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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-19-2017, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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2017 SV650 addition

Picked up a 2017 Suzuki SV650 to add to the stable.

Already threw on a fender eliminator kit and Leo Vince exhaust.

I like the bike. Good alternative for weekend solo "fun".

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Looks like a fun little bike for a short ride or some canyon carving.
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like the classic look of the SV. Not a fan of the exhaust though. Love how many bikes like the Kawasaki 650s centralize the exhaust under the bike and only have to little stubby outlet.

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Here's the "before" photo:


2017 Versys 650 LT -- Titanium
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SV650..........is that the proper term for the Gladius? If so they are a real hoot to ride.

I wasn't really interested in buying one but the sales lady just kept putting another bike in front of me...........test rode 6 different bikes, one right after the other.
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Well, it's based upon the Gladius which was based upon the original SV650.

Relatively a "new" bike now with the name change back to SV650 for 2017 model year.

From Cycle World:

"Suzuki’s middleweight-twins platform has borne some rather uninspiring models since the move from SV650 to Gladius to SFV650. With its 2017 SV650, Suzuki promises a return to the platform’s roots. An updated V-twin engine has no fewer than 60 new parts for more power, while a reworked steel frame contributes to a claimed 15-pound (!) weight savings over the outgoing SFV. Add in a fuel tank that’s 2.5 inches narrower than the SFV’s tank, optional ABS (omitted on our test model), Suzuki’s one-push easy-start system, and low-rpm assist feature, and you have a bike that, from a spec-sheet perspective, finally does the SV name proud."

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2017 Versys 650 LT -- Titanium
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The new pipe is definitely an improvement.

I much preferred the FZ-07 when I was looking for a light bike, but then Suzuki was only offering the gladius. I just prefer the tucked in exhaust pipes unless there are one on each side of the bike.



I do like the classic headlight on the reimagined SV650. I might see if the headlight assembly form the new retro 700 would easily move over to the FZ.
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I do like the classic headlight on the reimagined SV650. I might see if the headlight assembly form the new retro 700 would easily move over to the FZ.
This was a big factor for me and getting the SV650.

I sat on the Z650 and that bike really "fit" me but I'm not into the "transformer" look.

Also on the list was the FZ07 but again, it seemed a bit too transformer for me.

The classic look of the new SV650 and V-twin engine were the biggest factors for me.

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Nice machine. I like the blue wheels and the dual exhaust. Wonder if you could convert them into aft-firing rocket launchers. That would sure catch tailgaters off guard - and would wouldn't have to ride through the rubble either. That's always a concern with forward-firing stuff.

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I slightly preferred the Suzuki 650 motor/transmission of the 2017 650 V-Strom I rode over 650 Versys. Road/shifted smoooooth.. Enjoy
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