Top-10-SV650

In case you haven’t read my First Ride Review of the 2017 Suzuki SV650, let me sum it up for you: It’s an awesome motorcycle. Of course, if you’ve been reading MO for any length of time you’ll likely know I’m a big fan of the SV, having previously owned and raced one myself. With that, you can likely conclude that I’ve thrown journalistic objectivity out the window when it comes to the new SV. However, if Suzuki had missed the mark, I’d be sure to criticize instead of praise.

My fellow MO cohorts are probably tired of me talking about the SV, but too bad. We’ve all got our favorite bikes here: Evans adores his 13 year-old R6, Duke his classic Ducati 900SS, Tom’s a Ural guy, and ‘ol Burns won’t shut up about the NC700X and the Harley Street 750. So now it’s my turn to wax poetic about the new SV650. Still with me? Here we go.

  • Old MOron

    I recently purchased a new bike, so I’m happy to be immune to these temptations for a while. But well done, Trizzle.

    • JMDonald

      Don’t hold out on us OM. What did you get? Perhaps a S1000R?

      • Old MOron

        Aye, the S1000R. I bet you didn’t need the spealbane for that one.

        • JMDonald

          You made a great choice. It is a real beauty and in my top five. I wish I had one in my garage. Good luck with it.

        • TroySiahaan

          Sheesh, S1000R vs. SV650 ain’t exactly a fair matchup. Congrats on the purchase, btw.

  • c w

    get over the gladius thing already.

    • TroySiahaan

      Never!

      • c w

        Interesting..

        Particularly so given that in your own forum you have a section just for Gladius owners – and those owners rarely post outside of it due to similar and stronger views to the above.

        Oh, well. It’s your internet.

    • Greybeard1

      They discovered a mosaic in Pompeii that said “Gladius it’s overus”.

      No big deal, it was a mistake on Suzuli’s part.
      Like buying a Pot Bellied pig and finding it’s that cute and small for only 10 minutes.

  • sgray44444

    hear hear! I agree with all of it. On a side note concerning aftermarket support, Blair over at SVracingparts has always been great to deal with for upgrades to my DLs. Not assosciated in any way with them… just have had a great experience with them.

  • Greybeard1

    11.
    As close to a 4 valve Ducati sound as many will ever get.

    • TroySiahaan

      And, arguably, a better bike…

      • Born to Ride

        Provided you place you value system on reliability and maintenance requirements and not outright performance.

  • Brian Clasby

    It’s almost too bad for Suzuki that i like my old one so much . . .

    • TroySiahaan

      I also like(d) my old one. Maybe I can find a first-gen frame and wedge the new engine into it…

      • Brian Clasby

        What’s wrong with the old engine or, conversely, the new frame?

        • TroySiahaan

          Nothing with either, per se. Except the first gen frame is aluminum (vs. steel on the new one), and the new engine is, well, new. With various updates and advancements from 17 years of development.

  • novemberjulius

    I have $7. Oh wait, today is payday, so I have $107 dollars. Guess I will be able to afford one in 5 years. xD

  • Paul Robson

    Seriously tempted… But will it be any better (or better enough) than my 99 sv? Either this or something from Mt 09 range.

    • Born to Ride

      If you have done all the common things to improve your ’99, it is highly unlikely that this be will be better in any category other than horsepower. But it is possible that the 40lbs less that your bike is hauling around would allow it to make up the horsepower deficit. If you want a real performer in this class and feel you have outgrown your SV, I would get a Street Triple R. Real suspension, brakes, and chassis of a sport bike with the ergos of a standard. IMO it is the bike that the SV650 motor deserves and Suzuki has never had the balls to build.

  • Craig Hoffman

    So good to see Suzuki getting back to what made the SV great in the first place. It is an honestly styled and performing bike, priced right. The SV is also a great bike for the so inclined owner to get involved with, thanks to its aftermarket support and the significant improvements that can be gained by modifying it, particularly in the suspension area.

    Rock on Suzuki, rock on…

  • Sentinel

    I love my gladiolus, all the hate for this bike is pretty ridiculous, this bike has been a dream to ride in every scenario It’s been in, and I love the blue frame with white accented bodywork. I removed the silver side frame covers which exposed a lot more of that beautiful blue frame, and it’s just plain sexy.

  • Jokey

    Haven’t ridden the new one but I do like the extra bend they put in the front header exhaust pipe so it doesn’t stick out so much.