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Suzuki SV650
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2006 Suzuki SV650S
Manufacturer Suzuki
Production 1999–2012
Class Standard (SV650), sport bike (SV650S)[1]
2001 Suzuki SV650S
2003 Suzuki SV650S
2004 Suzuki SV650
2008 SV650
Race Prepped 2001 SV650

The Suzuki SV650 and variants are street motorcycles manufactured since 1999 for the international market by the Suzuki Motor Corporation, featuring a mid-sized V-twin engine and medium performance components. In 2009, Suzuki replaced the naked SV650 with the SFV650 Gladius. In 2016, the Gladius name was discontinued and the model was reverted to SV650.

First generation (1999–2002)[edit]

Suzuki introduced the SV650 in 1999 as a budget entry in the emerging naked bike market and featured both naked and fully faired versions.[2] The bike provided a sporty though easily manageable ride. The combination of light weight, rigid chassis, strong handling, and the V-twin's strong mid-range torque appealed to beginner and experienced riders alike. While Suzuki has clearly modeled the first generation of the bike's aesthetics after the Suzuki TL1000S, there is also a clear influence from the Ducati Monster.[citation needed] The TL is still considered the "big brother" of the SV650. The 2003 SV1000 replaced the TL Series (TL1000S and TL1000R) and Suzuki marketed it as a bigger alternative to the second generation SV650.

The SV650 immediately became popular, but American buyers wanted the sportier 'S' version that featured lower handlebars, higher foot pegs and a bikini fairing and windscreen, available only in the European and Canadian markets. American magazines ran articles describing how to import it into the United States. In 2000, Suzuki began importing the SV650S to the USA.

Because of the relatively low purchase price and excellent handling characteristics, the SV650 became popular with racers which prompted a rebirth of the "lightweight twins" racing classes across North America and the SV650 began winning against the aged Suzuki GS500, Honda NT650 and Kawasaki Ninja 500R, which previously populated the class.

Second generation (2003–2012)[edit]

In 2003, Suzuki redesigned the SV650 with a new pressure-cast aluminum truss frame, new bodywork, new swing-arm with revised rear brake caliper mounting, new exhaust, brand new digital speedometer display and a new electronic fuel injection/induction system to replace the carburetor.

The 2003 SV650s also supported some first generation parts (like the rearsets and radiator). The subframe is also angled up higher than 2004+ models. The different subframe has year-specific parts, such as the rider seat, plastic frame covers, exhaust hanger brackets and passenger pegs.

For 2004, Suzuki used a new, 40 mm lower subframe and a seat with a narrower design in the front.This made flat footing easier for shorter riders. The trail was raised by 2 mm, and the rear fender was restyled to clean up the area under the tail lights and provide more protection against flying debris.

In 2005, the frame was changed from silver to a matte black finish and the radiator size was decreased from 440 to 410 mm (17 to 16 in).

For 2007, both SV650 and SV650S added dual spark plugs per cylinder, and an exhaust gas oxygen sensor on California models for reduced emissions. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) was also added as an option.

For 2008, alongside the traditional SV650 and SV650S models, Suzuki offered a new SV650 Sport (UK) or SV650SF (US) model with a more traditional complete fairing. The SV650S was removed from the US market.

In September 2008, Suzuki Australia introduced the SV650SU, a de-tuned version of the SV650S, to augment their range of motorcycles that comply with the country's Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS).[3]

The 2009 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius replaced the SV650 naked version in the USA; however, a naked 2009 SV650 is available in Canada. Although the naked version was superseded by the Gladius, the SV650S model remained in the UK and Australian line-up through to 2012.[4]

Third generation (2016)[edit]

The 2016 model SV650/A has returned to the more conventional styling of the pre Gladius naked version. Suzuki claims the wet weight for the non-ABS model is 195 kg(430 lbs) wet and 197 kg (434 lbs) for the ABS model. Its engine develops 4 additional horse power and features a low-speed stalling prevention system (low RPM assist) to make the bike more suited to beginners and easier to ride in stop/go traffic. It has an easy start push button control. It meets Euro 4 emission regulations. It has a new, slim, steel frame. Seat height is 785mm(30.9"). Fuel tank capacity is 13.8 litres or 15.5 litres in the US market. It has twin front disc brakes, and new 39mm slimmer and lighter throttle bodies.[5] In November 2015 Suzuki announced[6] at EICMA 2015 that the SV650 will return in 2016 as a 2017-model year product.[7][8]

Current market situation[edit]

Motorcycles with comparable motor characteristic are Honda CB650F / Honda CBR650F, Kawasaki ER-6n / Kawasaki Ninja 650, Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha FZ6R and Yamaha MT-07 and it is, with similar performance specifications, much more affordable than the likes of the Ducati Scrambler and KTM 690 Duke.[9][10]


Model year 1999-2002 2003 2004-2006 2007 2008-2014 2017
Suzuki Year Codes X ('99), Y ('00), K1, K2 K3 K4, K5, K6 K7 K8, K9
Suzuki Models SV650 (naked)

SV650S (half-fairing)

SV650 (naked)

SV650S (half-fairing)

SV650 (naked)

SV650S (half-fairing)

SV650 (naked)

SV650A (ABS)

SV650S (half-fairing)

SV650SA (half-fair'd+ABS)

SV650 (naked)

SV650A (ABS)

SV650SF (full-fairing)

SV650SA (full-fair'd+ABS)



Engine Type 645 cc (39.4 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin
TSCC (Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber)
Added Twin spark plugs per cylinder

and O2 sensor for improved emissions

Bore x stroke 81.0 mm × 62.6 mm (3.19 in × 2.46 in)
Compression 11.5:1 11.2:1
Power 64.2 hp (47.9 kW) @ 9000 rpm[11] 73.4 hp (54.7 kW) @ 8800 rpm(rear wheel)[12] 74.9 hp (55.9 kW) @ 8500 rpm (claimed)[13]
Torque 42.3 lbf·ft (57.4 N·m) @ 7200 rpm[11] 47.2 lbf·ft (64.0 N·m) @ 7000 rpm(rear wheel)[12] 47 lb·ft (64 N·m)@ 8100 rpm (claimed)[13]
Fuel system Mikuni BDSR39 x2 Fuel injection
Ignition Digital transistorized
Frame Aluminium alloy oval tube trellis Pressure cast aluminium alloy diamond truss
Front suspension Kayaba 41 mm telescopic fork, 132 mm (5.2 in) wheel travel.
Non-adjustable (1999-2001).
Adjustable pre-load (2002).
41 mm damping rod fork, 130 mm (5.1 in) travel.
Adjustable pre-load.
Rake 25°
Trail 100 mm (3.9 in) 102 mm (4.0 in) (naked), 100mm (3.9 in ) (S, SF, SA)
Rear suspension Kayaba single shock, Adjustable pre-load.

127mm (5.0 in) wheel travel.

337mm length. 9.1 kg/mm (510 in/lb) spring rate

KYB (formally Kayaba) single shock, Adjustable pre-load.

330mm bolt-to-bolt length. 7.7 kg/mm (430 in/lb) spring rate

Front brakes Dual 290 mm floating discs
Rear brakes Single 240 mm disc
ABS N/A Optional
Front tire 120/60-ZR17 MC (55W), tubeless 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear tire 160/60-ZR17 MC (69W), tubeless
Length 2045 mm (80.5 in) 2125 mm (83.7 in)
2130 mm (83.9 in) (S)
2080 mm (81.9 in)
2085 mm (82.1 in) (S)
2080 mm (81.9 in)
2085 mm (82.1 in) (S)

2120 mm (83.5 in) (A, SA)

2080 mm (81.9 in)
2085 mm (82.1 in) (SF)

2120 mm (83.5 in) (A, SA)

2140 mm (84.2in.)
Width 740 mm (29.5 in) 745 mm (29.3 in)
730 mm (28.7 in) (S)
745 mm (29.3 in)
730 mm (28.7 in) (S)
745 mm (29.3 in) (naked, A)
730 mm (28.7 in) (S, SA)
745 mm (29.3 in) (naked, A)
730 mm (28.7 in) (SF, SA)
760 mm (29.9in.)
Height 1130 mm (44.5 in) 1085 mm (42.7 in)
1175 mm (46.3 in) (S)
1085 mm (42.7 in)
1170 mm (46.1 in) (S)
1085 mm (42.7 in) (naked, A)
1170 mm (46.1 in) (S, SA)
1085 mm (42.7 in) (naked, A)
1170 mm (46.1 in) (SF, SA)
Wheelbase 1420 mm (55.9 in) 1440 mm (56.7 in)
1430 mm (56.3 in) (S)
1440 mm (56.7" in)
1430 mm (56.3 in) (S)
1440 mm (56.7 in)
1430 mm (56.1 in) (S)
1470 mm (57.9 in) (A, SA)
1440 mm (56.7 in)
1430 mm (56.3 in) (S, SA)
1470 mm (57.9 in) (SF)
1445 mm (56.9in.)
Seat height 805 mm (31.7 in) 800 mm (31.5 in) 785 mm (30.9in.)
Ground clearance 140 mm (5.5 in) 155 mm (6.1 in) (S) 150 mm (5.9 in)
155 mm (6.1 in) (S)
150 mm (5.9 in)
155 mm (6.1 in) (S, SA, SF)
150 mm (5.9 in)
155 mm (6.1 in) (SA, SF)
Dry weight 165 kg (364 US lbs)[verification needed][14] 169 kg (372 US lbs) (S)[verification needed][14] 167 kg (368 US lbs)[verification needed][14] 171 kg (376 US lbs) (S)[verification needed][14] 165 kg (363 US lbs)[verification needed][14] 169 kg (372 US lbs) (S)[verification needed][14] 168 kg (370 US lbs)[verification needed][14] 171 kg (376 US lbs) (A)[verification needed][14]

172 kg (379 US lbs) (S)[verification needed][14]

175 kg (385 US lbs) (SA)[verification needed][14]

168 kg (370 US lbs)[verification needed][14] 171 kg (376 US lbs) (A)[verification needed][14]

[not confirmed] (SF)

[not confirmed] (SA)

Wet weight 189 kg (417 lb)[11] 198 kg (437 lb)[12] 195 kg (429.9lbs.)

197 kg (434.3lbs.) (ABS)

Fuel capacity 16 L (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal)15 L (3.3 imp gal; 4.0 US gal) (California) 17 L (3.7 imp gal; 4.5 US gal)
16 L (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal) (California)
3.8 US gal (14.5 L) / 3.6 US gal (13.8 L) CA model
Oil capacity Without filter change: 2.3 L (2.4 US qt), With filter change: 2.7 L (2.9 US qt), Overhaul: 3.1 L (3.3 US qt)[14]
Engine coolant capacity 1.6 L (1.7 US qt)[14] 1.7 L (1.8 US qt)}[14]
Primary reduction 34/71 (2.088)
1st gear 32/13 (2.461)
2nd gear 32/18 (1.777)
3rd gear 29/21 (1.380)
4th gear 27/24 (1.125)
5th gear 25/26 (0.961)
6th gear 23/27 (0.851)
Final reduction 45/15 (3.000)
Final drive #525 O-ring chain
Valve angle 14° intake, 16° exhaust
Intake valves 31 mm
Intake valve stem 4.5 mm
Intake valve lift 8.1 mm 8.7 mm
Exhaust valves 25.5 mm
Exhaust valve stem 4.5 mm
Exhaust valve lift 6.1 mm 7.3 mm
14 mile (0.40 km) 11.85 @ 110.17 mph (177.30 km/h)[11]
0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) 3.20 sec[11]
0–100 mph (0–161 km/h) 8.76 sec[11]
Roll on, 60–80 mph (97–129 km/h)
Braking distance
from 60 mph (97 km/h)
36.08 m (118.4 ft)[11]
Fuel economy 46 mpg‑US (5.1 L/100 km; 55 mpg‑imp)[11]
Model year 1999-2002 2003 2004-2006 2007 2008-2009 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Performance Index" (PDF). Motorcycle Consumer News. January 2008. p. 31. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  2. ^ Keen, James (December 21, 2009). "Suzuki SV650 Model History". Motorcycle News. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Suzuki Further Enhances LAMS Range". Suzuki Cycles. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 - Model Archive - Road". Suzuki Website. Suzuki Australia Pty Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Suzuki Motor Corporation, Hamamatsu City,Japan AO112-271 SV650A L7 product information. Nov 2015.
  6. ^ Gustafson, Joseph (2015-11-17). "2016 Suzuki SV650: The Miata Of The Moto World Is Back! Well, Kinda...". Jalopnik. 
  7. ^ Lieback, Ron (2015-11-17). "2017 Suzuki SV650 Unveiled: The True SV Returns". Ultimate Motorcycling. 
  8. ^ "2017 SV650 ABS Product Page". Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  9. ^ Ben Akhurst (2016-06-14). "2017 Suzuki SV650 LAM – SWEET & NEAT". BIKE ME!. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  10. ^ Mark Gardiner (2016-06-30). "Is the 600 cc race replica doomed to extinction?". RevZilla. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Suzuki SV650 (evaluation)", Cycle World, Newport Beach, California: Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., vol. 38 no. 5, pp. 76–83, May 1999, ISSN 0011-4286 
  12. ^ a b c Tuttle, Jr, Mark (2004), "2004 Honda 599 vs 2004 Suzuki SV650 vs 2004 Yamaha FZ6", Rider, archived from the original on 2010-11-27, retrieved 2011-02-04 
  13. ^ a b "New V-Twin SV650". Suzuki. 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Suzuki Service Manual. 

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