Suzuki SV650 Reviews from United States of America - Page 3 of 4

2005 Suzuki SV650

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki SV650

Summary:

Get naked

Faults:

I crashed on a curb and the radiator was $400, but otherwise the bike is built to last.

Get the naked version so there is less to break if a curb jumps out at you.

General Comments:

At first I was unsure about the bike, since being my first bike and have never ridden before, but after a few rides around the block and in parking lots, I got the feel for the throttle. A little touchy at first, but nothing so crazy it will take off on you.

The front forks are a little soft, but can be adjusted for stiffness.

Overall a great first bike and very easy to ride. I will be keeping the bike for a long time, and the power is always there if I need it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2008

2007 Suzuki SV650

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.1 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance3407 miles

Summary:

This bike is great for a first time rider, but it will quickly be outgrown

Faults:

The chain showed signs of rust very quickly.

General Comments:

The SV650S is a great first time bike. I previously owned a Katana for a very short time and enjoyed it more.

The bike responds well and is easy to handle.

The bike does not accelerate as quickly as I had hoped, but does well enough. I would not run up against anyone.

The seat for riding more than 20 miles can be a little painful. Though you have a more upright sitting position compared to most crotch rockets, it is still tough.

There is also a good bit of instability at high speeds. The SV650S does not seem to grip the road as I would imagine or hoped it would.

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

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

29th Nov 2007, 20:24

I've been riding for 17 years, and have owned multiple bikes. The SV650S is by far the best all around bike I've ever owned. The harder you push, the better it works, but the original equipment tires are bad and should be replaced ASAP.

This bike is much more than a beginner bike as evidenced by the multiple race classes. There's also an abundance of aftermarket parts, and an almost cult-like following amongst the owners.

2003 Suzuki SV650

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance8300 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Ninja 250

Summary:

A unique low maintenance, high performance sleeper

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the bike.

General Comments:

How is it that a bike like this is so light, yet performs like a Sports Bike. It is a standard isn't it?

Seriously though, this bike does it all. 5 minutes on the bike and I felt as comfortable riding this thing as I did riding my 06' Ninja 250.

The bike has a perfect balance of weight to acceleration ratio; very very manageable in the City, but on the freeway it leaves any car in the dust. Since it is considered a standard motorcycle, insurance is very very cheap.

Averages around 50 MPG when riding aggressively.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2007

2005 Suzuki SV650

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance1300 miles

Summary:

An all around great bike for riders of all levels

Faults:

I have experienced no problems with this motorcycle.

General Comments:

The SV650S is a great bike, particularly for the cost.

The fairing on the S model does not do much unless you are tucked in deep, which can cause a bit of discomfort.

The v-twin motor provides ample torque, giving a large degree of choice when it comes to gear selection for turns. At legal speeds you can ride through a twisty road in 6th gear safely, though 4th gear might be more fun on the corner exits.

The factory seat is not the most comfortable perch for a 100+ mile ride, however around town it is fine. If you plan to ride all day, try some bicycle shorts under your riding suit and/or stop every hour or so to stretch your legs.

I'm getting an easy 50mpg on the highway, even with loaded saddle bags and a tail bag. You'll be tempted to take 100+ mile trips frequently.

With a large following, the aftermarket for the SV650 is nothing short of impressive. If you can think of it - someone makes it.

From 0-60mph, the bike is a rocketship. A roll-on in any gear is also quite fast given the available torque across the powerband.

Top speed isn't stratospheric, though it's plenty high enough to get you a ride in the back seat of a Highway Patrol car.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

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