Suzuki SV1000S Reviews from United States of America

2007 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3200 miles
Most recent distance8600 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF700C

Summary:

Beautiful, bold and ready to bite!!!

General Comments:

I purchased my 2007 SV1000S in the spring of 2010. My intention was to buy a new bike, but the salesman suggested I take a look at the used SV1000S. It was instantly apparent that the previous owner had taken phenomenal care of the bike and added several very costly upgrades as well (nearly $2000 on the exhaust alone). I had the salesman give me the keys so I could hear it run. That was the ultimate selling point, as the bike sounds incredible! Yoshi pipes are amazing!!!

After riding the bike a week or so, I noticed that the stock handle bars were starting to kill my wrist when riding any significant distances. I order a pair of Heli-bars, which solved that issue and amplified my love for the bike. My only complaint left is the seat, as it is very narrow up close and wider when you sit further back. It can get uncomfortable after 100 miles or so. I plan on looking into another seat to alleviate the issue within the next month or so.

As for acceleration, I have zero complaints! No problems passing, entering the highway or any other time where pick up is needed. The bike will get you there quick if needed.

Braking, I was surprised because of how light the bike is, but the bike will stop on a dime! One time I almost felt like I was going to keep going as the bike abruptly came to a halt. The braking feels very even front to rear.

Handling is a thrill as the bike will weave like a snake if you need it too.

Overall, I cannot think of anything negative regarding this bike. I cannot see me letting go of it either. The appearance is stunning, the performance smooth and durability exemplary thus far. Planning on some nice long distance rides this year and super excited about it too. For what I was looking for, the Suzuki SV1000S surpassed my expectations!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2011

2007 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7600 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-10

Summary:

A great bike that performs better than an Aprilia Tuono, and is 30% the price of the Ducatis

Faults:

No problems - completely reliable.

General Comments:

V-twin sound.

V-twin torque.

Fabulous engine braking.

Superb headlights.

Great fuel economy - 50 mpg on occasions.

SV1000S handlebars are more GSXR in style. I've been meaning to put Helibars on the bike to improve the comfort for longer journeys.

A fairly unique bike on the road. When I go on rides with others, other riders have GSXRs, CBRs, FZ/R1 etc, etc. This bike is distinct, and everyone tells me they love the sound. On windy roads, I easily can keep up or set the pace amongst the big inline 4's. Only the CBR and R1's leave me on the straightaway (140mph+).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2010

2006 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance502 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki SV650

Summary:

I would buy it all over again

Faults:

The SV1000S does have a gear whine, I have been given various reasons, I believe it is the cam chain tensioner. I have had no other problems so far, and the gear whine sounds almost like a supercharger.

General Comments:

The acceleration is brutal, I am still breaking in the bike, and keeping it below 5K rpm for now.

I am wondering what 9K rpm will be like?

The handling is also very quick, it seems to love to zig-zag down the road at 60 to 70 Mph.

I did go with Heli-Bars, I needed a more straight up riding position, but that is just me.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2006

27th Sep 2006, 05:33

Good to finally read a review of the SV1000s. But it was all too brief! In any case, it only serves to reinforce that I made the right choice of bike... which hopefully will be here before to long (I live in NZ). I would have liked to have seen a more detailed breakdown of impressions of the bikes performance... certainly a bit more expansion on the owners impressions. Have you been riding bikes for long? and have you always ridden larger bikes?

Thanks anyway for sharing... appreciated it.

2003 Suzuki SV1000S

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance7500 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R1100RSL

Summary:

A competent sport-tourer with massive amounts of power at all levels of the rev-range

Faults:

Straight from the factory, the bike had a unique characteristic in that it drained its own coolant at random intervals.

General Comments:

I understand the general rule about sport bikes not being in the upper tier of motoring regarding comfort, but in the SV1000S Suzuki has unnecessarily created the most uncomfortable seat in the industry. Aftermarket is a must on this piece.

The frame, since it is a twin-engined bike, is narrower than that of an in-line 4. Keep that in mind if you're of a larger stature.

The headlights are fantastic.

The handling, due in part to the narrowness of the frame, is excellent. Under heavy braking, however, the front end dives deeply. More comfortable than the stiffness of a racing suspension, the sport-touring setup will cost you on the track, but is good enough and exciting enough for long road trips.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2004

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews