Suzuki SV650 Retrospective

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By Troy Siahaan

In 1999 who would have ever thought Suzuki’s unassuming SV650 would become a cult classic? The basic motorcycle, with its 645cc V-Twin, may have had components sourced from the bargain bin within the factory, but the sum of its parts was so affordable, and so enjoyable to toss around, riders all over the globe hold the bike in high regard – including MOrons like Yours Truly and Editorial Director Sean Alexander. Both of whom have owned, modified, and raced SVs.

Next week Suzuki is holding its U.S. press introduction of the new 2017 SV650 which I’ll be attending (so be on the lookout for the First Ride Review!), but in lieu of the intro we felt it was a good time to take a look back at the SV over the years. Below you’ll find a spec chart featuring four generations of the SV650 in America. We’re sticking mainly with naked versions of the SV since the new bike is sans fairings, but the specs are mostly the same between the S and N models. Also included here is the Gladius/SFV650 because as much as the media (MO included) and the riding public may have ridiculed its name and the strange direction Suzuki took in the styling department, it’s basically the third generation SV with a different name. That and its chassis and engine form the basis of the new bike.

First Gen (1999 – 2002)


What better place to start than with the first SV. At its heart is the 645cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, 90-degree V-Twin that has become legendary. Its bore and stroke measurements of …read more

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