Featured In the October 2019 issue of Roadracing World:
Suzuki’s new 2019 SV650X may seem at a glance to be a restyled version of the Japanese manufacturer’s popular middleweight Twin, the SV650, and it is. But subtle changes make it perform better than the standard SV while retaining its practicality.
After a successful, 10-year run in Suzuki’s lineup, the SV650 went missing in 2009. Four years later it was replaced by a weird-looking and short-lived (2013-2015) SV-based naked bike with a steel-tube chassis and called the Gladius. It didn’t attract much of a following, especially among racers and track riders.
For 2017, Suzuki engineers took the Gladius, changed about 60 parts in the engine to produce more power and reduce emissions, changed about another 70 parts in the chassis to chop off about 15 pounds, and relaunched the bike as the third-generation SV650.
The new machine was good and not only won Roadracing World’s 2017 Middleweight Twin Shootout (April 2017) but also won the inaugural MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship in 2018, ridden by Chris Parrish, and won the title again in 2019, ridden by Alex Dumas . . .
Suzuki’s SV650 has been a pillar in the middleweight twins market segment for two decades, and the newest iteration of the popular, loveable machine features intelligent refinements that make it even better than the standard model. Read all the details on the best SV yet in the October issue of Roadracing World!
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