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.
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 The SV650 has an all-round great engine that even today isn't outdated.
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.
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.
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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.