2017 Suzuki SV650 - 15

First announced in November 2015, Suzuki is set to launch the revised and face-lifted 2017 SV650 today in Spain, according to a Motorcycle News report. The European public unveiling of Suzuki’s popular middle-weight is set to show the fourth-generation SV650’s new, angular body shape, a change from the swoopy curves of the 2009 model, called the “Gladius” in some markets.

A number of changes have been made to the engine and bike itself, notably to reduce weight, with the body styling simplified, harking back to the days of the original design of the first SV650 introduced at the turn of the millennium. The 645 cc V-twin engine gets new pistons and rings, along with a revised cooling system and exhaust, that bumps power up to 75 hp, an increase of 4 hp, while torque remains the same, but the 64 Nm now kicks in higher at 8,100 rpm.

According to Suzuki, the 2017 SV650 has 140 new or re-designed parts that help reduce to to 197 kg, from the out-going model’s 205. Now Euro 4 compliant, the SV 650 comes standard with ABS, as mandated by EU regulations. Electronic wizardry has been kept to a minimum, but the SV650 does come with low-rpm assist, a feature that eliminates engine stalling during low-speed take-offs.

The other new feature on the 2017 SV650 is the single-push start button. Traditionally motorcycles have required the rider to hold the start button until the engine fires, but in the SV650’s case, all that is required is a press-and-release, and the bike looks after the start till the twin-spark engine is running.

For those interested in fuel consumption, the 2017 SV650 claims 3.87 l/100km under test conditions, with a 14.5 litre fuel tank. The 2017 Suzuki SV650 comes in four colours – Pearl Glacier White, Pearl Mira Red, Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Matte Black – and a range of accessories is available from the Suzuki catalogue.

Going head-to-head with the 2016 Yamaha MT-07, it is rumoured that the 2017 SV650 will retail for 5,500 pounds sterling (RM32,222) in the UK.