Suzuki SV650 Bike Overview
Straightforward, versatile, affordable and plenty of fun: just some of the words which are used to describe the Suzuki SV650. This middleweight V-twin bike shows that it is possible to be a good all-rounder without compromising on quality. It’s also so easy to ride that novice riders will find it a breeze whilst experienced riders will also find something to love. With a new 2016 model on the market, the used prices for the earlier bikes are also pretty sweet.
The SV650 has a liquid-cooled DOHC engine which is so smooth you barely know its running. It is flexible and responsive and more than capable of handling just about anything thrown at it. Suzuki engines are generally reliable too which means you can take this out in confidence. It also offers a light ride with handles well, with accurate steering and more than adequate suspension and brakes. It is let down a little by the lack of space for taller riders but those of average height should find the riding position comfortable whether you want to thrash this bike on the track or pile it with luggage and go touring.
It’s worth noting that this is a bargain bike which means that it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles but this is certainly something which could be changed over time. It is competitively priced with low running costs and cheap insurance. Although it remains a popular bike, these bikes are easy to pick up especially if you opt for an earlier model.
Suzuki SV650 Bike Spec
- Top speed126mph
- Average fuel consumption40mpg
- Seat height800mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC, V Twin
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Personally not been a big fan of the v shaped engines. Can make it hard to remove/replace spark plugs. Lot of engine braking compared to it's inline counterparts. it's low on HP compared to it's inline counterparts too. But also has an ECU and Throttle restriction option for A2 licence holders.
The ease of changing spark plugs. also i'd prefer a dipstick for oil measuring instead of a window. but that's not a major issue.
I usually use this for my long journeys on motorways. There is a bridge with regular bumps on it which can be annoying at motorway speeds but otherwise is good to go.
I've only had it for a year. but has been running really well for it's age.
Braking is really good. However, this bike has uprated brakes as a gsxr frontend is on it.
It rides well. good with corners. turning angle is a bit small and difficult with gsxr forks fitted to the bike but can get use to with some practice.
It's the weakest bike in terms of HP that i've owned and it definitely shows in some cases.
The fuel consumption seems to be the same as the other bikes i've had that are similar/same in engine size.
Great ride too early to write too much
Horn not loud enough, and rear lights could be brighter
Slightly to much lent over the tank for long distance
A slight miss fire but never broke down
Lightweight, smooth, Corners well
Responsive and torquey
Good on fuel
Great for passengers
Never had an issue
Handles good for a heavy bike
Decent fuel Economy
Easy to ride, cheap to buy and maintain. Great value.
Seat. This requires either a custom upgrade by purchaser or better padding by manufacturer
Quite slip and hard padding on the all in one seat. Suitable for journeys of 1 to 1.5 hours .
Better than older models. Nice deep gloss on frame and tank. Minimal discolouration on exposed fixings to brake lines or engine cases.
Firm and progressive. Plenty of feel
Very nice compliant ride well sprung and damped. Balances well with low centre of gravity. Neutral steering light and well balanced
Very grunty low down will pull away with closed throttle on level ground. Once the revs reach 3000 rpm, pulls strongly to redline. Makes for easy overtakes.
Very cheap to run and maintain. Full tank is good for 160 miles. Service costs are some of the cheapest as most major components are easily accessible.
I like that old school look with modern design
Not too much. In naked bike middle class category , price compare to every think else is unbeatable
It is not a tourer
25000 miles in 2,5 years. No problem.only regular service
Great brakes with abs combination
Amazing handling, very Good in city
You have to understand this is not superbike category, but I did 130miles/h
150miles per tank
Suitable for long distances
Have never been broken
Its very lightweight
Difficult, it looks amazing and rides really well.
A louder exhaust
Very comfortable and can stay out on it all day without any issues.
All good and looks good…
Manufacturers system and really good…
A great punchy ride, handles well on corners, good fun… Due to being short can fell a little top heavy when manoeuvring.
Good power especially at the bottom end and sounds good. Although I’m hoping to fit another exhaust to make it growl more and give it more punch.
Approximately £250 a year living on the Isle of Man.
Narrow, low to ground for 5.7 rider.
Quite stiff going over bumps but great on on normal roads.
Solid construction as you would expect by Suzuki. The SV has been round for a long time and now finally looks the part too match the performance.
Great lightweight narrow bike. Perfect for commuting if you need to get past traffic.
650 on a lightweight bike. Never ever struggled on my motorway commutes. Got the power there as it's a v-twin ready and waiting.
Roughly over 220 miles a week - would require two fuel stops per week. Using premium unleaded 1 full tank would be £15.
Perfect first big bike, great commuter whilst being fantastically fun at the weekend too.
More responsive suspension.
Great for the commute, good for long journeys.
Never broken down.
Two front brakes powerful enough to stop you sharply when you need them, with plenty of feel for the novice rider.
Lovely lightweight and flickable big bike.
Great first bike.
Great value to run.
Tire inflation sensors.
650 twin great power.
Handing going into corners
Easy to ride, great torque and excellent handling.
Good fuel consumption and parts are average prices.
Its v twin torque. Its so addictive and for a big feeling bike its easy to throw in and out of the corners.
Ride is ok. Obviously the front shocks and brakes are a bit lame and spongey but there ate plenty of options to upgrade.
Vtwin torque is so much fun. Pulls away quick. Tops out about 128.
Cheap as chips in everything. Fuel, insurance and maintenance.
Pretty solid built. Feels sturdy and robust especially when am throwing it around the twistys of Scotland.
Brakes are good anf responsive, however the shocks kind let it down.
Handles really well and pulls nicely
Fix the wet weather issues with the bike which I have done by putting a guard over the front spark plug to stop the water getting in
Corners great. Rides well, heavy engine braking so unless used it feels jolty
Feels quite powerful
When I commute I do about 200 miles a week which costs me about £15
Regulator issues also if ridden in rain front cylinder clogs with water causing stuttering and stalling
Handles braking quite well but the brakes themselves are lacking
Light and nimble
Light and agile, turns and steers quickly
Peachy v twin, smooth and reasonable power
Pretty good on fuel, servicing far less than my Ducati, no surprises there!
Typical Suzuki build, not up to Honda quality
Uprated with Hel stainless brake lines and sintered pads, much better.
It sounds good with a race pipe. It's comfortable for touring. Fuel economy is good. Very underrated meaning very keen prices.
Overall build quality
Medium weight handles well in corners
It's has power where I need it. It's not a sports bike bit has the power in the mid range. Ideal for touring.
Overall build quality
Build quality is good but still not as good as Honda. No mechanical faults.
Good grip. Brakes are reasonable. Emergency stops have been done.
Loveable little machine with enough torque to put a grin on your face, perfect for A2 riders and DAS riders alike.
Build quality and suspension
Corners well, however sometimes you feel the backend slipping out. Front end feels like a pogo stick under braking. Would benefit from suspension upgrades.
Torquey and fun, perfect for A2 licence riders like myself
Build quality and suspension
Reg rectifier caused me a 3 mile push home one rainy night
Front brakes are double discs and are very sharp, rear can lock up if pressed too hard
FUN AND EASY TO RIDE
Better night lights
Light and easy to ride
The engine in my bike fuel injected and the performance is brilliant for the engine size
Cheap to run and insure.
excellent build quality
Brakes well, dual disc on the front, drum on the rear.
Seat height Smooth Power Braking system
Lightweight with great seat height. Smooth ride on all roads I've encountered so far.
Has plenty of power in reserve for when it's needed. Doesn't feel like it it will chuck you off wish is great for a new rider.
Tank can get about 200miles which suits me as it covers a round trip to other offices without issues. Can't comment on yearly costs as only had it a few months but cheaper to run than my car.
Built quality generally seems ok. Had a crack in the rear fairing but dealer was quick to sort.
Always feel confident when braking, even when it's a little late.
It's a tested and proven mid range Suzuki 650…they have not really re-invented the wheel here…from a rider/consumer point of view. Does the job nicely.
I cannot understand why: 1) Petrol tank getting smaller…as a commuter I would like maximum range…the original SV's had about 18L capacity (if I remember correctly). I seem to spend half my life filling up at petrol stations. 2) The SV was 166kg dry…why are the new ones 200kg? The lightness of the original SV was like riding on the wings of angels 3) Consumption in town is about 15% to 20% higher than on the road, the fuel gage light comes on quite soon.
Good for commute in town and motorway, although in the latter it is windier than the Gladius which had a bigger front headlamp faring. BUt I like this one for the looks…it does not look like taken out of Transformers film. Has the power and comfort. Feels light despute it's 200kg
Good power for commuting and motorways with a 100kg rider (i.e. me!)
Too early to tell after 1year and 4k miles.
Had it for 1 year and 4k miles so hard to tell so far. Seems fine although taking the seat off is a hustle.
ABS seems nice although I cannot really tell the difference.
Would recommend for everyday riding, nice first big bike.
Quality of materials they can rust.
Quality of materials they can rust.
Some cheap materials
Great bike. As my first I wasn't expecting something so versatile. It's fantastic for the daily commute, easy to control (which makes filtering a doddle), and great fun at the weekends with enough power to put a smile on your face each time you take her out. The torque low down in the rev-range. Excellent first bike. Cheap to run.
Front forks are a little soft for some Lacks the styling of other newer models such as the MT07
As good as the SV650 has ever been. The front forks are still considered a little soft, but it's perfect for city commuting with weekend fun.
It lacks the explosion of power that the inline-fours have, but this engine is super torquey at low revs. Great fun for overtaking, and zipping about town
Front forks are a little soft for someLacks the styling of other newer models such as the MT07
Stunning piece of kit. Everything feels solid.
With ABS this thing stops dead. Without, the braking distances are increased but still feels like there's lots of easily controllable stopping power
Great bike. Everyone should own one at some point in their motorcycle journey. It pulls like a dog and is so reliable. Bullet proof engin. Only down points are the back breaks and the slightly "boaty" feeling compared to a sports bike.
Compared to a Nina and Aprilia, translation is more difficult, need to have revs spot on. Quite heavy and difficult to lean past 45 degrees.
Will pull your arms off if you ask it to. But is very well controlled and had a great power delivery.
Front brakes are supreme. Back brakes are shocking and can't stop the bike, purely for stability.