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A strong v-twin engine and a sporty chassis combined to make the SV650S one of the best all-around bikes you can buy. With both naked and faired versions, including versions with ABS, the SV650 is a bike that anyone can build to suit.
Our Suzuki SV650 Review:
There may be a bit of a bias in this review since the Suzuki SV650S is a favourite among many of the contributors to BeginnerMotorcycleReviews.com. Most of us prefer the faired version, though that’s not saying that the naked version of the SV650 isn’t a look either.
Regardless of which version you go with you’ll find yourself in command of one of the best all-around bikes you can buy, especially if you get the version with ABS (anti-lock brakes). A stiff chassis and sporty suspension allow the bike to really lean into the corners, though hardcore riders may find the suspension a tad bit soft when pushing the bike to the limits. A common modification to these bikes among those who ride them hard is to swap out the suspension for that of a Suzuki GSX-R600- an upgrade that most riders, including riders who race their bikes casually, won’t likely need or want to do.
The v-twin motor packs plenty of punch, with roughly 73 horsepower and 47ft-lbs of torque on hand. The best part is that all of this power is usable- full delivery is before 9,000 rpm, with maximum torque at 7,500 rpm. The v-twin may not redline at stratospheric levels, but its linear power delivery will keep all but the most advanced riders smiling as they twist and turn through the corners.
In fact, the SV650S is quite popular among the racing crowd as the bike is so balanced and predictable that you commonly see them placing ahead of some super-sport bikes. Thanks to a usable power band riders find that they can accelerate through the corner without worry of hitting a sudden power spike, something common on the super-sport bikes being sold today.
With a quarter mile time of 11.8 seconds, and a 0-60 sprint of just 3.6 seconds, the Suzuki SV650S will likely be the fastest vehicle you’ll ever pilot. All but the most exotic sports cars will only see your taillights if you so choose, and while doing so you’ll enjoy a consistent 45mpg.
One complaint we do have about the SV650S is that its engine is very responsive to every little input. While we grew to appreciate the engines responsiveness, new riders may find it intimidating until they get the hang of it. However, that being said, we feel that the Suzuki SV650S is probably the best “big 650” that a new rider could learn on. It’s smooth, very reliable, and not a bad looker either. Just exercise caution when you first get on, as if you’ve never piloted a motorcycle before the SV560S will be a fantastic, though somewhat daunting, experience.
As always, new riders should take time to get familiar with the bike before attempting to use the ample power it provides. Like the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, the SV650 is capable of reaching extremes that will exceed a new rider’s abilities. Being gentle with the throttle and brake inputs and the bike will reward you with a smooth and relaxed ride; twist the throttle quickly and be prepared to get to wherever you’re going in a hurry. In either case, the SV650 is capable of being a cuddly teddy bear or a raging bull- which one it is depends on how you want it to be.
The Bottom Line:
This bike may be too much machine for riders who are afraid to spending some time to learn its capabilities, but if you are willing to dedicate the time required to learn how to control it properly it will reward you with a great ride, good fuel economy, and smile after g-force induced smile. Highly recommended.
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