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Buyer Guide: Suzuki SV650

The ultimate buyer’s guide to the SV650 written by the people who actually own the bike...

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Sometimes a bike can add up to much more than the sum of its parts to the extent it punches way above its weight. Suzuki’s SV650 is just such a machine. Most budget bikes involve a basic steel frame and a hand-me-down engine. Not the SV. It’s got bespoke aluminium and a specially designed V-twin which give it unique character and just enough poke. Its huge sales and massive following testify just what a sweet bike it is. The handling and brakes are excellent plus it’s practical and extremely cheap to run as well. Reliability’s good too, if not flawless.

The SV’s popular with ladies and beginners but it’s perfectly capable of satisfying more mature motorcycling palettes, too. It’s at home anywhere from track days to touring to commuting.

To be honest as beginners bikes go, it’s not the easiest to ride. The throttle response is very snatchy and the steering’s rapid. The unfaired ‘N’ version is easier to ride with its upright bars but a confident novice should have no problem with the faired ‘S’.

Almost 100 owners took the time to tell us about their bikes via our on-line questionnaire and almost every one was gushing with praise for the peppy middleweight. Thanks to all!

As well as going well, being reliable, practical, versatile and cheap to run it’s got that X-factor too. It’s a plucky, willing performer that delivers the goods with a side order of charm.

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Suzuki SV650 Specifications

1999 SV650S

Engine 645cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 8 valve, V-twin Power 69bhp @ 9,000rpm Top speed 130mph
Torque 45ftlb @ 7,400rpm Dry weight 169kg Seat height 805mm Fuel capacity 16 litres

1999 SV650N

Engine 645cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 8 valve, V-twin Power 69bhp @ 9,000rpm Top speed 125mph
Torque 45ftlb @ 7,400rpm Dry weight 165kg Seat height 805mm Fuel capacity 16 litres

2003 SV650S

Engine 645cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 8 valve, V-twin Power 69bhp @ 9,000rpm Top speed 132mph
Torque 45ftlb @ 7,400rpm Dry weight 169kg Seat height 800mm Fuel capacity 16 litres

2007 SV650N

Engine 645cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 8 valve, V-twin Power 69bhp @ 9,000rpm Top speed 132mph
Torque 45ftlb @ 7,400rpm Dry weight 169kg Seat height 800mm Fuel capacity 16 litres

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