2018 Suzuki SV650 Review

2018 Suzuki SV650

2018 Suzuki SV650 2018 Suzuki SV650


2018 Suzuki SV650 on Total Motorcycle:

Suzuki continues to refine this iconic motorcycle that embodies the sporty personality that only a lively, mid-sized V-twin roadster can deliver. The SV650 has a polished powerplant that provides surprising performance with low emissions and outstanding fuel economy, mated to refined trim and lightweight chassis that delivers a sporty, exciting ride. Like its predecessors, the 2018 SV650 promises to have the sparkling performance, style and value that a broad range of riders will enjoy.

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What started in 1999 as a motorcycle built to deliver “V-Twin fun”, the Suzuki SV650 quickly became a rider’s phenomenon around the world. Not only was this universal motorcycle well-suited for urban roads but it was right at home on the racetrack too. Raising the “V-Twin fun machine” performance even higher with latest Suzuki innovations, the SV650 now sets a higher standard.

The SV650 is a rider’s go-anywhere dream machine.

Value, Simple and Versatile. Yet, it quite simply is a concept that you actually experience rather than try to define. Loaded with capabilities and exuding personality, your daily commutes or weekend excursions on winding roads are an unforgettable ride.

The SV650’s lightweight and ultra-slim profile give you the confidence to take to the road.

V-Twin Fun for all Riders

SV650 sets the bar higher for V-Twin fun and performance, loaded with capabilities and personality, your commutes or weekend blasts will be unforgettable.

V-Twin fun and Performance

Presenting the newest version of the SV650, it comes complete with the latest Suzuki innovations and will set the bar even higher for V-Twin fun and performance.


Light Weight

With a remarkable weight of only 196kg*, the SV650 makes manoeuvring and handling a sheer joy. The benefits of making the motorcycle lightweight are multi-fold — more responsive acceleration, nimble handling and greater confidence in manoeuvring. Riders of all levels can take to the city or winding roads and experience unrestricted fun.

Slim Body

Achieving a slim body isn’t only about the motorcycle’s seat height. The SV650’s streamlined profile is the result of ergonomically shaped side covers and optimised seat design, which let you straddle the motorcycle with your feet on the ground comfortably while stopped and easily lean into and manage corners while riding.

Truss pipe frame

The truss is constructed of lightweight steel material that allows an overall slimmed down appearance while proudly emphasising the beauty of the robust V-Twin engine.

V-Twin Power For The Street

Suzuki’s V-Twin engine’s calibrated irregular firing intervals create a unique heartbeat-like sound and linear power delivery. The engine has broad range of potential. In local club racing V-Twin cup, the starting grid is still filled with SV650’s. While it has such a great potential, the motorcycle easily fit in the city riding conditions. Combine this power plant with the SV650’s slim design and lightweight body, and you have a ride experience that can amplify seemingly endless potential.


The aluminium die-cast cylinder adopts the patented Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) chrome-plated cylinder, which provides high heat dissipation properties and resistance to wear. The hard exterior coat makes it possible to efficiently dissipate high heat while reducing friction, and achieve a consistent wear resistant seal on the piston rings.

Dual Spark Technology

Suzuki’s Dual Spark Technology utilises two spark plugs per cylinder for precision ignition. The result is high combustion efficiency, smooth power delivery, low fuel consumption and low emissions.

Low RPM Assist

TI-ISC has the Low RPM Assist control function. In the launching operation or low rpm riding conditions, ECM activates ISC system. By opening the ISC circuits, engine rpm slightly raises. Normally in launching the motorcycle, engine rpm drops when the clutch is engaged. This general behavior causes engine stall. The Low RPM Assist helps rider for smooth launching operation in low rpm range. It also makes easy to ride at low speed in stop and go traffic.

Pistons & Rings

In order to support overall fuel efficiency and emissions control, the V-Twin engine adopts two innovations: resin coating on the piston skirt for minimised friction between the cylinder and piston, and a special L-shaped piston ring for enhanced seal performance and blow-by gas reduction.

Dual Spark 90° V-Twin

The Suzuki V-Twin engine is a marvel of engineering and superb versatility. While at lower RPMs, this engine delivers powerful torque that’s easy to handle and a deep robust sound. Open the throttle to mid-range, and the power of the engine responds linearly and smoothly, yet always under your control. Finally at higher RPMs, the V-Twin cruises with performance ready to go, even at higher gears. The V-Twin meets the latest EURO4 emissions regulations while achieving class-leading fuel economy (3.9L / 100km [26km / L] * ) and high maximum output.  In WMTC mode measured by SUZUKI

SDTV Fuel injection

The SV650 features Suzuki’s performance-proven Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system, which includes dual butterfly valves per cylinder for enhanced power output efficiency. Combined with the ten-hole fuel injectors, fuel-combustion efficiency is further optimised as well as smooth power delivery and fuel economy. Furthermore, the system includes a thin and light 39mm throttle body with a built-in ISC (Idle Speed Control), providing optimized idling stability and environmental performance.





2018 Suzuki SV650 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Liquid cooled, 645cc, 4-stroke, DOHC, V-twin engine delivers inspired performance.

Suzuki EFI system with Low RPM Assist makes take offs smooth and pleasant.

Trellis-style frame constructed of high-strength steel tubes contributes to the motorcycle’s low weight and trim chassis.

Slim bodywork is aesthetically pleasing while aiding comfort and maneuverability.

Spring pre-load adjusters are added to the fork, and new Dunlop “Road Smart III’s make this the best handling bike in its class.



Lightweight Chassis

With a remarkable ready to ride weight of only 197kg, the SV650 makes manoeuvring and handling easy and pleasurable. The SV650 makes good use of its light weight with responsive acceleration, nimble handling and absolute confidence in manoeuvring. Riders of all levels can take to the city or winding roads and experience unrestricted fun.


Slim Body

The SV650’s streamlined profile is the result of ergonomically shaped side panels and optimised seat design, which let you straddle the motorcycle with your feet on the ground if stopped or for easy changes of position while flowing through corners. The narrow, streamlined seat is 785mm in height and is designed almost flat from front to rear, yet gives riders a high degree of grip in the upright position. Despite its ample 13.8 litre capacity, the fuel tank is slim and sports an ergonomic form for maximum rider comfort.



The front suspension system employs durable 41mm telescopic right way upfront forks with 125mm travel. While the rear features link-type suspension with a stroke of 63mm and is pre-load adjustable to one of 7 pre-defined settings. Together, the SV650’s suspension system ensures consistent ride-ability and sporty handling performance.


Wheels and Tyres

The five-spoke cast aluminium wheels create a sporty look. For an excellent balance of cornering performance and straight line speed stability, the SV650 uses the Dunlop radial sport 120/70ZR17M/C for the front and 160/60ZR17M/C for the rear.


Brakes and ABS

The SV650’S stopping performance comes courtesy of large 290mm dual front disc brakes and a 240mm rear brake disc provide incredible performance and control. Compact and lightweight, the SV650 has state-of-the-art ABS technology¹ manufactured by Nissin, thus making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance.


Advanced Rider Technology

The SV650 is equipped with some of the most advanced rider technology available, including Low RPM Assist and Suzuki Easy Start System.


Low RPM Assist

Suzuki Easy Start System


New SV Look

The overall shape expresses its slim, lightweight design and is intended to enhance the strength of V-Twin engine. Clean, neatly shaped body lines have been styled to appeal to a wide variety of riders. A combination of black plastics and painted parts emphasise its slim, sporty and lightweight looks.


Classic Style Headlight

The round multi-reflector headlight is designed to distribute the maximum amount of light to ensure the SV650 is always seen. In classic SV650 style, the distinctive round shape is used not only for its original aesthetic but also allows for easy customisation.


Striking Rear LED Lights

An integrated twin-LED tail light and brake light configuration is compact and slim. High performance LEDs deliver excellent visibility and high durability, and makes for sharp and sleek rear section.


Full LCD Instruments

A multifunction LCD instrument panel displays; gear position, digital speedometer, tachometer, as well as indicators for odometer, tripmeter, clock, water temperature gauge and fuel gauge. The backlight is adjustable in six levels of brightness and can be set to your preference.




2018 Suzuki SV650 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine Features

Class exclusive*, 645cc DOHC 90°V-twin engine produces strong, torque-rich horsepower while conforming the latest emission requirements.

The energy efficient engine has unique pistons that were engineered with use of FEM (Finite Element Method) analysis to achieve optimal rigidity and weight.

Each piston skirt has a special resin coating, and the other sliding part are tinned for less friction and greater durability – a first for a Suzuki motorcycle.

Suzuki’s innovative L-shaped piston rings contribute to reduce blow-by gas, resulting in less emissions and greater combustion efficiency.

SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material)-plated cylinders reduce friction and improve heat transfer and durability.

Both cylinder heads feature Suzuki’s original Dual Spark Technology for greater combustion efficiency, better fuel economy and cleaner emission.

The fuel injection system employs Suzuki’s innovative, SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve) with 39mm throttle bodies. The secondary throttle valves are controlled by servo motor for smooth power delivery and optimum combustion efficiency.

Ten-hole; long-nosed type fuel injectors on each throttle body improves fuel atomization for better combustion efficiency and while reducing fuel consumption.

The EFI system employs O2 feedback and a precise intake pressure sensor for optimum combustion efficiency in various conditions, and reduces emissions to an incredibly low level.

Suzuki’s patented, Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) eases starting, stabilizes the engine idle speed and helps lower emissions. The system is compact and lightweight.

The TI-ISC on the SV650 incorporates Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist feature that seamlessly adjusts engine speed during take-off and low-speed running to smooth the power delivery and to help eliminate the possibility of the rider stalling the motorcycle.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) provides state-of-the-art engine management and has enhanced settings to suit the intake and exhaust systems, resulting in better fuel economy and linear throttle response.

Advanced, transistorized ignition control programming helps maintain more precise spark timing to the four iridium, long-life spark plugs.

The SV650 also features Suzuki’s Easy Start system (which was first featured on the GSX-S1000) that lets the rider start the motorcycle with a momentary press of the start switch without pulling in the clutch lever when the transmission is in neutral.

The air cleaner case design has high capacity and routes crankcase breather gas from the engine cover to help increase engine power. The air intake funnels have staggered lengths to heighten mid-range torque.

The exhaust system has a clean, functional appearance and lower weight. The 2-into1 system has a catalyzer to further reduce emissions.

The high-efficiency radiator employs a large cooling fan for exceptional cooling capacity. To further control temperature, the engine is also fitted with a coolant-cooled, oil cooler that is compact and lightweight.

The close-ratio, six-speed transmission features carefully selected ratios that are equally well suited for commuting or spirited riding.

The multiplate clutch has precise rack & pinion actuation for a light pull and consistent release point.


Chassis Features
Bright, durable LED combination tail and brake light, plus front and rear, amber tinted turn signals.

Attention to rider comfort and confidence includes a carefully shaped seat with a high-grip cover, and integrated cargo retention loops that can pull out from under the seat.

The styling was conceived to express slim, lightweight design and to showcase the strength of V-twin engine. The clean, neatly shaped body lines are aimed to be appealing to a wide range of riders.

Racing stripes and refined fuel tank shape enhances the motorcycle’s sporty character. Fuel tank capacity is an ample 14.5L (3.8 US gal) for both US and California specification models.

New Blue/White color scheme is reminiscing of past Suzuki racing models while a new Black color scheme is set off by the trellis frame finished in a bright red to deliver a European sport look.

The compact, lightweight chassis is covered with slim bodywork to create a bike that’s agile and fun to ride on a variety of streets – such as city traffic, highway, rural roads and winding roads.

The ready-to-ride weight of the 2018 SV650 is just 432 pounds.

The high-strength steel, trellis-style frame is key to the motorcycle’s trim and intelligent dimensions. The seat height is just 785mm (30.9 in.) and is the lowest in the 600 – 800cc street bike class.

The SV650’s fuel tank is short and narrow but maintains the same 3.8 US gallon fuel capacity in both US and California versions.

The slim fuel tank and seat joint aids the rider touch the ground better at stops.

The frame is mated to a steel, beam-type swingarm with a straightforward chain tension adjuster system.

The 41mm conventional style front fork has a generous 125mm (4.9 in.) of wheel travel to provide a sporty, but plush ride.

New preload adjusters for 2018 on each fork leg allow the rider to quickly tune the front fork’s spring rate for riding conditions or load weight.

Link-type rear shock unit has 63mm (2.48 in.) stroke, and is tuned for a superb progressive feel and to react efficiently to varied road conditions while still delivering an agile and stable feel.

The rear shock’s spring pre-load is 7-way adjustable so you can easily adjust for a passenger or cargo.

Five-spoke cast-aluminum-alloy wheels are shod with lightweight, front and rear DUNLOP radial tires for sharp handling and good mileage.

New Dunlop ROAD SMART III tires are fitted for 2018 to help with handling and all-around tire performance.

Fresh design, compact and lightweight instrument cluster has a full LCD display eliminating motor and needle mechanics.

The instrument panel has several features, including a tachometer, speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure indicator, gear position, plus fuel consumption and driving range data.

Well proportioned, tubular handlebars and mid-set foot controls create a sporting, yet ergonomically relaxed riding position.

Tastefully designed, round shaped headlight is multi-reflector type with 12V60/55W halogen bulb.


Additional Features
Stylized Suzuki “S” 3-D emblems on the fuel tank and the fork upper bracket denotes the quality, sophistication and performance legacy of the brand.

A variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for SV owners are available including a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.

12-month limited warranty





2018 Suzuki SV650 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7,049 USD


Engine  645cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90O V-twin

Bore x Stroke     81.0 x 62.6 mm (3.189 x 2.465 in.)

Compression Ratio          11.2: 1

Fuel System       Suzuki Fuel Injection

Starter  Electric

Lubrication          Wet sump

Drive Train

Transmission      6-speed, constant mesh

Clutch   Wet, multi-plate type


Suspension Front             Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Suspension Rear               Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped

Brakes Front       Dual, 2-piston calipers, Twin-disc brake rotor

Brakes Rear        Single 1-piston caliper, single-disc brake rotor

Tires Front          120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless

Tires Rear            160/60ZR17M/C (69W), tubeless

Fuel Tank Capacity           14.5 L (3.8 US gallons)

Color     Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White -or- Glass Sparkle Black


Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

Ignition 12 V, 60/55 W (H4)

Ignition LED

Dimensions and Curb Weight

Overall Length   2140 mm (84.3 in.)

Overall Width    760 mm (29.9 in.)

Wheelbase         1445 mm (56.9 in.)

Ground Clearance            135 mm (5.3 in.)

Seat Height         785 mm (30.9 in.)

Curb Weight       196 kg (432.1 lbs.)


Warranty             12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty



2018 Suzuki SV650 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN





2018 Suzuki SV650 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £5699 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Engine capacity 645cc Engine 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC V-Twin
Bore 81mm x 62.6mm (3.19in x 2.46in) Compression ratio 11.2 : 1
Lubrication Wet sump Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorised)
Fuel system Fuel injection Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Drive Chain Starter Electric
MPG* 74.34 CO2 89 g/km
Power 56.0kW @ 8500rpm (76PS) Torque 64.00Nm @ 8100rpm (47.00lb.ft)†
Front suspension Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped Rear suspension Link, type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes Disc brake, twin Rear brakes Disc brake
Front tyres 120/70R17 M/C (58W) Rear tyres 160/60R17 M/C (69W)
Overall length 2140mm (84.25in) Overall width 760mm (29.92in)
Overall height 1090mm (42.91in) Wheelbase 1445mm (56.89in)
Ground clearance 135mm (5.31in) Seat height 785mm (30.91in)
Kerb mass 197.0kg (434.31lbs) Fuel capacity 13.8 litres (3.0UK gallons)





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