Revised SV650S for 2014

Imminent changes are the reason Suzuki hasn’t yet made a 47bhp version of the budget all-rounder

Posted: 26 September 2013
by Visordown News

The current SV650S Street

SUZUKI is understood to have revised the SV650S for 2014.

Sources say the imminent changes to the popular budget all-rounder are the reason Suzuki has not yet produced a restricted 47bhp version for A2 licence holders.

The SV650S makes 71bhp as standard. There is a restricted version but it makes only 33bhp, the old limit for new licence holders, superseded by 47bhp in January.

At £4,975 plus on-the-road charges, the model is priced to compete for new riders with Honda’s £5,095 CBR500R – or would be, if Suzuki supplied an up-to-date restrictor kit.   

The fact the firm has held off suggests the revisions are significant enough to rule-out the old and new versions sharing the same restrictor kit.

The revised model is likely to be unveiled at the Milan bike show in November.

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IF you shop around these can be had for £3995.

check out October issue of Performance bikes.

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 12:18

Pretty weak excuse. Manufacturers had over 6 years to get 35kW bikes ready, and it's hardly rocket science to tweak the ECU or (Kawasaki style) just bolt on a throttle stop.

My sources (the fillings in my teeth) say that any delay was because Suzuki have been trying to kill off the SV for years and replace it with the SVF - heck, they even erased the Gladius name, presumably to try and muddy the waters.

But those bloody customers just keep coming in and saying "No, I'll have the cheaper, pointy looking one, thanks all the same, even though you haven't updated it for over a decade. We still love it, even if you don't."

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 13:51

Would have bought one if the riding position of the SV650S had been similar to the Gladius, eg. more upright

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 14:10

The SV ought to have been killed off by the Gladius. Problem is, the Gladius is a replacement for the naked SV which, erm, no one bought. With the popularity of the faired SV, and the fact that the Gladius has the improved innards, you'd think that Suzuki would have created an 'SFV650-S' by now and ditched the old bike. Suzuki needs some new models. This would be a pretty cheap way to develop one and it could be a good seller, particularly with a free 47bhp ECU when bought new.

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 16:21

Suzuki need alot of new models and more competitive pricing,come too think of it [ditto] yamaha.

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 19:07

SVs make great track bikes.

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 22:38

Agreed, the lack of a half and fully faired SVF650 (Gladius as was) is baffling. Honda have, as usual, done it right with the NC700 and CB500 which comes in naked, softroad and (CBR500R) pointy styles all based on the same basic bike. See also the CBR600F being a Hornet in a frock.

Suzuki tried that with the Bandit 650, with naked, half and fully faired (GSX650F) versions. But for reasons best known to themselves, didn't do a softroad one, they kept the SVF and SV going as well, and have now dropped the Bandit branded 650s in the UK, leaving them with 4 completely different bikes filling the naked, half, fully faired and softroad budget roles. Perhaps they're all the best bikes for those roles, but it'll be costing them much more in manufacturing than if they'd pulled a Honda and based them on or two common platforms.

Oh, I see their eternal sale rolls on, with £800 off of the SVF650 (Gladius), making it *cheaper* than the SV650S, which isn't on offer. That probably says a lot about how well they're both selling.

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 08:30

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