Written on: 04/05/2013 by Kimm742 (59 reviews written)
19 year old son got this once he passed his test and said goodbye to his Daelim 125. I fitted a 33 bhp restrictor kit, and away he went.It's metallic blue with a full fairing, very low mileage and at a very good price. And, as I'm a named rider on his policy, I get to play with it as well. This is an excellent mid-size bike, delivering big dollops of torque from quite low in the rev range (the restrictor kit affects top end and full throttle, mid-range is thankfully almost untouched. no... (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2013
This is my first big bike so I only have a couple of other bikes to compare it to, ie those I used for training: CBF 500 Bandit and CBF 600. The SV sounds and looks great. Mine is fully faired with a Blue Flame exhaust. As a first bike for a novice, handling is very good and acceleration smooth. It is quite light for a big bike which is another advantage for a newbie and there is plenty of performance packed in the V twin engine. I'm told by those who know that the engine is bulletproof as... (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2013 by Macs55
My '02 SV650 introduced me to the world of motorcycling. Bought it May of 2012 and have used it for 1 or 2 up city commuting during the weekdays and always look forward to the weekends as I would be able ride it up the twisty roads of Sierra Madre. 8 months after it became mine, I participated in the BOSS Ironman Challenge. This is a motorally spanning 1,200kms which has to be finished within 24hrs. I did it in 18h and 47m. I've added 6000miles to its odometer since owning it and can say... (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2012 by bmw e30 (16 reviews written)
I bought my Sv new from the Suzuki dealer 30th Sept 2011, purely because at the time i owned a Suzuki Bandit 1200 and trade-in price was better than i could sell it for privately on eBay. So anyway, OTR price was £4465, i got £1550 trade-in so only needed to pay £2915 cash to buy it. I've been riding 17yrs, been through alot of different bikes, Yam DT's, CB's, VFR's, owned a Honda Fireblade for 5yrs from 2003-2008, then a Honda Cg125! for a yr(cheap motoring to work), then a Kawasaki... (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011 by pencap80 (1 review written)
Lovely bike to ride, had my sv650s for one month now and really enjoy being out on it. I find it very easy to ride as my first bike! Been out for a few long rides out and have to say the only negative I can find is that the seat gets a bit uncomfortable after about an hour and a half! But this might b me just being new to riding! On the whole through I find it very fast! (Keeps up with my friends r6 no problem on country lane!) And a pleasure to ride! (read more)
Written on: 08/03/2011 by bentley936 (1 review written)
2010 SV650Sport, this bike is a joy to ride. Great bike for all riding styles, easy to live with at low and high revs. Looks great naked and faired, and that V-Twin sounds great, especially with a nice Mivvi GP exhaust stuck on the back...
This bike enspires confidence and is comfortable to ride all day. Lots of aftermarket bling available for this bike too, if you want that sort of thing.
Bring on the good weather...
Written on: 03/02/2011
W reg Suzuki SV650S
I bought an SV650S with aftermarket fairings in blue around a year ago. I had just scrapped a GPX750R Kawasaki after a crash and wanted a confidence rebuilder. I also wanted something with cheap insurance and that's easy to ride.
I once rode for 12 hours on B roads from Dorset to Birmingham and back - through Wales. That's one thing I love about this bike - after a few hundred miles you want something stable and forgiving too. I was impressed that I wasn't too sore and... (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2010
I've Owned the bike for 4 Months now and can not fault it, I've just sold my ZXR400 which was Unrestricted, this pushed out 65Bhp and was a real pocket rocket. When i bought the SV650's i was abit unsure of what to expect. I read one or two reviews online, but never test drove one. (Never even sat on it) I bought it on finance for about £3.700, 1 Owner - 4320 Miles on the clock. Bought from Millenium Motorcycles in Saint Helens, UK. The Bike is Part Faired with a Belly pan, Crash Bungs... (read more)
Written on: 08/07/2010 by Hudson Hawk (8 reviews written)
I traded my Aprillia Pegaso for the Suzuki SV650s. For one very good reason. I wanted a more fun bike, easy to handle and not so heavy that it goes on it's side if you dont keep the centre of balance right. The Pegaso like all Trials Evo style bikes are pretty high of the ground and because I'm not build like a tank found it a bit heavy up top.
Anyway, I looked and looked at all bikes new and used and when I got aboard the Suzi it was love. Beautifully balanced, Light steering and easy... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2010
Sorry to anybody that only thinks this bike is average, your wrong.
Bikes are just a personal preference but overall these bikes have an excellent reputation. I own and have owned lots of bikes, if i had to own one out of all these it would be the sv 650 without any question. Been lucky enough to ride cbrs, fazers,gsxrs, which are all faster than the sv. But when i go in the garage on a nice sunny day and choose which bike today, its the 2000 model sv 650 that set me back £1200 in front of... (read more)
Written on: 25/03/2010
This is a bike to really enjoy, Nimble, Eager, Gutsy & Loveable. The standard can limits mid & top-end performance & sounds like a flatulent frog = Junked it for an appreciable improvement(Blue-flame fitted) The riding position for passenger is the pits, I removed P/seat, P/Footrests,& G/Rail saved lbs in useless dead-weight (fitted seat cowl).The `lizard skin covering on the R/seat is slippery as hell (I bonded a part sheet of luggage grip over it) now bum stays put whilst riding hard. This... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2010 by monkimagic (9 reviews written)
Its not all its cracked up to be .
I have not gelled with my 1999 SV650s, I bought it based on reviews and find it OK. I have a main bike which is a Z1000 an this is a real beast, the best do it all with a great big grin on your face bike, the SV however does not float my boat. I had a 1991 VFR750 before the Sv and it was twice the bike.
Buy one if you wish but look at others too, esp the VFR
Written on: 24/09/2009
For what your paying this bike is brilliant. SV2009s model and I have never been happier.
The bike is fun to ride an easy to learn on. (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2009
I have been riding a K8 SV Sport from new for three months. Handling is sublime but I'm a bit worried about where the tyres are going in terms of wear. The Dunlop Sportmax leave a 1cm (possibly less but I'm not going to actually measure it) strip of unworn contact with the ground at the front, but more than twice that at the rear - the opposite relation of wear ratio that I experienced with my last two bikes - a Triumph Sprint RS, and a 1999 Suzuki SV650S. These were on Bridgestone BT 020... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2009
The Suzuki SV650S is definitely not just a novice bike. Great value, acceleration, reliable, comfortable and plenty fast (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2009 by jack161102 (2 reviews written)
Suzuki SV650S Sport, bought from new in October 2008 (K9 model). Beautiful looking bike, ideal for use as 1st "big" bike. Very forgiving and easy to handle, even for the novice rider. Nice riding position. Very reasonably priced for a new 650cc bike (at the time £3995 - now priced at £5295 May 2009). Although I love riding this bike, I can't see myself buying another Suzuki (see Bad Points) as it's just not worth the hassle. (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2009 by Dannyevs (1 review written)
Bought myself an 07 full faired version with 2000 miles on it last November. What a choice I made!!! The Suzuki SV650S is really comfortable to ride and never fails to put a smile on my face whenever I open her out. Even happier when I had the chance to ride a bandit through the black mountains and it made me work really hard to get the same results as my sv650s. You cant go far wrong if your looking for a bike thats cheap to insure, looks great, sounds even better with an after market... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2009
The Suzuki SV650S is a fabulous, easy to handle and generous bike for those newly back to biking. Full of life and eager to please it has generous power and appears economical. Acquired my 2002 SV with full fairings in bright yellow with just 8k miles on the clock for a meagre £2000. Pristine condition. Great bike. Lots of fun. (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2009 by ridetolive45
The Suzuki SV650S is very user friendly and can be a beast if you wind it up. it starts to move properly at about 4 -5k and is definately novice friendly if u want it to be, its not a bad looker either, mines on a 08ive had for 7 months and shes as good as new. If you are looking to get this bike then also consider the mid sized ducati monster as it also a nice ride. i have ridden many bikes includin 250 2ts k4 gixxer 6s 97 blade etc and this is buy far the most confy and user friendly the... (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2008 by coachpaul (1 review written)
At first I didn't like it too much but the more I ride the more I like it. Great cornering, exceptional acceleration. The ABS is a nice plus also. The V-Twin puts off a nice rumble, getting ready to put aftermarket exhaust on over the winter. Think I settled for a yoshi slip on. (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2008 by Robbie3 (1 review written)
Love the bike. Lots of torque and nice long flat power band. Good seating position; able to tuck down into a very sporty drive or sit up to see and relax. Great fuel economy when riding with a view for fuel economy; I can get 320-350km on a tank of 91Octane. Once one gets used to the torque it is easy to handle and ride. At the same time it can be flexed and pushed to be a capable and fast bike. (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2008 by BURNER06 (2 reviews written)
Very good for money even with niggly bits top end 128 mph according to the book, but I'll not try this so I'll just trust them on that. Handles very well is forgiving of most mistakes stick with good tyres came with Bridgestone got nearly 3,000 miles changed to metzlers handled like crazy in the wet and on white lines and tended to tip into bends now on pilot road2 much lighter more sure footed feel. Fair mpg, insurance reasonable ride position ok for about 2- 3 hours if not overly fit nice... (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2008 by slofox (1 review written)
Light but rigid frame. Excellent engine, very flexible, plenty of power but economical as well. Love this bike. Need to ride within the limitations of the front forks but no big drama there. (read more)
Written on: 27/08/2008 by onikos (1 review written)
Mine is 2004 model never had a problem. Very happy with it. Great sound with aftermarket muffler. Great v twin engine, sporty riding position and looks. Good for 206km/h after first service. Smoooth gearbox. (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2008 by the elements600 (8 reviews written)
This is my third motorcycle to date and my first upgrade from a 125 since passing my test back in October last year. I really wanted a Kawasaki ER-6F and very nearly bought one but for some reason I couldn't find anywhere that would insure me for less than about £1100 on third party only so out of interest I did some quotes for the SV and got £739 on fully comp, with a 250 excess, legal cover and 30 days European cover, which for a young driver with two years no claims I think is... (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2008 by Gary PB
I have done 25,000 miles in just over 2 years in all weathers, the Suzuki SV650 has been used! It cost me £4k new which is real value for the performance and handling that you get. Even the build quality isn't too bad. Mine has never let me down. Other than tyres and one set of rear brake pads it has only required a new battery. With a scotoiler from new the chain and sprockets have plenty of life still. The performance is more than adequate for road use and there is the satisfaction of... (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2008
Just bought my first 08 Suzuki sv650s could not be happier. This was my first bike and very easy to learn on. (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2008
Brilliant bike for first time riders, brilliant for learning to wheelie all around brilliant bike. Handles brilliantly and very unusual for a twin to cope well in town at low speeds! Excellent bike and sounds sweet with a devil can. (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2008
Great for starters. Good to mod. with larger rear sprockets for a little more punch on the lower end. Needs racing rear sets for improved turning. (but not bad as is) (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2008
Great bike to start off with, handling and performance are good for first time riders very forgiving bike. (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2008
Good tractable engine, lots of torque. Easy to handle especially in curves. Fuel consumption is good for the miles done if ridden sensibly. Over-all a good little machine that will not let you down even when you ride against bigger machines making up time lost on the straights in the corners. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2007 by Sonny1 (1 review written)
This is my first bike and I cannot recommend it highly enough for that. Great value for money. My best mate immediately traded in his bandit for one when he'd ridden mine for the day. He's owned everything from muscle bikes to R6's and he says its the easiest fast bike he's ever ridden. Great for fast twisties and Sunday blasts (which is what mine's for). Lots of bits to add if you want - my bikes gone from standard to the proud owner of tail tidy, belly pan, double bubble black screen,... (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2006 by TJB135
The Suzuki SV650S is a great bike for almost any use. Fast because of light weight, flexible bullet proof engine, great looking, sounds good, nice handling, very chuckable. More than just a great first proper bike, this is still the bike I usually take, given the choice with an R1. It's just so much fun on those B roads. (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2006 by muffymeister (8 reviews written)
The Suzuki SV650S is a fantastic first bike, it's service interval is pretty long, and cheap parts. Handling is great and acceleration is fantastic cos it's so light. Although it responds well to an exhaust system , I had a Blue Flame can on mine, made it sound fruity and gave it a boost mid range in torque.
Corrosion is a problem on fork legs and engine cover - can be solved by spraying wax after a good clean. (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2005 by Bikebonkers (1 review written)
Overall I would certainly recommend the Suzuki SV650S 650 to anyone.
It is an easy bike to handle with a good riding position. Not outright Sports position, nor bolt upright, but slightly leaning forward.
No pain on wrists experienced, or on back. But will get a bit sore after 100 miles.
Cornering is excellent and in my ownership of this bike I wanted to ride and explore the countryside more and more frequently. A great bike for an outright blast 90mph plus, or for a sedate relaxed cruise... (read more)