Suzuki’s SV650 will carry forward into 2023 unchanged, though there will be some new color options for riders in ABS and non-ABS trims. Those in the market for ABS will get a Metallic Reflective Blue color scheme with dark gold frame and wheels for $7,849. The non-ABS SV650 will be dressed in Glass Sparkle Black and Solid Iron Gray, with a dark gray frame and red wheels for $7,399. Both bikes are $100 more, respectively, than their 2022 predecessors.
Suzuki hit the nail on the head when it finally trimmed down the Gladius to revive the SV underneath in 2017 and since then not much has happened. We saw a cafe racer edition come and go in the States, but it’s essentially the same machine that first came to market six years ago.
That machine includes a spritely 90-degree 645cc V-twin with enjoyable power output, particularly in the low- and midrange. The svelte, simple design aesthetic remains eye-catching and the nimble machine will still provide a memorable ride in the twisties. It held its own against the FZ-07 (now MT-07) not long after its debut and would likely do as well today, even though it’s overdue for an update.
The bottom line is the SV650 has been and remains a compelling choice for riders on a budget who want a really easy-handling bike that’s fun to ride, nice to look at, relatively simple to maintain, and capable of performing well in a variety of different ride situations.