2006 Suzuki SV Review


The 2006 Suzuki SV models are sleek, enjoyable machines. They fall under the classification of standard motorcycle, but are referred to as sport bikes, naked bikes (sport bikes minus their fairing), and UMJ (Universal Japanese Motorcycles).There are two 2006 Suzuki SV models to choose from: the SV650 and the SV1000. The base 650 is a near perfect bike for new riders or the experienced rider looking to enjoy fantastic value, stellar performance, and fuel economy.

With certain motorcycling trends started among sport bike enthusiasts, including stripped fairing, Suzuki took notice and offered a direct competitor to the popular Ducati Monster 620 in look, style, and performance. The 90-degree V-Twin is unmistakable. With routine maintenance, it can be expected to run without a hitch for thousands and thousands of miles. There""s a good chance the Suzuki engine technology will outlast many of the bike""s chassis features. With the 2006 Suzuki SV650, riders get a reliable, liquid-cooled engine that can be pushed hard on long stretches, or on the curves and hills of mountain roads. It is also a motorcycle that has enjoyed many positive owner reviews. Many riders claim that the bike continues to get better and better after the initial break-in period.

Considering the stop and go of the Suzuki SV650, cruising speed can come as a blur when running through the six gears. It""s ridiculously quick off the line and offers riders lightweight handling and easy maneuverability. Getting out of thick traffic is also an easy task with the Suzuki SV650. The shifting is smooth, and highway speeds will be achieved with two gears left untouched. The transmission allows the SV650 to cruise at premium motor efficiency. In simple terms, this bike gets excellent gas mileage, and the Suzuki SV650 tested at 43/59 mpg city/highway. When bringing this two-wheeler to a stop, the dual front discs and single rear hydraulic are more than capable of controlling a bike weighing in at less than 400 pounds. This is a feature that rookie and veteran riders will certainly enjoy.

The big brother of the 2006 Suzuki SV650, the SV1000, is the true racer of the Suzuki SV line. Full fairing versions were manufactured for the European and Asian markets, but the Japanese manufacturer decided to leave the 1000 rather bare for American enthusiasts. The front windscreen serves as a half shirt of sorts—the engine compartment is exposed and looks very similar to its little brother, yet with more brawn.

The bottom line on the 2006 Suzuki SV models: these motorcycles equate to a positive riding experience and are afforded at impressive price points. Whether riding this standard bike as a daily commuter, or on longer weekend trips with a passenger, it will be a great go-to for thousands and thousands of miles.

New For 2006

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2006 Suzuki SV Specs

  • Model: 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, eight valves
  • Induction: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 45/59 mpg city/highway
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, fully adjustable preload
  • Suspension (Rear): Link-type, seven-way adjustable spring preload
  • Rake: 25 degrees
  • Trail: 102 mm
  • Wheelbase: 56.7 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 363 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/60-ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 160/60-ZR17


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Key Competitors For The 2006 Suzuki SV

  • Ducati Monster 620
  • Yamaha FZ1