2005 Suzuki SV Review


The 2005 Suzuki SV carries over from the 2004 production year—another quality batch of Suzuki-made motorcycles. The Suzuki SV serves as an excellent entry-level motorcycle, locked into the standard motorcycle class. This bike is often referred to as a Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) in print, a sport bike by riders and motorcycle enthusiasts, and a naked bike by those who classify bikes by aesthetic style. Unlike most Suzuki motorcycles bearing a similar look and build, the 2005 SV is naked, lacking the full fairing that dresses most sport bikes.

The 2005 Suzuki SV is offered with two different power platforms. The entry-level SV650, and the power sprinter, SV1000S. The 650 runs on an efficient, 645cc, 90 degree, liquid cooled, DOHC V-Twin, boasting two valves per cylinder. The six speed transmission allows for a wide range of performance, from efficient cruising, to rapid get-up-and-go that will leave slow traffic in a Suzuki SV vapor trail.

Riders will find that both the 650 and 1000 are capable performers. The fuel injected throttle response is rider sensitive, allowing for maximum control of the bike during high speed handling, or slow and steady parking lot maneuvering. The dual front, and single rear hydraulic disc brakes provide supreme stopping power, especially for a bike that weighs significantly less than 400 pounds, when filled with its fluids.

The 2005 Suzuki SV looks like a fun ride, and it is. The 2005 SV650 won't intimidate anyone who enjoys straddling a two wheeled machine, even if experience is limited to riding a bicycle. As mentioned, it possesses impressive quickness from a standstill. With its sleek design, it is a perfect commuter bike, capable of getting in an out of traffic without causing the operator to break a sweat. The top end offers more speed than most riders will want to explore, but for those who want to get it out on a track, it will top out around 120 mph. This is quite common for all Suzuki motorcycles in this engine class. In addition to its versatile riding performance, one of its most noteworthy features is its fuel economy. At 59 mpg highway, the 2005 SV650 will present significant savings at the pump.

The sporty looks of the standard motorcycle will attract those who prefer a little more sport performance, combined with a down and forward riding style. The naked frame and engine are great for showing off the power plant, as well as the working components. Many riders customize their Suzuki SV by buckling more fairing to the frame to give it a true sport bike look. Many others leave it stripped down, and add a variety of racks and luggage capability for sport touring crossover.

The 2005 Suzuki SV is a perfect beginner motorcycle. For any individual who has always wanted a motorcycle, and is in search of a starting place within the sport cycle class, the Suzuki SV will quickly earn a special place in personal history. The reliability of these bikes, matched with their performance and economy, allows them to easily compete for a potential buyer's attention. And for those who have a little more two-wheeled experience, the 2005 SV1000S serves as an excellent 1000cc class, budget-friendly option.

New For 2005

  • The 2005 Suzuki SV is carryover from the 2004 model.

2005 Suzuki SV Specs

  • Model: 2005 Suzuki SV 650
  • Engine Type: 645 cc, four-stroke, liquid cooled, 90 degree V-twin,
  • Bore and Stroke: 81.0 x 62.6 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, 8-valves
  • Induction: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal.
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 45/59 mpg city/hwy
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, fully adjustable preload
  • Suspension (Rear): Link-type, 7-way adjustable spring preload
  • Rake: 25 degrees
  • Trail: 102 mm
  • Wheelbase: 56.7 in.
  • Seat Height: 31.5 in.
  • Curb Weight: 363 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 120/60-ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 160/60-ZR17


  • Luggage Accessories
  • Top Racks and Cases
  • Dress and Performance Accessories
  • Windshields

Key Competitors For The 2005 Suzuki SV

  • 2005 Ducati Monster 620
  • 2005 Yamaha FZ1
  • 2005 Kawasaki Z750