The SV650 and variants are street motorcycles manufactured since 1999 for the international market by the Suzuki Motor Corporation, featuring a mid-sized V-twin engine and medium performance components. In 2009, Suzuki replaced the SV650 with the SFV650 Gladius. Suzuki introduced the SV650 in 1999 as a budget entry in the emerging bike market and, as of 2008, offered both and fully faired. The bike provided a sporty though easily manageable ride. The combination of light weight, rigid chassis, strong handling, and the V-twin’s strong mid-range torque appealed to beginner and experienced riders alike. While Suzuki has clearly modeled the first generation of the bike’s aesthetics after the Suzuki TL1000S, there is also a clear influence from the Ducati Monster. The TL is still considered the “big brother” of the SV650. The 2003 SV1000 replaced the TL Series and Suzuki marketed it as a bigger alternative to the second generation SV650.
The SV650 immediately became popular, but American buyers wanted the sportier ‘S’ version that featured lower handlebars, higher foot pegs and a bikini fairing and windscreen, available only in the European and Canadian markets. American magazines ran articles describing how to import it into the United States. In 2000, Suzuki began importing the SV650S to the USA. Because of the relatively low purchase price and excellent handling characteristics, the SV650 became popular with racers which prompted a rebirth of the “lightweight twins” racing classes across North America and the SV650 began winning against the aged Suzuki GS500, Honda NT650 and Kawasaki Ninja 500R, which previously populated the class. In 2003, Suzuki redesigned the SV650 with a new pressure-cast aluminum truss frame, new bodywork, new swing-arm with revised rear brake caliper mounting, new exhaust, brand new digital speedometer display and a new electronic fuel injection/induction system to replace the carburetor. The new model failed to gain initial acceptance by riders, largely because the new angular aesthetic looked more aggressive and visually larger than the “curvy” first generation SV650. The 2003 SV650s also supported some first generation parts. The subframe is also angled up higher than 2004+ models. The different subframe has year-specific parts, such as the rider seat, plastic frame covers, exhaust hanger brackets and passenger pegs.
For 2004, Suzuki used a new, 40 mm lower subframe and a seat with a narrower design in the front. The trail was raised by 2 mm, and the rear fender was restyled to clean up the area under the tail lights and provide more protection against flying debris. In 2005, the frame was changed from silver to a matte black finish. For 2007, both SV650 and SV650S added twin spark plugs per cylinder and an exhaust gas oxygen sensor for reduced emissions. An anti-lock braking system(ABS) was also added as an option. For 2008, alongside the traditional SV650 and SV650S models, Suzuki offered a new SV650 Sport (UK) or SV650SF (US) model with a more traditional complete fairing. The SV650S was removed from the US market. In September 2008, Suzuki Australia introduced the SV650SU, a detuned version of the SV650S, to augment their range of motorcycles that comply with the country’s Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS). The 2009 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius replaced the SV650 version in the USA, however a 2009 Sv650 is available in Canada. For more info about Honda Motorcycle Fairings and Suzuki Fairings, please visit our website!
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