Suzuki SV650 S (2003 - present)

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Marcaac
Reviewed: 11 February 2015

Fantastic Beginner Bike!

Beautiful thumping V-Twin
Plenty of power
Power range is consistent
Riding position isn't as aggressive as some sports bikes
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I passed my test in September and bought my SV650S K8 Sport from a friend who had to sell for family reasons. I must admit it was the best amount of money i've spent in years! I have been riding for 2 years now from jumping on a CBR125R to then going to this was a welcomed change of pace. once i'd adjusted to the riding position which is a lot different to a 125 literally due to the size. It is a beautifully flowing bike I trust. I ride mine through all weathers whilst taking good care of her and she does the same to me. The length and weight of the bike seems to fill you with confidence with the weighty lump of the V-twin if you feel the back slide a little. You don't feel it's going to decide to highside you as soon as it catches grip like you might if you were riding a slightly shorter / lighter bike. There is so much control. The only tiny things i've done to improve the ride are shorty levers and will soon to be putting some HEL lines on to try and increase the braking performance along with pads and discs.

In short, you will not regret this as a first big bike!!
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
3.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
5.0

Marcaac would recommend this product
typhon219
Reviewed: 11 February 2015

About as good value as you'll ever get

light, agile, punchy, simple to work on, cheap to own, frugal, easy to ride, comfortable,full of character, lots of choice out there for bikes and parts, does anything and everything very well
an old bike so suspension is soft, a little stretched to the bars, wind protection could be alot better (subject to size and shape of the rider)
what a fantastic little bike. I bought one last year to replace a gixxer 750 that had to go after I was made redundant. It's been an absolute blast to..er..blast.

I use it everyday for work and put some miles in over the weekend too. I've owned lots of bikes and played on far more but even compared to the latest and greatest this little Suzuki is a belter. It never fails to put a smile on my face.

I paid £1450 inc delivery for a 2002 SV650 S with 8K on the clock in mint condition so it's cost me peanuts to buy. Insurance isn't much more than a 125 for me, tax is tax but the maintenance costs are low as I can do so much myself (I'm not an expert so it's beginner freindly) and the economy is good. I'm getting around 55 mpg I think, 160 miles + per tank (I dont really push further than that)and I've heard of people getting better.

Handling wise it's wonderful. very light and chuckable even on old crappy suspension. I know freshening up the forks/shock will make it even better. The engine is a peach and punches well above its weight, giving plenty of useable power despite "only" having 69 BHP. It's a bike as happy chugging in town as it is screaming around some fun parts. It's pretty comfy too but the bars are a stretch which can be a pain after a while. I've seen no build quality probs either.

I can't really reccomend the bike enough. doesn't matter if you're new to biking or an old hand, this is probably the most versatile bike around and without doubt bikings best bargain.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
3.0
Build Quality:
4.0

typhon219 would recommend this product
ImperialManiac
Reviewed: 16 May 2014

As far as value-for-money all rounders go, the SV is definitely up there.

The SV650 is cheap to buy second hand, cheap to insure, and cheap to run. It can do everything from 1000 mile touring adventures to everyday commuting and track days. Just the right mixture of sports styling/ergonomics and practical features.

I'm 6'6" and therefore finding a bike that didn't cause my legs to fall off was a priority, I can say that the bike does well in this regard. The engine is simply awesome, fires up in all weathers and is very torquey, which is nice when you've been restricted to 33bhp.
The SV is a bike that can do everything well, but there are always going to be other bikes that can do it better. The suspension (especially the front) is very spongy, and likes to dive a lot under heavy braking. The brakes could be sharper, the seat could be more comfortable, and it's not going to give race bikes any issues on track.

Many people have swapped the front forks for GSXR forks and swapped out the rear shock for that of a zx-10r.
The market is flooded with SVs for a good reason, they are excellent, reliable all-rounders. I have just returned from an 1000 mile trip around England and Wales, and it never let me down (although I did have to replace the clutch lever and gear shifter when someone knocked it over, but these were relatively simple repairs and the parts were easy to source). It is just as comfortable taking on the Welsh mountain twisties as it is with hours of motorway cruising. I was as quick as my mate on a 636, but also had all my stuff in a tank bag.

For me, as a first big bike, it does everything I want it to, and the fuel consumption, whilst a lot more than my CBF, isn't too bad either. I'm currently on a 33bhp restricted license and and the bike is restricted via an ECU, it doesn't really affect the bike too much, it still feels to me like it's accelerating pretty quick! I think most of the restriction comes from cutting down the top speed from 120mph to 90mph.

If you're only interested in buying a tourer, or a sports bike, then other more specialised bikes will do it a lot better. And if you've got the dosh, then a VFR is probably a better bike, but good luck getting one of those, and getting it restricted/insured when you're 21!

In the real world the relative ease of restriction and cheap second hand price of the SV really gives in an edge over the CB500 and the MT-06. Both of which are brand new and so can't be picked up on the cheap second hand.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
3.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

ImperialManiac would recommend this product
Finbar888
Reviewed: 10 August 2013

Fun, good looking bike that is economical to run and reliable as a VW

Easy to maintain, loads of aftermarket parts, sounds awesome with a decent exhaust, good MPG, cheap insurance, handles well, brakes & suspension are easily and relatively cheap to sort, tons of character.
Overall finish is not great so requires regular cleaning greasing ( not a bad thing though as I enjoy cleaning my bike but may be an issue for some), suspension is soft and forks bottom out under heavy braking ( especially if you are hefty like me) - easily fixed though. Brakes are adequate but again easily upgraded with braided lines.
I have been to europe twice and found it delivered up to 65mpg and we weren't hanging around either. It is very reliable and fun to ride. I am having difficulty convincing myself to upgrade to something more modern as i love this little thing. Overall an amazing bike for the money. With a few tweeks to suspension & brakes it will keep you very entertained. You will easily fall in love with it's character - torquey, gorgeous sounding and good looking. £2500 - £3000 will get you a cracking bike with low miles (2007-08 around 6-10k). The vast majority of owners look after them and add the usual useful mods such as front fender extender, hugger, tail tidy and exhaust.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
3.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
3.0

Finbar888 would recommend this product
jacpotsafc
Reviewed: 26 April 2013

Absolutely perfect first bike as very forgiving and looks like it goes much faster than it does

When you first get on this for your first ride following just just passing your test on one of the bike schools crappy uprights you feel like you've gettin a moto gp bike. It's fruity engine makes u feel like your on a rocket which is perfect for newbies. There very forgiving and handle well and are ideal for starting your biking experience. Cheap to buy, cheap to run and cheap to insure.
Once your used to it you realise how slow it is compared to bigger bikes, the brakes aren't great and if you can modify them I'd recommend that. There's millions around so selling them might mean loosing out a bit but I managed to get my money back.
Perky v twin that grows your confidence and abilities. Definitely recommend this for your first bike
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
3.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
3.0
Build Quality:
4.0

jacpotsafc would recommend this product
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