Suzuki SV650 Reviews from Australia

2005 Suzuki SV650

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance8000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha YZF-R1

Summary:

Can't go past this one for pure fun and ease of riding

Faults:

Not a single thing.

General Comments:

I've had many bikes over the years, but without a doubt my favourite is my SV650S. It handles unbelievably well, and the V-twin makes the bike so forgiving of gear choice through corners, and best of all, it's not fussy to ride like other bikes I've owned, which require the perfect engine speed and gear choice, plus precision riding 100% of the time. Unlike other bikes I've ridden, my SV can be corrected mid-corner without upsetting the apple cart. It's a total pleasure to ride, whether you're hammering it, or just cruising along. It also drives comfortably in city traffic, and never chugs along like a high performance engine that requires it be kept above 4500 RPM or more.

The best thing about the SVs is that they are virtually a blank canvas, on which you can upgrade and individualise to your heart's content. I've changed so many parts, I've lost track. It's like an obsessive hobby, which I gain so much enjoyment from in the process.

With a few modifications these bikes can keep up with anything through the twistie stuff. In fact, it's the other bikes that struggle to keep up, as I can ride the wheels off my SV because it's so simple and light to ride, whereas the overly temperamental R1s, GSXRs, etc, are struggling to man handle their bikes through the corners. It's alright if you're an accomplished racer, but those bikes are a pain in the backside for us mere mortals, and believe me, I'm a good rider, and never drop to the back of a pack, and most often sit in first or second when I ride with other experienced riders.

My point is, if you want to have lots of fun on a bike that allows you to explore your true potential, this is the bike for you.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th November, 2010

2003 Suzuki SV650

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 kilometres
Most recent distance2500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ650

Summary:

I just love it!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I love this Suzuki - it goes really well, is fast and cheap, and handles excellently, although it could do with a stickier tyre formulation.

It is also an excellent commuter - narrow and with mirrors that are not at the average car mirror height, so it's perfect for trickling down the lanes between the tin tops.

The seat is a bit too hard, though, for long miles, and I have to take a break after every hour to hour and a half to flex the legs and wrists.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2005

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews