According to Suzuki, the new 2017 SV650 returns to all the elements that made the original SV a cult classic – but with more of everything. The 645cc liquid-cooled V-Twin has been updated with more than 60 new parts, boasting more low-to-mid range horsepower and torque, as well as improved fuel economy and lower emissions.
The new Twin’s pistons were designed for optimal rigidity and weight, and use new resin-coated piston skirts for reduced friction and greater durability. Two spark plugs per cylinder optimize ignition. The Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system features 10-hole fuel injectors for improved fuel combustion. A new, lighter-weight exhaust system is said to help boost low- and mid-range power.
The SV’s updated chassis incorporates more than 70 new parts and components, and when combined with the new steel truss frame equals a weight reduction of 15 pounds over the previous model. The new SV650 uses 290mm dual front disc brakes and 240mm rear brakes with an ABS system manufactured by Nissin. The front suspension system uses 41mm telescopic front fork tubes, plus a link-type rear suspension. Radial tires run on 17-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
The SV650 also features Suzuki’s new one-push easy-start system, first introduced on the 2016 GSX-S1000. A new low-rpm assist feature complements the throttle-body integrated idle speed control to deliver more consistent and powerful launch from a stop.
The SV’s multifunction LCD instrument panel consists of a gear position, digital speedometer, tachometer, and includes indicators for odometer, trip meter, average/instantaneous fuel consumption, driving range, clock, water temperature gauge and fuel gauge. Backlight is adjustable in six levels of brightness and can be set to your preference.
Price, color and availability for the SV650 are currently TBA, but targeted to be available in dealers in late spring to early summer.