2012-08-20 16:55:16+0000
  • Make:
  • Suzuki
  • Model:
  • SV 650
  • Year:
  • 2002

A Japanese made bike, the Suzuki SV650 has been in production since 1999. The 1999-2006 models has a liquid cooled, four stroke v-twin 645cc engine, the 2007 + models added a 2 spark cylinder.

Suzuki introduced the SV650 in 1999 as a budget entry in the emerging standard (naked) bike market and, as of 2008, offered both naked and fully faired. The combination of light weight, rigid chassis with strong handling, and the V-twin's strong 42-45 ft lbs of torque appealed to both beginner and experienced riders alike. Suzuki modeled the first generation of the bike's aesthetics on the Suzuki TL1000S, with a clear influence from the Ducati Monster.

The SV650 immediately became popular, but American buyers wanted the sportier 'S' version that featured lower handlebars, higher foot pegs and a bikini fairing and windscreen, available only in the European and Canadian markets. In 2000, Suzuki began importing the SV650S to the USA.

The second generation SV650S came along in 2003, boasting more horsepower (73.4 versus the previous 64.2) and 47.2 ft lbs of torque. A new aluminum frame, bodywork, swing arm exhaust and a digital speedometer and electronic fuel injection were also added. However the second generation was not as popular as the original because the added fairings and new styling was curvier and looked to aggressive to riders.

Because of the relatively low purchase price and excellent handling characteristics, the SV650 became popular with racers and began winning against the aged Suzuki GS500, Honda NT650 and Kawasaki Ninja 500R, which previously dominated the class.

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