A long-time favorite here at MD, the SV650 has always represented lightweight performance and fun at a reasonable price. Suzuki has just announced the early release 2017 SV650, which features substantial engine and chassis changes resulting in more power and less weight — together with a claimed increase in fuel economy. Immediately obvious is the new steel trellis frame, but there are plenty of other changes. Here is the announcement from Suzuki (you can see a huge PDF file with all the model details here) :
BREA, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2015) – Suzuki unveils the new 2017 SV650, restoring the simple thrill of V-twin motorcycling, with a package that’s lighter, more powerful and more versatile.
In 1999, Suzuki introduced the original SV650 with the simple concept of “V-Twin fun.” The bike quickly earned hero status around the world – it served riders well as a first street bike and as a track-day choice and club racer. The original SV taught Suzuki that owners could define the bike’s opportunities. Recreated and updated with scores of new components, the 2017 SV650 is designed to elevate the performance standard for “V-twin fun machine.” Even more than the original, this new SV delivers capabilities and personality that will provide owners limitless V-twin thrills.
Suzuki took the 645cc liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin from the original, and updated it with more than 60 new parts to create a more powerful and cleaner-burning DOHC V-twin powerplant. Long praised for its responsive and reliable performance, this updated engine will deliver an even more rewarding ownership experience tucked in the 2017 SV650. The engine now produces higher max horsepower and stronger torque in the low-to-mid range, and it’s still able to deliver improved fuel economy and lower emissions.
New engine features include pistons designed for optimal rigidity and weight, using new resin-coated piston skirts for less friction and greater durability. Ignition is optimized by the use of two spark plugs per cylinder. The Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system features 10-hole fuel injectors for powerful and efficient combustion. A new lighter-weight exhaust system helps the SV boost low- and mid-range power, and its catalyzer helps keep emissions low.
The SV650 features Suzuki’s new one-push easy-start system, first introduced on the 2016 GSX-S1000. A new low-rpm assist feature complements the throttle-body integrated idle speed control to deliver more consistent and powerful launch from a stop.
Combine this refreshed powerplant with the SV650’s slim design and lightweight body, and you have a ride experience with seemingly endless potential. The SV’s updated chassis incorporates more than 70 new parts and components, and the result is a slimmer and lighter overall package. The 2017 SV650 weighs 15 pounds less than the previous SFV650. The new truss frame is constructed of lightweight steel that proudly emphasizes the beauty of the robust V-twin engine. More than just looking good, that slim body and reduced weight translates into a more comfortable, more powerful and more responsive ride experience.
The new SV650 uses large 290mm dual front disc brakes and 240mm rear brakes for incredible stopping performance and control. The SV650 is also available with a new compact and lightweight ABS system manufactured by Nissin, making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance. The front suspension system uses 41mm telescopic front forks, plus a link-type rear suspension. Together, the SV650’s suspension system ensures consistent and sporty handling performance. Radial tires run on stylish and lightweight 17-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
Riders remain aware using the SV’s multifunction LCD instrument panel which displays gear position, digital speedometer, tachometer, and includes indicators for odometer, trip meter, average/instantaneous fuel consumption, driving range, clock, water temperature gauge and fuel gauge. Backlight is adjustable in six levels of brightness and can be set to your preference.
The 2017 Suzuki SV650 delivers on two design goals: It brings back the concept of a simple and fun V-twin sports ride; and it delivers that with improved power and a lighter overall package. Suzuki restores the simple thrill of a V-twin.
Price, color and availability for the SV650/A are currently TBA, but targeted to be available in dealers Late Spring/Early Summer.
*Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Note2: ABS is equipped only with SV650A.
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