Suzuki SV650

Updated Gladius/SFV650 or a fresh model? It doesn't matter when the new SV650 is this good
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2016
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Submitted by Simon Greenacre on Tue, 01 Mar 2016

FOLLOWING its release in 1999, it didn’t take long for the SV650 to become one of the pillars of Suzuki’s range and in 2000 it was the second biggest selling bike in Europe (behind the Bandit, no less). People loved the SV for its versatile and capable character; from touring to back lane scratching to commuting and even racing, the SV lapped it up.

Over time, the naked SV became the Gladius (or SFV650 as it’s now called), sprouting a headlight that always makes me think of a bulbous hooter and gaining softer lines. Now it’s being put out to pasture because Suzuki is replacing it with this new SV650. The only thing separating the SFV and SV is the absence of one letter, so we went to Barcelona to see if this new bike is just an updated Gladius or a new SV, and whether it matters.

Click here to read the rest of our Suzuki SV650 review.

FOLLOWING its release in 1999, it didn’t take long for the SV650 to become one of the pillars of Suzuki’s range and in 2000 it was the second biggest selling bike in Europe (behind the Bandit, no less). People loved the SV for its versatile and capable character; from touring to back lane scratching to commuting and even racing, the SV lapped it up.

Over time, the naked SV became the Gladius (or SFV650 as it’s now called), sprouting a headlight that always makes me think of a bulbous hooter and gaining softer lines. Now it’s being put out to pasture because Suzuki is replacing it with this new SV650. The only thing separating the SFV and SV is the absence of one letter, so we went to Barcelona to see if this new bike is just an updated Gladius or a new SV, and whether it matters.

Click here to read the rest of our Suzuki SV650 review.

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Submitted by Geoff McManus2 on Fri, 04/11/2016 - 13:03

Overall Review

After having owned many many bikes over many many years my only regret with regard to the SV is that I have not owned something that suits my needs so admirably. Like everybody else I have bought bikes that I have convinced myself that I needed for that great tour or adventure of a lifetime when in fact what I really needed was and is something that is useable, accessible, does not cost a fortune to buy or run, reliable but most of all fun and that effectively sums up the new SV650.

Strengths

I firmly believe the SV650 engine is one of if not the best road bike power unit yet produced, bold statement I know but it is a delightful, characterful unit which especially in its latest guise has been developed and refined to a point where it is difficult to criticise . The overall package is light, low, torquey and comfortable and not least of all superb value. To put this in prospective, where I live (North Pennines) you see countless GS1200's loaded to the gunnels with every devise known to man with their owners "living the adventure dream" whilst trying for a hernia putting them on the stand at the "adventure cafe" (in Middleton) losing about the same in first year devaluation as the full capital cost of the SV.

Weaknesses

The stock brakes could definitely be improved, they are adequate but lack initial bite and a little more feel would be welcome. Also the bike is much improved by the fitment of something like Michelin PR4's as the standard fit items are somewhat "wooden" in feel and feedback.

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