Friday, 10 June 2016


It doesn't happen very often but I got a new bike. When I say "new" I mean new to me. It’s a 2006 Suzuki SV650.

As you all know I currently run a Yamaha FJ1200 for runs & touring and a Honda CBF250 for getting about locally and winter use. Both these bikes are getting on a bit in years and/or miles. Also I fancied a middleweight bike that was nibbler than the FJ and faster than the CBF. This makes sense because I spent my time riding mostly the back roads.

My friend Malcolm bought the SV new and when I rode it ten years ago I thought it was great and said that if he ever came to sell it, give me a call. Well that time came and when I rode it again this week I had a grin all over my face. What a brilliant little bike - light, good brakes and handling and what an engine! It feels strong and eager to rev but flexible enough to pull from low revs. It is definitely best in the twisty back roads where it is pretty damned fast. Malcolm prefers to ride his MZ Rotax 500 these days (some people are strange!)

It's in great condition with 15,000 miles. I know that Malcolm looked after the bike well.

V twin engine means a slim bike
 The bike also has some useful extras & mods.

Nitron shock

Centre stand. The SV doesn't come with one or have provision for fitting one. This is by SW Motech and attaches onto the suspension linkages. Handy for maintenance.

Fender extender, loud horns, engine bars

Rack & comfort seat. Malcolm bought a spare seat and had it re-upholstered.

Bar risers

The luggage system by SW Motech has quick detachable pannier loops.

I don't intend touring on the SV but I have that option. The slim Givi E21 panniers look good on the bike.

The SV in its natural environment - a twisty back road.


  1. Congrats. I have heard only good about the SV, and people are known to take it as far as Alaska, so why not touring? It has all the bells and whistles to do so... Enjoy!

    1. I'm very pleased with the bike. Huge fun to ride. I'm thinking about a fly screen for longer runs.