4. Suzuki SV650
According to Suzuki, the new SV650 is returning 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 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.
Like Yamaha and its XSR900, Suzuki is keeping a tight lip on the SV650’s retail price. We can, however, approximate from the $7,599 MSRP of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS that to remain competitive, the new SV should be priced somewhere near the Ninja. We estimate the SV will be priced around the $8,000 mark. New SVs are targeted to be available in dealers in late spring to early summer.