Suzuki SV650 Reviews from United States of America

2003 Suzuki SV650

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance312300 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS850GL

Summary:

The perfect do all bike with just a few fixes. ;)

Faults:

I have had no problems at all on my 03 naked. In fact it is the least problematic bike I have ever owned. I beat on it hard, I'm an ex road racer, and I use the red line ;)

General Comments:

The stock SV650 is way soft suspension wise. You ride fast on it and you'll get hurt. A few little mods and the bike will rail around corners. Even as low tech as the suspension is, it will work.

I like the seat, and the bars are perfect for me. I love my SV. ;)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2011

2004 Suzuki SV650

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired2600 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles

Summary:

Awesome beginner bike

Faults:

Only things I have had to replace on this bike have been the brakes and chain/sprockets. I am very impressed, I beat this bike up, and it keeps coming back for more!

General Comments:

I have just over 41k miles on this engine, and it runs just as good as the day I got it. I have changed the oil with synthetic oil every 3k miles, and have installed a K&N air filter.

I am very impressed with the reliability of this bike; I have laid it down, and only had minor cosmetic damage.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2011

2005 Suzuki SV650

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Summary:

A great bike!!!

Faults:

The bike I purchased is a 1 owner bike. At first, I was a little disappointed with the bike's comfort. The seat is a little rough at first, but you will get used to it.

The handling on the bike is exquisite. It leans great and rides smooth. Basically you're paying half the cost and still achieving the same goal, comfort, speed, and fun!

I did drop it, and the only problem was the rear brake lever doesn't fold up, so it snapped. A new one is a whopping 70 bucks. I'm not sure if they offer the fold up brake levers, but it would definitely be a great idea.

Otherwise, a great bike, especially for driving in traffic.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2010

2005 Suzuki SV650

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZR1000

Summary:

Superb middle weight bike to learn high performance riding skills. This bike won't disappoint you

Faults:

Electrical connector plug on right hand switch gave me problems with headlights once... I bypassed the connector plug and fixed the problem...

I burned the high beam filament at 16 miles...

Got a nail on my rear tire after my second set of tires...

General Comments:

The SV650 has a bullet prof V-Twin engine that delivers torque in spades... The bike will wheelie under full throttle in 1st and 2nd gears... It is not a power house, but has enough to move a 200 lbs rider with ease...

With regular maintenance, this bike will give you thousands of miles of trouble free service... Word of advice... Break in your engine properly, and adjust valves lash as soon as the engine is completely broken in... Do NOT wait for the recommended 15,000 mile service to adjust valves...

Chassis handles very well... However suspension is too soft for riders above 170 lbs. If you are a heavier rider, consider working on the suspension before anything else (excluding of course, safety gear!!!)... Once suspension is dialed in and a few adjustments to geometry, the SV650 turns into a very capable V-Twin sport bike... From there any beginner rider can learn to ride to a high performance level... Limiting factor is the rider...

Final drive is OK for commuting and easy riding... If you want to wake up your bike's throttle response, I would recommend 15 tooth front sprocket and a 47 tooth rear sprocket... Do NOT go -1 on the front +2 on the rear... You will hate it!!!

I think one other thing worth mentioning is that there is an endless supply of GSXR bolt on upgrades... As well as a extensive selection of aftermarket parts and accessories available... Backed with an army of followers that know this bike inside and out...

As with all motorcycles: Service your bike regularly... Check your tire pressures at least once a week.. Clean and lubricate your chain regularly (300 mile intervals)... And wear all your gear every time you ride...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2010

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 14 reviews