2005 Suzuki SV650 from Canada


A simple, fun and affordable bike


Nothing so far. Only have 300 miles on it...

General Comments:

I have the S model, which isn't usually recommended for beginners. Personnaly I have had no problems whatsoever riding this bike, and have found it easier to ride in all situations than the ones I rode on the course (Savage, Rebel 250, Vulcan 500, Buell Blast).

The controls are low effort and very smooth. The low weight makes it easy to manoeuvre at low speeds, and high speed handling is very stable. The suspension is reputed to be cheap, but the default settings work great for me (5ft 7, 155lbs), and it soaks up bumps and potholes pretty well with good cornering characteristics. The bike is both stable and agile at higher speeds.

The engine is very smooth and very flexible. It gives good, smooth acceleration in practically any gear at any speed. Higher revs give a stronger pull, but even at 3K RPM it will pull willingly without hesitation. It also sounds great as the revs climb, and the engine braking is strong enough to slow you down alone in most situations.

The riding position is sporty for sure. It's quite comfortable, but there is some weight on your wrists. I have found my right hand getting numb after 30 minutes of riding, but otherwise the bike is comfortable. Thicker gloves seem to help somewhat, but a more standard riding position is better for comfort.

Overall I am very happy with my purchase, especially when considering the very low price and the cheap insurance. I was originally set on buying a 599 (for the looks) or an FZ6 (for the R6 engine), but had in mind many favorable reviews that put the SV on top as having the best engine, the strongest chassis and the lowest weight in its class. For thousands less than those other bikes, it's hard to beat...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2006

2005 Suzuki SV650 from United States of America


An all around great bike for riders of all levels


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