Sunday, October 7, 2007

Owner Survey - 2006 Suzuki SV 650S

Never mind the hype put out by manufacturers and the reviews done by the pro publishers, here's a chance to take a look at what actual owners think of their rides. I have already done a survey on my own 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C and a 2007 Buell Odyssey. This post is on a 2006 Suzuki SV 650S.

The Suzuki 650S appears to be a very good choice of bike for lots of reasons. It gets excellent fuel economy at 50mpg and the initial purchasing price of a new 2008 model seems like a bargain at under $7,000.00. I took a quick look around the Internet and found used ones going for around $4,000-$5,000. The online Kelley Blue Book has the 2006 SV650S listed with a retail value of $5015.00.

So if you're looking for a practical sportbike that's good for the commute and carving the twisties, the SV650S or its twin, the Standard SV650 may be just the ride for you. If sport bikes aren't your thing, the Standard version has an upright seating position and would make a great all around bike. It sells for about $500.00 less.

Owner Name/State - hsartteacher, Miami FL
Year/Make/Model -2006 Suzuki SV 650S (red)
Modifications/Accessories-frame sliders, tank bag, tank pad, in process of putting in new Sonic Springs in front
How tall are you?- 5'9"
How are the ergonomics, is the bike comfortable on short rides?-on short rides it is great. This is the sport bike version of the SV so the position is more aggressive; longer rides takes some getting used to. You need to use your abs, squeeze the tank slightly w/your knees to take pressure off your arms.
What would you say about the handling characteristics? -so easy to take corners and curves, flickable, maneuverable, a BLAST to ride
What is the bike mostly used for? -street riding for fun, commuting, overnight trips, and now track day coming up
Has there been any unscheduled maintenance or repairs?-just fixing the clutch lever after a low speed parking lot drop (doh my fault)
What is the average gas mileage?-50 mpg
Average miles ridden per week?-150-200
Mileage on the odometer?-2400
What do you like most about the bike?-all around fun to ride for a variety of riding styles. Kicks a** on curves/corners, can outcorner a litre bike.
What do you like least about the bike? -fender is kinda ugly cheap plastic (but it's a budget bike)
Would you buy another one?- YES!!!!!!!!
If you had a different bike, what would it be? -maybe a Triumph Street Triple or Daytona 675
Overall are you satisfied with your bike? -I adore it
Would you recommend the bike to others?-Absolutely-- a great value for the money. May be a bit much for rank beginners though.
Comments?:This bike has a cult-like following worldwide because it is so quick, flickable, and all around fun to ride. People who don't want the sport riding position should sit on the standard SV 650 (same bike, w/ higher handlebars and no fairing). I used to ride a cruiser and will never go back to that; there is no comparison.

So there you have it, the Suzuki SV 650S. Thank you hsartteacher for giving us a rare and valuable peek at the SV 650S from an owner's perspective.

Would you like to have your bike featured and in the spotlight here at Kano's eCoffee House? All makes, models and years are welcome. Just send me an email at and I'll get a quick and easy survey out to you pronto.

Specs - 2006 Suzuki SV650S
Engine: 645 cc, four-stroke, liquid cooled, 90° V-twin, DOHC, 8-valves, TSC
Bore Stroke: 81.0 x 62.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: #525 chain
Overall Length: 2080 mm (81.9 in.)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in.)
Overall Height: 1170 mm (46.1 in.)
Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in.)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in.)
Wheelbase: 1430 mm (56.3 in.)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs.)
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, fully adjustable preload
Suspension Rear: Link-type, 7-way adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front: 120/60-ZR17
Tires Rear: 160/60-ZR17
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 liter (4.5 gal.) 16 liter (4.2 gal.) CA. model
Color: Blue, Red

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Ada said...

I think ur suvery is very useful for the person who want to buy a 2006 Suzuki SV 650S. IMany friends I meet on a site called bikerkiss have once done such suvery . But their suvery is about Harley.

Kano said...

ada-Even though the survey is on a 2006 model, anyone interested in SV650s from model years 2004-2008 could benefit from the info. since there apparantly has been little change in this excellent bike.

brevity said...

Hey Kano,

Just wanted to say thanks for the survey/article. I've been thinking for some time about buying an SV650 and am just now really leaning (no pun intended) toward the 650S. You had the kind of information I really wanted to know... Basically, how FUN it is to ride one!

Berry said...

Your survey is very great & powerful for suzuki buyers. It also supports me to. But suzuki products are too much expensive so i ever search for saving & got discount through extrememoto deals on bikes accessories