2015 EICMA: Suzuki SV650

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

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.

Follow the rest of our 2015 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2016 motorcycle announcements

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • Ozzy Mick Ozzy Mick on Nov 19, 2015

    Bring it on! Loved my ole SV that I purchased originally for commuting, sparing my (much heavier) Bandit 1200 only for long trips. I DID ride the SV on a couple of tours and was seriously considering getting rid of the Bandit. Unfortunately, got taken out by a wayward motorist who changed lanes unexpectedly. It did convince me that we don't really need bigger capacity bikes in order to have fun!

  • Ron Ron on Nov 23, 2015

    Thanks Suzuki. Now how about bringing back the SV-1000.