Manufacturer: Suzuki………..TOP Model: L650S Savage Years Made: 1986 – Present Style: Cruiser Engine Type:
Weight: 360 HP: 40 Torque: Top Speed: 95 mph MPG: 60 New Cost: $5,499 (1986) – $6,132 (1989)
Average Used Costs: Low $1,221 Medium $1,890 High $3,620
Savage 650: A modern interpretation of a classic design.
Feel the strong low-end to midrange power from the big single-cylinder engine as you easily maneuver the Savage through traffic or a twisty back road.
Sleek cruiser styling with pullback bars, teardrop fuel tank, wide rear fender and kicked-out front end define the Savage 650. Chrome accents sparkle from the front forks to the exhaust pipe and are accentuated with new look black cases and cylinder that is topped with a high polished cylinder head. Feeling relaxed is important on the open road. For 2002, redesigned rider and passenger seats offer improved comfort on those long journeys. Classic design spoke wheels complete the package.
Whether you’re a new rider or one returning to motorcycling, the Savage 650 is a great way to experience the excitement of cruising. -Suzuki
MBG Says: (Rating 6.5/10) The Savage is one of those bikes that seems forgotten by their manufacturer, returning without apparent reason year after year. They are less expensive, but also worth much less then their modern equivalents. Thanks to its very accessible ride, this one will nevertheless do the job and satisfy a beginner, at least for a while. But don’t expect much more. For this reason, and since the model has proven reliable, a used one makes more sense than a new one.
UMG Says: Huge thumper in custom guise, with belt drive, that produces excess of low end torque but gasps at the upper end of the range. Performance is helped by the relative lack of mass, worth looking at for someone who wants a custom without the usual 500lbs plus of metal. Piston, cam and gearbox eventually give trouble.
IGM Says: The only thing Savage about this little single-cylinder cruiser is its name. It’s an attractive bike, with a lot-maintenance drive belt, but the engine is weak, even when compared to other thumpers. If I were in the market for this type of bike, I’d spend the extra an buy a Harley Sportster 883, just for its superior resale value.