Suzuki’s SV 650 line of naked bikes was designed to set the standard for middleweight sport motorcycles. The line was introduced to international markets in 1999, beginning with the SV 650 as a budget entry in its class. The SV 650 was popular with motorcyclists from the beginning, though its popularity waned in 2003 when the Japanese manufacturer did some major revising. The redesigned motorcycle had a very aggressive look which didn’t appeal to riders. The early SV 650s appear influenced by the Ducati Monster as far as looks go. In 2007, the line-up included the SV 650, the SV 650 S, and two SV 650 models with anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Suzuki replaced the SV 650 with the SFV 650 Gladius in 2009.
The SV 650 S makes a good entry level motorcycle for riders who want to build up experience. Suzuki also targeted this motorcycle for women riders because it is low and lightweight, making it easy for them to handle. The two SV 650 models are essentially the same, with the SV 650 S having higher footpegs and lower handlebars. The SV 650s come with dual headlights that include running lights and folding mirrors. The instrument panel includes an LCD speedometer, trip meter, analog tachometer, an LCD clock, fuel level warning light and temperature gauge. The motorcycle can go from 0 to 100 mph in 9.94 seconds. Riders say the SV 650 looks like a sports bike but rides like a touring motorcycle; it handles itself well in city driving as well as on the open road, with the capability of hitting 110 mph. Riders give the SV 650 high marks for overall characteristics, including quality and reliability, ride and comfort, performance and value. A couple of riders thought the front suspension could be improved and it is not really sturdy enough to carry a rider and passenger. The SV 650 S comes in red and blue.