it in 5 months, nothing has gone wrong. That is apart from soon after I had a Meta alarm fitted, the bike had starting difficulties to do with the elecrtronics and re-wiring which were soon fixed. Ride and handling: perfectly set up for my weight and riding style and versatile enough to accomodate my larger dad comfortably. Equipment: I agree with the MCN verdict; everything's there, and works fine, but suzuki haven't gone over the top where equipment is concerned. Quality and reliability: nothing has gone wrong with the standard bike, just the Meta alarm difficulties. Value: great value for money so far. Engine: restricted but enough for commuting and weekend riding. Strengths: Fun, good all round bike, comfy commuter, lots of good aftermarket parts, easy to ride even for a big bike noob like me. Weaknesses: standard tires aren't amazing, restrictor kills the top end power, standard brakes are good but not great, no off road capabilities ;) If you're thinking of buying an Sv, I hope this review was helpful, and I would definitely recommend it!

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Does what is says on the tin

10 October 2007 by dmracing

I purchased a SK5 Brand new to tackle my 100mile commute to work and back. 2 years on and its still going strong. Never even had a sniff of a problem. Its also very fun to ride around on twistys too! Only problem is that rust attacks this like termites munch on wood. Keep it clean and all will be good.

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Does what is says on the tin

10 October 2007 by dmracing

I purchased a SK5 Brand new to tackle my 100mile commute to work and back. 2 years on and its still going strong. Never even had a sniff of a problem. Its also very fun to ride around on twistys too! Only problem is that rust attacks this like termites munch on wood. Keep it clean and all will be good.

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Restricted big bike.

23 May 2007 by dougie399

I plumped for the 03 SV650S on dealer recommendation. Its restricted through the ECU so doesnt get the cholking like you do with some of the carburetor models. Its sturdy as i have found out by sending it down the road on its own ahem twice. I have modified the exhaust system to high level Laser twin cans at a cost of £600 this system cost less than the Suzuki original exhaust and sounds beautiful. The Sv has helped to give me confidence and with some good tyres gives you the confidence to keep your speed up through the corners. Im not really in a position to comment on it fully as a restricted version gives you know where near the experience a fully powered one does. Its a great bike and i wouldnt part with it for the world now.

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My First 'Big Bike'

11 May 2007 by Boult

2005 K5 Got me back into biking after 17 year break. Suzuki sales service (thanks Single Tracker)was top drawer. The bike was just sublime... quick enough, forgiving enough, sporty, I could tour on it, cracking fuel economy. Sure, if you ride it throught the winter make sure you keep it regularly 'scott oiled'- that keeps it nice. Mine got wrote off by the old 'sorry mate, I didn't see you' scenario and I still miss it.

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Suzuki SV650

15 April 2007 by theobulldog

A very good cheap reliable bike. When I went into the bike shop where I bought it from it was one of the least bikes I would of chosen. I took a few bikes for a test ride and when I got to this one I couldn’t believe it. The handling was brilliant. So light and easy to flick about. That sold it to me. The only thing I wish it had more of was power, but I guess that’s what the SV1000 is for. Top bike.

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good bike

02 March 2007 by Wozza

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'02 still going strong

09 October 2006 by asphaltscraper

I bought my SVS on U.S soil after owning one at home in Blighty and then selling her to move here. The bike has done absolutely everything. It started out as my daily commuter, then it became a weekend toy seeing 500 miles a weekend of hard riding, it saw a track school and a handful of track days, then it went across the U.S two up without any problems. Crashed it and then put it back together for it to be my commuter bike again. 34,000 miles and still going well, the rear shock needs replacing, but asides from that it's running strong. Strengths: Great bike for novice through to experienced track rider. It's a twin so it's great off of a turn,throw a pipe on it and it sounds magic. Budget biking at it's best. Economical to run. Weaknesses: Suspension is cheap, but it's a budget bike so you get what you pay for. Expect your front fairing stay to bend up in a spill. It's only a 650 so you will find it's performance limitations sooner rather than later.

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Great first bike with plenty to keep you interested.

25 July 2006 by duffbattye

I've recently come back to biking after a break of 6 years. I previously owned a cbr600. I was drawn to the sv650s due to low insurance and all the good reviews. I haven't been let down. It's a really good fun bike - very flickable and looks cool. It's much more fun to ride than the cbr6 - I love the engine braking on a twin. Not that comfortable for long periods on either wrist or bum (anything over an hour)so can't imagine it would be a great tourer. It's also pretty hard work at anything over 90 miles an hour - but if you are new to biking or have come back to it that's plenty to be going on with. Great bike - highly recommended. Strengths: Easy to ride, cheap insurance group, looks good, the feel of a twin. Weaknesses: No wind protection at speed, front fork corrosion and general lack of build quality, standard brakes are not great.

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Great fun bike at the right price which needs a few tweaks to get the best from

21 May 2006 by steveeg

Due to 2 insurances claims , I needed a lower group bike, have owned lots of previous bikes my last being a kwak 750. The sv650s came with free servicing for 2 years ( actually 3 free services up to 8000 miles) this I would guess would be worth 400 quid so bike was a bargin. Straight line speed is obviously down on a like for like sports 4, however there is enough go for UK's roads . The bike is an ideal commuter & is still great fun on the weekend, it is cheap to buy & run & insure eg returns 50 + mpg Front suspension needs upgrade is you are over 11 stones & oe tyres are not great. Front plug is exposed & you need to fit a fender extender , or water proof grease the front plug to stop problems in the wet, front fender keeps a lot of dirt off front of engine etc. Bike is really best for solo use, as struggles 2 up but I am a big bloke. Strengths: Price , fun , cost of ownership. Weaknesses: Front suspension, build quality is not great as dunlop d220's are not great esp in the wet.

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Purchased new K6 version 2006 for £4295 with lower fairings, hugger, scottoiler, and seat cowl.

06 May 2006 by chabbychang

After returning to biking last year (after gap of 15 yrs), purchased a Yamaha XJ900S Diversion, great bike but very heavy... Decided to trade in and considered SV1000S 9insurance too high) or highly rated SV650S. Choose latter. Does exactly what it says on the tin.... sounds a bit lawnmowerish from new, but 70kgs lighter, and more flexible and benefits from modern design and technology. Strengths: Running in at moment, keeping to below 5500 revs for 500 miles = 65 mph. Very happy at moment, practical and a good lucker. Weaknesses: Too early to say, have read ALL internet reports and BIKE reviews. Very highly rated, best decision I've made for long time!!!!!!

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My first biggish bike, and an absolute hoot

17 March 2006 by John_the_spoon

Having endured the pain of screwing myself up on my 1993 NSR125R for a year, I got round to taking my test and couldn't wait to jump on a bigger bike. From the start I noticed how much power there was at all revs. OK, so I came up from a 125 and the SV's still restricted, but there's no waiting to get to the power - even in top gear it'll pull with ridiculously small numbers on the clock. I loved the styling, particularly with the newer black frame, and the post '03 shape really keeps this bike up to date. I was slightly worried about seeing my pride and joy become no more than a grey furry lump after winter, but regular cleaning (a bit of a hose down most weekends) has seen it shrug off the winter salt. I've recently started riding with pillions, and apart from needing the shock wound up, the SV has proved more than capable of dealing with two people at once. I love that the bike was gentle enough for me when I first got it, but as my riding improves so, it seems, does the bike. Strengths: Its one of the most versatile bikes I've seen - learners like me can wobble on it, racers can have real fun in the Minitwins series on it. Its so easy to ride, and so much fun! Weaknesses: The brakes aren't exactly overwhelming, suspension's a tad soft for my 11 stone and at 6'1" I can get a fair bit of wind over the screen.

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It's a bike with 2 wheels and an engine...

06 March 2006 by valllldondo

Loved the bike as soon as the K3 model came out. Looked good and felt a good bike when first introduced. Was an excellent 1st choice bike for performance, learning on and insuring. As time went on the bike does lose its charm with obviuos flaws in the build quality and robustness of bike. The brakes and front end are not the most confidence inspirring when wanting to brake quickly, especialy with 2 up! But once you get those standard dunlop tires off the bike and equip them with Continental Attack tires, the bikes grip and corning abilty is increased ten fold. Wet or dry, the sv will stick to any decent road surface with those tires fitted. Decent rear pre-load as well which makes a lot of differeance as the standard settings are way to soft for my liking. Strengths: Very good 1st time to learn your trade on... Decent Handling when fitted with decent tires Recommend Continetal Attack Tires!! A good looking bike once fitted with after market bits and peices... Weaknesses:  Brakes - Not Sharp Enough for emergency stopping Forks - Very soft and dive too easily on normal braking, especialy with a pillion. Robustness - 7200 miles on the clock and broken down twice due to electrical and wirring issues. Rusts easily on the Forks. Suzuki sales and servicing from Cupar motor cycles very dissapointing!

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Bought new in 2004 (04) £4200. 1st bike after a couple of years off.

04 March 2006 by nigelwood1

It has been a real blast. 1st new bike and a good way to get back into biking after a couple of years off. With the right tyres and a bit of suspension work I can embarrass bigger and faster bikes when it gets twisty (even 2-up). Easy and fun to ride. Stock suspension is only limiting factor in the fun stakes. Got some uprated Maxton fork springs and jacked the back up 25mm. Now the front doesn't bottom out and it turns in real quick. I put an Art Race can on and it sounds like a Ducati and revs much cleaner and quicker. It makes me smile every time I ride it. Strengths: As a first bike it is excellent. You can learn to ride and not be intimidated by too much power.Handling is a peach (if its sorted). Value for money and smiles per mile you can't beat it. It aint nothing "Too" special but it is fun. Weaknesses:
Built to the price. Very basic suspension not suited to anyone heavier than 10 stone. Not comfy for long distance if over 6 ft tall but thats not what it is for. Could do with a bit more power. Lacks attention to detail and finish quality.

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2003 Sv650s used daily all the year round

26 February 2006 by badasspov

I bought this 2003 model at the end of the reg, so its two years old at the end of Feb. I have commuted nearly every day during that time, clocking some 20,000 miles. Crap dealer ment I had a sticky clutch problem longer than I should have when I first bought it. I have did Assen last year and it coped well with a weekend blast in Europe. Finish on forks and fasteners looking poor now, however considering the abuse it takes I am not surprised. Strengths: Its pure fun,a genuine all rounder, great for commuting through traffic yet so agile. Very cheap to run very very reliable. Weaknesses: As with all Suzuki's the finish isnt great.

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Suzuki sv650 2002 model, bought 2005 with 1800 miles on clock. Sold Bandit 1200 to buy it.

16 January 2006 by mazda

Great all rounder. Loads of fun on the A/B roads I mainly drive to work on. Good handling but Forks needed work to improve front end feel. New Ohlins linear springs and 15W fork oils makes massive improvement. Rear OK. Still no regrets getting rid of the Bandit so must be good. Strengths: Great Handling now front sorted. Light weight. Low running costs. Good fuel consumption and longer life from rear tyres. Much lower insurance than Bandit. Good lights and great brakes. Weaknesses: Could do with a bit more grunt from engine. Throttle response a bit jerky low down. Same on several SV's I have tried so its not just my setup.

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Excellent first big bike, 2005 model with black frame adds to excellent looks and appeal

06 January 2006 by anthod1982

A great, fun bike all round. Very pleased, my first big bike and feels as light as a 125!! Gets to it's top end quickily as well as being cheap to insure which is a bonus. Managed to get it on 0% finance as well which is pleasing to the pocket. Get a good anti-corrosion product on the bike as bad wheater does take it toll! Strengths: Feels very light for a 600, great in town and on those curly a and b roads. Weaknesses:
Corrosion; solved with good anti-corrosion product. Front mudguard should be about 4 inches longer at the back, engine and pipes get caked in muck.

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Superb starter bike.

14 December 2005 by sigourner

I have had my license for 9 years now and have never owned a bike but a move down to London with a commute of 36 miles through town and down the motorway along with a train journey of two hours prompted me it was about time that I finally got round to getting a bike. After a couple of months of thinking about what bike to choose I was torn between the SV650S and the Kawasaki Z750S and the SV won, mainly due to the insurance group associated with it. Up until now I have mainly been using the bike for commuting but this is an hour long and so far I have had no complaints. When I was talking about getting this bike people kept on saying that I might be too tall for it (I'm 6'4") with a 34" inside leg (always got annoyed with people putting their height but no idea of what their stature is) I have had no reason to complain. It starts everytime, the finish seems fine and it seems to have plenty of pull. Can't wait till the summer when I can fully test it out. Strengths: Price, looks, weight, insurance group. I can't really comment on anything else as I have nothing to compare it to. Weaknesses: I get false neutrals sometimes but I'm not sure if that is due to me or the bike and the seat gets slightly uncomfortable after an hour or so, apart from that nothing yet but I aim to add another comment in a few months.

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A good first bike for 'no rush' commuting and the odd bit of scratching

02 December 2005 by cbsracing

I bought this because I wanted a bike that didnt require me thrashing it, and to save my rapidly deteriotating licence, I use bikes all year round, my last bike was an FZR600R, This is a fantastic FIRST bike, dont buy it if you have ridden anything else in that engine range, it'll bore you to quick, that's not to say its boring, its not. The Bike is good at almost everything, but unfourtunately it isnt fantastic at much. I travel to work about 20 odd miles a percentage of that is on the motorway, it copes well but unfourtunately it runs out of go at about 115mph, so the motorway drags on. I found for fast road work it was competent and good fun, the front comes up easily in first and second, however when your really throwing it around the fast A/B Roads the front suspension is a little soft, through town the bike is faultless, and the fuel injection really good. The bike however had to go in for a warranty claim (see weaknesses) and i lost faith in it so its going, hello blade. Strengths: It is a really good, forgiving first bike, V-twin torgue is nice, and it does everything well. Weaknesses: Runs out of breath a little too soon, Engine bolts furr easily, and the engine blew itself to pieces and they took 2 months to rebuild it under warranty... to be fair that could be my fault (I treated it like it was a demo bike, the whole time I had it) But to be fair, no 'real' Dont buy this bike weaknesses.

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Great all round bike!!

17 July 2005 by SpeedySv

This is my first bike, had it just over a year and it's bloody fantastic!! does everything you ask and more. great handling, acceleration it smooth... plus looks even better once it's had some mods done. not the fastst top end, but enough to lose your licence for a while, Doh.! Strengths: Style, handling, acceleration. Get alot of bike for the price. Weaknesses: Brakes! could do with a bit more stopping power, small Fuel tank.

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Fun budget bike, easy to ride

01 December 2004 by Stephensv650

First bike for over 20 years has proved a good retrn to biking and made me wish I done it a lot sooner. Good acceleration and good styling and the distinctive sound and performance of a V twin. Bought in November 2003 and has proved totally reliable, starting first time every time depite some gaps in riding it. Strengths: Good value and easy to ride. Enough power at legal speeds. Good on all types of road. Looks good. Used mainly as a 30 mile commuter and for 60 mile fin rides and that's what it's best suited to. Weaknesses: Seat poor and standard of finish suspect e.g. front forks, bottom yoke. If this were a motorbike mag review it would say 'poor wind protection' but let's get real this is a naked bike and if you want loads of plastic buy something else! It's good for strengthening your neck muscles and helping you realise how fast you're going before you get nicked...

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Superb all-rounder.

22 June 2004 by tonyberrow

Two weeks after passing my test and buying the SV650, I was hurtling down a French motorway at 110mph+ trying to stick with the lunatics I was with - mounted on a Hayabusa, an EXUP 1000 and a XJR1300. I had to lie on the tank to reduce drag, but the bike maintained that speed for hours on end. Luckily the frequent stops for the Hayabusa to refuel gave my bum a rest from the too-hard seat on the SV. I've used the bike almost every day since for communting, scratching and touring and have loved almost every minute of it, the bad times being some low-speed tumbles caused variously by my own cack-handed low-speed riding, ice and gravel. The bike has stood up well to the minor crashes, aided by a set of Motrax crash bungs I installed when I took delivery. Averaging about 45mpg, I can't complain about the fuel consumption. An excellent Motrax fly-screen makes 120mph achievable (on autobahns, of course). I'd love to try an SVS to see how good its fairing is. Strengths: 100% reliability to-date. Very fast cornering. Ideal first big bike. Weaknesses: Poor seat. Some fixings corroding - will replace with stainless items this year. Rear shock going off - will replace with a Hagon unit this year.

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Top bike

19 June 2004 by mistressvictoria

First big bike after passing DAS. Friendly little fellow, hasn't thrown me off once. Fast enough for a new biker. Loads of bolton extras available...exhausts, screens, bungs, tie bars, fairing lowers etc etc. Strengths: Comfort, sound(with Renegade can!), looks....everything.  Weaknesses: As I'm getting faster it feels slower, but still manages 140mph, so how bad can it be?

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