Suzuki SV1000S Reviews from United Kingdom

2005 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance14500 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki SV650

Summary:

A reliable, fun, flexible and stylish tower of power

Faults:

The only niggle I have had with this particular bike is that it seemed to be losing brake fluid from the reservoir for the hydraulic clutch through the summer. The fluid had leaked slightly on the paintwork and stood for a few days.

Since the summer, the fluid level hasn't dropped or leaked any more, so I've been wondering if the heat in the garage expanded a seal somewhere?

This is the only mark on what is otherwise an immaculate bike!

General Comments:

I had the SV650 before the SV1000 - it was a great first big bike with user friendly handling and power, and it sounded great with a can on it.

After 2 years I wanted a bit more power, but loved the looks of the SV. I had heard that the SV1000 was a 'completely different bike' to the 650, with a few people saying "it handles like a boat"... They obviously hadn't done a test ride, because the SV1000 is a great bike, which feels very similar to the 650..

The swingarm is slightly longer, so the steering is ever so slightly slower. I find that the bike is 'flickable' i.e. it'll handle a quick succession of corners without any trouble, but I sometimes struggle to get it to commit to a single/longer sweeping corner. Having fiddled with the suspension settings, it now gives a bit more confidence.

In terms of power, it's a 998cc v-twin tower of power! Roll on in any gear from 3-5k revs and it pulls hard, 5-7k and it pulls really hard, 7k+ it makes you feel like a test pilot all the way til around 10k revs where the power starts to drop off just short of the redline.. With this in mind, you can either have a lazy relaxed ride bimbling along, should you need to overtake just give the throttle a tickle and then relax back into cruising... Alternatively if you want to pick up the pace a little, you can work the revs & gears more and be rewarded with a very thrilling but controlled ride.

There is a bit of a strange characteristic to the v-twin engine. When I first took the 1000 for a test ride, I thought there was something wrong with the bike for the first 3 minutes. Under 3k revs, the engine sounds and feels as though the cylinders have been filled with sand & gravel. Kind of a weird rough/grinding vibration as you set off or filter in 1st gear, then once you pass 3k revs, the engine becomes a typical v-twin throbbing away...

Having spoken to the dealer, other SV1000 owners and other litre v-twin owners, it's a characteristic of ALL 1000cc v-twin engines apparently. Apparently it's something to do with the size of the pistons when the engine is in a given rev range. It took a tiny bit of getting used to, but now it's part of the charm & character of the machine.

This bike is ideal for longer distance riding due to the relaxed and punchy nature of the engine, and I've completed two long distance camping trips without any fuss. Me and a few friends are thinking of heading for Europe this year, I know for a fact that the SV will handle the journey without fuss. I currently get about 110 to 120 miles out of a tank of petrol.

Comfort - the bike has a reasonably focused riding position. The seat is also quite firm so numb bum kicks in after about 90-120 minutes. With the not so massive tank range, this isn't a problem as you usually have to fill up and have a stretch before your arse falls off.

The brakes are pretty much spot on for this bike. Standard pads do a good job of stopping the bike but many people (including myself) like to stick some aftermarket H/H sinterred pads in for more immediate bite.

Everything else is pretty much standard, analogue rev counter with digital speedo, run of the mill Suzuki switch gear... The standard twin exhausts make it sound like a bit of a sewing machine, so I've just ordered a set of cans from a well known auction site this morning. The SV650 sounded great with a single can on it, so the 1000 will sound like hell ripping in half, all being well.

Being a Suzuki, maintenance is simple and straightforward. Mine is 2000 miles short of the 16,000 service, but it's been a while since the last oil & filter change, so I may do that in the next week or two.

To sum up, the SV1000 is a fantastic all round bike. You can ride it like a proper sports bike, or you can load it up with a tent & gear for the weekend. It'll happily chew up motorway miles and then reward you with a thrilling ride when you hit the twisties..

If you're tempted by a Honda VTR, but want something a bit more modern, or fancy dipping your toe in v-twin world of Ducati, but simply can't afford one, the SV1000 makes the ideal introduction to litre v-twins. Go test ride one and then grab yourself a bargain!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2010

2005 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance4200 miles

Summary:

A gorgeous looking sporty v twin at a really keen price

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

For all the talk of torque (excuse the pun) of big v twins, I'm surprised how much you have to work the gearbox to get the best out of the motor.

That said, it still propels you forward like a Saturn rocket.

The brakes are excellent, and the handling and suspension are more than up to the job.

Fuel economy is reasonable, although it would benefit from a slightly larger tank.

The only downside is the rubbish stock seat. Trips of more than a 100 miles can be very uncomfortable. I'm going to fit a Corbin or Sargent to mine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2006

2005 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance3900 miles

Summary:

A really good all rounder, that does exactly what it is supposed to do

Faults:

So far no problems.

General Comments:

This is a wonderful machine. Not as quick and nimble as pure sports bikes, but it has enough power and sure footedness to keep most bikers happy and induce the grin factor. The front end does dive a bit on corners when braking, but generally it stops well.

It is easy to ride whether in town or through the mountain roads of the Pyrenees. Although a narrow bike, I find the comfort fine and I am not exactly small. The only negatives are that it could do with a slightly larger tank and a fuel gauge to enhance its touring capabilities.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2005

2005 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance1100 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VTR1000F

Summary:

Great sound, great look, great bike

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong at this time.

General Comments:

This bike has great torque and drive out of corners.

The handling is very good, and the feedback from the suspension and tyres gives you confidence.

The running costs are not cheap, but this is expected from a 1 litre sports bike.

The seat can be uncomfortable, but not much more than you would expect from most modern sports machines.

The big V twin engine gives great real life use of the power for the road.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2005

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews