This will go more or less unnoticed, except for those wanting to enter the little Suzuki roadster in certain championships. Something has changed in the response of the right lever. Let’s take a closer look: the brake calipers go from 2 to 4 pistons in 2019. A plus for braking, a very timid development for this nice machine which has a bitter fight to wage against the MT-07 and Z 650.
In 2016, the year that marked the return of the SV, after a long break filled by the unloved Gladius. Still, the excellent mid-displacement twin that has taken so many bikers on the SV, SV-S and V-Strom has always been thrilling. But the setting was not necessarily up to the task. Let’s forget about it and see how the little Suzuki roadster will try to find the aura of his first loves.
Years have passed, and the OAS has calmed down. Or rather, she did not follow fashion like the girlfriends. Impertinence has accompanied the evolution of roadsters in the intermediate range. Not for the Suz whose design seems to come out of a box stuck in the late 90s. It is not ugly, not at all. It is even elegant, pleasant to look at, the Gladius’ emetic pot has finally passed in the trash and the return of a round headlight is infinitely more appreciable than the previous strange hazelnut. However, the enthusiasm is not there. By wanting to be wise and well behaved, the SV 650 has become almost anonymous. But not necessarily less interesting.
All those who knew the first SV will find it here, refined, modernized, and finished in a beautiful way with a very GSX-R fire. And quite naturally, we will take a close look at the chassis. This is where we are going to bite our teeth. We loved the aluminum frame from the first generation; for the third, it will be the Gladius tubular steel trellis. Like Ducati? Yes, without the Italian charm. As long as he does the job, we won’t hold it against him. It’s up to him to prove it.
Yesterday and tomorrow, the roadster who wrote a great page about Suzuki can count on his twin cylinder. Supple, easy, angry, without reproach, it was an engine that everyone praised. The mechanical department didn’t let him sleep. And as if to clearly forget the Gladius episode, we claim about sixty new pieces in the box. Power climbs to 76 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. A benefit that the torque does not know, constant but perched higher in the towers than before. Frugal, the mill would consume less than 4 liters per 100 km. Yeah ….. Sure, but at steady speed in a hangar with a handful of gas that never moves. Does Suz want to play like all the other manufacturers in announcing consumer figures worthy of automotive hypocrisy? ?!?
it did not escape you; nor to the SV: the time was for the advanced integration of electronics. Traction controls and driving modes are popping up everywhere. The speech is different for the heart of the 645 cm3 twin. Suzuki implanted the "Low RPM Assist", low-speed assistance which facilitates changes when the pistons are agitated moderately. Not stupid, and judicious for novices. A bi can not be handled like a super flexible 4-legged. Do not go playing on a gas net, as this may cause hiccups. The "Low RPM Assist" will smooth it out.
The starter will be assisted by the "Suzuki Easy Start". The GSX-S already knows. One press on the button, no need to stay pressed, and the mill continues on its own until it coughs regularly.
With 140 new parts in all, the SV 650 has come a long way from the SVF. And she lost weight: 8 kilos less. We go under the bar of two quintals, even with ABS. This little beast has only weighed more than 2 kilos in recent years. Anecdote, the 2016 SV weighs 197 kilos all full when the 1999 one only showed 189. To wonder what they eat motorcycles.
This homecoming is synonymous with simplicity. The chassis is not in the shambles: standard 41 mm fork, swingarm of any kind with square sections, 4-piston brake calipers fixed axially, few adjustments. What to pull the prices down. The dashboard did not choose to go back to needle dials. It is a digital window identical to that of the GSX-S. Only different from certain indications, such as the absence of Traction Control or lower engine speed.
OAS is back to its origins. Real good news not sufficiently rewarded by an overly sanitized design (in our opinion). We can bet that a sparkling character and pleasant driving will free your emotions.
M.B – builder media
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SV 650 2018
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medium: 3.90 l
about 200 km / h
The technical aspect
Suzuki SV 650 2019
- Tank: 14.5 liters
- Width: 760 mm
- Height: 1,090 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,445 mm
- Operating weight: 197 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(81 x 62.6 mm)
at 8,500 rpm
at 8,100 rpm