Suzuki SV1000 Overview
The Suzuki SV1000 was designed to be a cost-effective, big bike which could handle its own on the road and the track. It is incredibly similar to the old TL1000S and in fact, the engine is almost identical but the SV1000 comes with a better price-tag and some noticeable improvements.
It has an aluminium frame which gives the bike a modern and sleek look and the suspension is also pretty decent. It probably wouldn’t compare with a standard sports bike but for an all-rounder it is up to par. The brakes are also good in the SV1000, something which cheaper Suzuki bikes don’t always offer.
The engine in an SV1000 is a big V-twin which comes with plenty of torque and around 106bhp. It is a seamless and smooth ride which glides easily into those top speeds without too much playing around with gears which makes it ideal for those who like to spend their time down at the track or hitting the wide, open road.
Despite the speed and look of the SV1000, the riding position does seem to be a common issue which many owners report. It seems that the seat is uncomfortable and there is a significant level of vibration into the wrists which becomes much more noticeable over longer distances. This is definitely something worth trying out before you commit to buy the bike.
Additional features included decent under seat storage and a steering damper which comes as standard. Overall this is a pretty decent bike for the price you pay but some may find the riding position too uncomfortable to justify the speed offered.
Suzuki SV1000 Spec
- Top speed155mph
- Average fuel consumption41mpg
- Seat height810mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC, 4v
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Really needed good front forks rather than budget
The jewel in the crown absolutely bloody amazing. Twist and go. Gears? Who needs them?
The riding position and the seat are terrible. What would really improve this bike and quadruple sales? Make it the same as an sv naked like fitting fairings to a naked. We are all getting older and sit up riding positions are the order of the day. Make it with side panels, panniers and top box included. A shaped dual seat like on the dl 1000 would be great. Would have bought a dl but its much too tall for me and a lot heavier. Dont know whether anyone has noticed but sales are proportional to weight these days.
It's generally a good bike but doesn't like British winters
Not bad for the design, Tokico not liked these days many have been changed for upmarket calipers
The SV is very light and the ride is very good. The downside is the front suspension is slightly soft and the is mainly due to the economical set up. The bike could definitely benefit from and USD front set up from a GSXR.
The engine is superb. Loads of low end grunt. The downside is the common clutch “chudder.” This can be rectified by a modified clutch basket which costs around £500. I live with it as I haven’t the funds but Suzuki should of really recalled with an upgraded basket.
Running costs are good and i am seeing around 48mpg on a run.
Build quality is good not excellent. The crank cases are definitely showing wear and tear as are the fasteners/fixings.
Brakes are really good and with good feel.