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★★★★☆

“Rewarding to ride, but not without problems.”

Written on: 22/02/2020 by 2wheellover51 (4 reviews written)

When I first collected my SV1000S from Motorcycle Trade-ins in Poole, the clutch rattled, the bike surged on small throttle openings and it was horrible to ride. It was raining, and the small front mudguard meant rain was being thrown up onto the hot exhaust and radiator, sending steam up onto the windscreen and fogging the instruments. The bike was a later model with superbike handlebar conversion and black frame, a lovely dark blue finish and half-fairing with fairing lowers and crash bungs… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Girls best friend”

Written on: 09/04/2018 by Michaela415 (1 review written)

Well, my 2003 SV1000 is this girls best friend! I've only had 2 bikes, (1st being the SV650) so I don't have the experience the rest of the reviewers have, BUT, after 15 years on this bike, I STILL don't know what I'd like to "change" to! It's thrilling to read what other owners have to say, 'cause it's exactly how I feel too! Helirisers were added, Corbin single seat, yoshi single pipe, flyscreen, and pink piping. My mechanic says it's well worth keeping as I don't thrash the… Read Full Review

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“Tourqe, torque, power! Japanise it won't go wrong. ”

Written on: 24/05/2017 by Marshallg133 (1 review written)

What can I say? I passed my test on an Sv 650 and it was great. Shortly afterwards I bought a k7 bandit 650 it was fast, reliable, reasonable good looking and even economical. But I always felt something was missing. After 2 years I decided it was new bike time and that I wanted a V twin for the low down tourqe as I commute every day and the top end rush of an inline 4 wouldn't be as much use to me. Bought a k3 sv1000 and all a can say is wow! Do you want to pull wheelies? It can spin the back… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“The Jack of all Trades”

Written on: 01/01/2013 by Mrjswans (1 review written)

I bought this bike in September of 2011 with 19 thousand miles and now in January of 2012 (a little over one year) the bike has 37 thousand miles. This bike is awesome. I've done track days, many group rides, distance rides and out of state trips on it and overall it's a fantastic bike. What I do like: Great power everywhere Awesome sound Doesn't attract attention from cops Wheelies easy No downshifting needed to get movin Insurance is damn cheap Parts are relatively easy to work… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Unbelievable value”

Written on: 09/12/2012

First, my bike is a 2006 SV1000S with the following mods: Fender eliminator, power commander, gutted stock cans, GP shift, billet adjustable rear set, and some upgraded brake and clutch levers. It's otherwise stock and puts down 111 HP at the rear wheel. Lots has been written about the SV1000s, and the praise is nearly universal for a good reason. Many times the SV1k is compared with bikes that it was never intended to compete with. First and foremost is that the SV1000 isn't a supersport… Read Full Review

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Pieter01's Comment

Written on: 05/09/2013

Hi, I have my K5 since new and totally agree with your sentiments. Back in 2005 the dealer had a special promotion on the SV1000's by throwing a full fairing,double Yoshi cans and a BMC filter. My bike is silver in colour.Prior to me doing the purchase I had track-tested among others the GSX-R, Yamaha R1, BMW 1000S and HONDA Fireblade. The SV is a different bike in many ways and is not close when it comes to top-end performance. It has a slight vibration to it,roars like a Lion,feels thin & light between your legs and is not as well equiped with the hardware compare to the others. I now have covered 40 000km consisting of touring, Sunday-runs and Track-days. I find the bike extremely reliable, average on fuel consumption, comfortable from 140km/h and an absolute pleasure to ride. I do off-road riding with my Quads and 2 wheelers and contemplate buying a Dual bike now. However... REST assure, I will not sell my SV and plan to keep it forever. (Other than the promo-goodies, my SV is stock standard. Greetings, Pieter from South-Africa.

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★★★★★

“They stopped making tham and you can't have mine”

Written on: 08/04/2012

Handlebars were too low so I got helibar risers. Exhaust was too quiet so I got Yosh pipes. Gas tank interfered with my fat gut so I got a tank bra to protect the paint from my zipper. Now it's perfect… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Oh What Fun”

Written on: 10/12/2011

Having owned just about every go fast peice of kit ever made from ZX14s , 2 hayabusa's R1s and lots of other i4's i wanted to try a couple of V-Twins . First i brought a VTR1000 and its such a cool bike and i love it to bits but it has its shortcomings ie lack of ground clearance when your really feeding it some. But this is about the SV1000.... first off the bars are to low and riding position to racer like which is a shame cos this is not a racing bike. The seat is akin to a block of concrete… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Took me a while to decide which bike I was going to...”

Written on: 06/01/2011

Took me a while to decide which bike I was going to replace my old zzr600, I liked the TL1000R but felt it would have been too much as a first big bike, and the short comings of the Firestorm put me off. coming across the SV1000, it ticked all the boxes, capable of track day's fast road riding, long day's out, and even touring. it's a fairly easy bike to work on as it's not a complicated bike, and the engine is astoundingly good.

The bike feels very neutral to ride, possibly a bit too much at… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“ Had the 1000sv bike 4 years I added a set of lower...”

Written on: 30/12/2010

Had the 1000sv bike 4 years I added a set of lower fairings from Suzuki
removed passenger seat and had a pair of Quill cans made for it.Apart from that it is stock.
I love the bike enormously it does everything you want it to do and has never let me down, I ride throughout the winter every year so I ensure it is always cleaned regularly, as a result it still looks mint.
I would not swap for any other bike,go get one !!!!!… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 29/07/2011

Great bike, had an FZ6 no regrets also a good bike, but the sv 1000s is my two wheel soul mate, fun for strafing the twisties on Saturday morning, sedate enough for a Sunday afternoon two-up cruise around town.
Purchased new 3yrs ago, money well spent.

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“I have owned zx10, gxsr-600, ninja 250 even and this...”

Written on: 01/04/2010

I have owned zx10, gxsr-600, ninja 250 even and this bike the 2003 Sv1000s is my favorite. What I noticed the very first time getting on it is the height of the bike put me towering higher up in the seat than others but also the weight seemed very light. I love the sound of the v-twin and do long trips for my web site at Shockforever.com I do motorcycle reviews, videos there. I have had no complaints and no problems and this bike really comes into its own on the freeways. Ride on and get… Read Full Review

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Written on: 24/03/2010


Apart from the normal round town problems that you get with all big twins I have nothing but praise for this machine, well worth the money. I did have to have the suspension lowered professionaly and it has made so much difference… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“For the money this bike is brilliant!!. The sound is...”

Written on: 05/01/2010

For the money this bike is brilliant!!. The sound is awesome with some remus cans added but even great as standard. The real beauty of this bike is the torque it puts out and what can you get for 2 to 3 grand on the used market that gives this sort of performance. Perfect for the street or twisties, this is probably the perfect bike and lets face it top end sports bikes are great but where are you gonna get to 180+ on the road. The sv1000s will still reach 165+ and thats fast enough. Suzuki… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“ Great motorcycle. Fun, not scary. Controllable and...”

Written on: 06/11/2009

Great motorcycle. Fun, not scary. Controllable and smooth power. Made for the street and real riding. And the sound??....with aftermarket exhaust?... Great! Brakes good, comfort good, engine good, handling good. It works for me! :)… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Bought this Suzuki SV1000S bike a year ago in Tampa...”

Written on: 31/08/2009

Bought this Suzuki SV1000S bike a year ago in Tampa after hearing the exhaust, the orig owner was a performance exhaust guy, sold the Bandit 1200s the next day on Craigslist in Vancouver during a snowstorm and took ownership the next week. First V-twin, will be my last bike as I'm now 65. Try not to ride it as it's hard not to be an idiot even at this age. Prefer the roads in British Columbia to Florida, this bike was wasted down there.Love the 5K in mods done to the bike, it's a one of a kind… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“suzuki sv1000s is a great fantastic bike ive had lots...”

Written on: 04/08/2009

suzuki sv1000s is a great fantastic bike ive had lots o sport bikes as in r1/ningas/fire blade, but this bike is easy on my bike and comfort is super great fantastic bike but the only thing am neading is a lower fairing so can any one help to put me in the right direction for thi thanks please help thanks again dave oh prefer the colour blue looks great… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Suzuki SV1000S engine has genetics from WSB late 1990s...”

Written on: 06/05/2009 by 1whiteje (1 review written)

Suzuki SV1000S engine has genetics from WSB late 1990s - big twin, light flywheel and no counterbalancer all shout SPIN ME!
Very good ergo's - I have done 650 miles/day, and yet have great control on track days.
No mechanical problems, even though I commuted through a rainy winter on it, and now have 16K miles on the odo.
Since I bought the black one, I just trimmed the rear fender off, and ...very clean result at almost no cost. (bought flush signals).
Suspension and frame and engine are all… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I bought my Sv1000s k3 in 2004, its a run out 03...”

Written on: 08/04/2009 by dumpy78 (1 review written)

I bought my Sv1000s k3 in 2004, its a run out 03 model. I must admit i'll never sell it, i've ridden several bikes since buying it even some in "racing red" and even then still find my sv to be such an enjoyable bike too ride, after several thousand kilometres I did find that a few tweeks in the front end did make the cornering a bit tighter on the uneven twisty's. I put a set of staintune pipes on it and like any other set of aftermarket pipes really lifts the sound/thrill factor. The only… Read Full Review

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“Mines a k3 on a 04 plate. Has ohlins front &...”

Written on: 02/12/2008

Mines a k3 on a 04 plate. Has ohlins front & adjustable rear suspension, hugger, single seat cowl, g-force cans, air box mod, lower fairings, xenon HID kit and tail tidy. I absolutely adore this bike. I do about 12-15k miles per year but I'm not into high bar sit-up type bikes. For its style it ' s still very comfortable even for the mileage I do. Planning the next trip to Europe for it and I have no doubt it ' ll get me there and I ' ll still be able to walk and pick up a pint. As for going to… Read Full Review

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“A great bike, Superb sound with the right cans on,...”

Written on: 21/08/2008 by rocketman1 (3 reviews written)

A great bike, Superb sound with the right cans on, very reliable, economical if you take it easy, easy to ride, riser bars make the bike a bit easier on the wrists, just done 440km on tight twisty roads, without too much problem at all,just bit sore right wrist, but I think that arthritis. I'm in my 50's.
Make sure you have the tyre's pumped to the correct psi, or like most bikes the handling may seem a bit astray.
I feel quite at home waving to other bikes on high speed corners, the bike holds… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I own a K6 model of the Suzuki SV1000s and it is such...”

Written on: 12/08/2008 by Sazerac (1 review written)

I own a K6 model of the Suzuki SV1000s and it is such a great bike, it pulls from as little as 2000Rpm on 6th gear without problems, and it will reach 150Mph at 9000Rpm in no time. There are faster and better bikes out there, but none of them have this price tag.
Value for money is top here!… Read Full Review

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