Suzuki will present a SV650X next month at the Tokyo Motor Show, showcasing a “neo-retro” version of its naked V-Twin. Though it looks to be production ready, Suzuki says the SV650X is only a concept, and the company says it hopes to gauge consumer reaction before deciding whether to put it into production (which seems like a familiar theme for Suzuki this year.)

The SV650X is actually an evolution on the Sv650 Rally concept model introduced last year in Tokyo (pictured below. Like its predecessor, the SV650X receives a bikini fairing with tinted screen, fog lamps, clip-ons and ribbed seat.

Not much appears to have changed from the SV650 Rally concept shown at last year’s show. The SV650X concept loses the dual silencers, bar-end mirrors and pillion seat cover, replacing them with components used on the production SV650.

“The SV650 Rally concept generated a lot of interest at last year’s show, with retro-styled machines proving very popular among riders,” says Paul de Lusignan, general manager of Suzuki GB. “The SV650X is an evolution of that concept, and shows how that would translate to a production machine. Currently we cannot confirm a production schedule. We will first assess reactions to the SV650X before finalising plans.”

Otherwise, there doesn’t appear to be much changed from the regular SV650 – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it remains a favorite here at MO, even after the departure of SV fanboy Troy.) The SV650X will make its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Oct. 27 but the true gauge of whether Suzuki has any serious intentions of putting the SV650X into production is if the bike also gets shown at EICMA the following week where it will see a much larger audience.

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  • Campisi

    I get that Suzuki seems to have zero money these days, but this seems like a missed opportunity. A breathed-on neo-retro Katana half fairing would’ve looked the business.

    • 12er

      Maybe the color but looking upon it even rounded out, all I saw was the original Katana. Like it better that the FZ7 retro thingy.

    • pidgin

      Zero money? Lol, suzuki has had huge growth/sales records the from 2015.

      • zachromful

        source? i’m curious about this. because i agree with Campisi, Suzuki always seems to make broke decisions

        • pidgin

          Google “suzuki record sales”. They have had huge success since 2015, maybe earlier. Suzuki is flushed with money and has never been better.

        • c w

          well, they always seem to be broke…for the last ten years or so.

    • Stuki Moi

      I like this one better. Still out in the wind, just leaned enough into it to make it less bothersome. And to give you more feel for the front. And save your lower back a bit.

  • Daniel Benjamin

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • FreeFrog

    Looks wicked. Loved the old Katana and loved the early SV650’s so I’d love to see this come out.

  • Jayy Cee

    Wish they would do a half fairing model, like the S model of the Gen 1 and Gen 2. I’m sure track day enthusiasts would eat them up like hotcakes. Getting hard to find used parts for the Gen 1 and 2’s.

  • c w

    What Suzuki is really trying to tell us:

    there will be a silver SV for ’18.

  • Born to Ride

    That’s a nice looking SV. If only they’d finally do a model that came with good suspension and brakes from the factory.

    • sgray44444

      make mine fully faired in a single color with heli style bars and I’m in.

      • Born to Ride

        Personally I like more power for a touring bike than the SV650 has. Mine always felt wheezy on the highway. I think an sv1000 powered sport tourer ala ninja 1000 with more classic styling(single headlight with windjammeresque fairing) would sway me back to Suzuki.

        • sgray44444

          I ALWAYS want more power with any bike I’ve owned, no matter what it is. But, to be honest, I find the SV / DL 650 motor to be just barely enough when my ego or adrenaline isn’t taking over.
          I’m not sure what generation you have, but the later generations have decent highway power. If you do the cam swap (gen 1 intakes in exhaust position and gen 2 or later intake cams) it really awakens the bike in the upper RPM and reduces the engine braking.
          That said, I tend to agree with you. I think 100hp is the magic wheel hp number. I could be content with that forever. An 800cc upgrade would be killer. They would have to completely redesign though, because the 650 is at its maximum capacity.

          • Born to Ride

            I had a gen 2, and I always felt like the windup from 75-90mph was painful as compared to its 0-75mph acceleration. I have found myself more than happy with the 85-90hp afforded by the dual-spark desmodue engines in my Ducatis, but that extra 15-20 hp also comes with a 50% increase in torque that is instantly noticeable. If Ducati could bring back the big bore desmodues and produce 100rwhp with light mods, I would be in engine nirvana. Though if I could graft an SV1000 engine to my multistrada, I’d toss out that loveable air-cooled lump in a friggin heartbeat.

          • sgray44444

            I hear you about 75-90. Honestly, if you still had the bike, you would be pleasantly surprised how much the cam swap helps in that range. Big difference after 7K RPM. It’s not 1k power or anything close, but it makes it balanced from bottom to top and gives you usable power to pass.
            The SV1000 was a very under-rated bike, in my opinion. Everybody was inline-4-crazy when they were out. I don’t understand why Suzuki doesn’t respect its twins enough to offer a version with premium suspension and a full fairing. Nobody took them seriously as a sport bike, but I’ve seen them ridden plenty hard.
            I’m a fan of twins, triples, and V4s. I don’t care if it is a gen-you-wine platform used in moto-whatever racing. I like the sound and character.

    • c w

      buy from a dealership that also deals in Traxxion/Racetech/etc., have them include the upgrade in their best price.

      • Born to Ride

        Factory tuned steering geometry and component fitment is an often undervalued feature, but yeah, I had upgraded suspension and brakes on my SV and it made a world of difference.

        • c w

          If a dealer can’t fit suspension parts without matching OEM fitment tolerances (thereby not affecting OEM geometry), said dealer should likely not be a dealer.

  • I think there’s a big enough market to do a full-faired (or naked) SV with GSX-R-level suspension and brakes for a $1500-2000 premium. Triumph and Ducati does this kind of upgrade, why not Suzuki?

    • sgray44444

      YES YES YES. Even more so if they were to make it 800cc, 100hp and the same or less weight.

      • sgray44444

        You would spend much more than that upgrading the suspension, unless you took the ebay route, which is always a gamble.

      • Kenneth

        And away we go (as always): Yes, make it an 800; no, make it a 700; no make it a 900; a 500; and on and on and…
        650cc is – and has always been – just right for this nice little V-twin.

        • sgray44444

          How many of them have you owned? I’ve personally owned 2 bikes (currently have 1 of them) with the 650 motor. Yes, it’s a good motor, but yes it does need a little more power. I’m not talking liter bike power- just some more for passing.

          • Kenneth

            I owned a 2003 and then a 2006 (until I bought a Bonneville in 2011). I found its 650cc / 70 hp completely acceptable. If anything, I might have wished for a bit more low-end torque, but it certainly wasn’t something I felt the bike needed.

          • sgray44444

            That’s funny. I’ve always been fine with the low end. I spend most of my time in the mid range (3500-7000) anyway. I’ve always found the top end lacking. A cam swap helps, but you’re still only at 75hp. A better top end like the 675 Triumph Triples is what I would like to see, however they have to do it.

          • Kenneth

            Yep, that’s how it is – I never found the top end lacking! – it’s personal preference. I have felt that a Street Triple would be the better way to go if more power is desired.

          • sgray44444

            Well, I have a Speed Triple, and it’s not lacking in grunt or top end to me. But, honestly it’s more than I need. I like the character of the Suzuki L-twins. I suspect that one day I’ll get my Suzuki 750 or 800cc twin.

    • Born to Ride

      They should build a club racer version that has race friendly features like an isolated and removable-via-connector section of the wiring loom for the lighting and a headlight that can be replaced with a number plate insert. Imagine the accessory catalog sales they’d rake in. Plus all they would have to do is slap the KYB and brembo stuff from the GSX-S on there, and the racers will buy the requisite brake pads and fork internals to tune the bike to their liking.

  • pidgin

    Make a dorsoduro/hypermotard look-alike with sv650 engine pleeeeeease

  • NDA

    I don’t know if the dimensions are the same but the GSX-S750 front end seems to be cheap to produce and is distinctly higher quality than the SV650 front end. Why not bring it over here and charge same price as the 750?

    • Born to Ride

      Because Suzuki has a history of giving their twin models the shaft and investing in the 4cyl bikes. I bet they fear that having an equally equipped, equally priced bike with 50% less horsepower will automatically be a sales dud. God forbid giving the customer a little bit of variety at a single price point. I bet this SVx will retail for 8 grand when it comes out, and it will be a sales flop because they didn’t address the issues that customers have been asking them to fix for years, then their “market research” will indicate that consumers are unwilling to pay that much for an SV650 altogether. Thus the cycle continues.

      • spiff

        Group think at the corporate level.

  • zachromful

    I find this to be pretty laughable honestly. I own a new sv650 too. anyone seen the “cafe racer” and “scrambler” editions they have of the sv650 in france? very much like this. Suzuki is dead last getting to the party, and the bikes have a few tiny little changes that don’t get tied together in a coherent way whatsoever. how much extra they gonna charge for clip ons, a cowl and a couple lights off twisted throttle?

    when they do these “special” models they need to really go for it. the base models are so affordable/practical, they need to offer something for the people who want to spend a little more money for something that is ACTUALLY special

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    • Born to Ride

      Never gonna happen, that bike would be too awesome.