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SV650 goes enduro

Published: 12 August 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

You’ve seen the half-faired version, you’ve seen the naked version, now here’s the enduro version of the Suzuki SV650.

This one isn’t straight from the factory, it’s straight f;rom the imagination of Italian Gaspare Momesso and it’s already been taken enduro racing in Italy.

His bike uses the Suzuki SV650 frame and engine and the frame is standard, as are the engine internals. In standard form on the roadbike, it produces around 68bhp

Gaspare, however, uses a freer-flowing exhaust and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a healthy 75bhp. Combine this with the much lower gearing of the Enduro version, and you’ve got a recipe for some serious acceleration.

The sub-frame is custom-built and allows the mounting of the off-the-shelf Acerbis tailpiece and motocross seat. The airbox remains stock and the specially moulded fuel tank wraps around it. The bodywork is completed up front with an Acerbis headlamp.

The forks look like they’re from a Honda XR600, as do the two-pot brake calipers. These are slotted into position with a set of custom-machined triple-clamps.

Up front there’s a 21in wheel and at the back an 18in. This is gripped by the standard Suzuki swingarm, although the SV’s rear disc has been swapped for a smaller off-road one and the single-pot caliper moved accordingly.

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