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EICMA: 2016 Suzuki SV650 Is Lighter, Faster, and Smarter

To meet the EURO 4 emission standards, Suzuki has revised the SV650 engine internals, thus improving the power output from 64hp to 75 hp. With the body being reviewed in detail, the Japanese motorcycle maker realized a weight reduction of 8 kg compared to the Gladius, which already has the current engine.
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It’s not just fuel efficiency the Japanese are after, as the lightweight and slim body enhances the strength of V-twin engine while contributing to higher maneuverability. Suzuki says that each piston skirt is tinned and resin coated, enhancements that help reduce the mechanical loss and improve combustion efficiency.

Concerning specifics, the refreshed model also comes with a new feature called Low RPM Assist, a characteristic that helps the rider enjoy smoother launching operation in the low rpm range. The system slightly raises engine rpm, making it easy to ride at low speeds in stop and go traffic.

Another enhancement worth mentioning is the Suzuki Easy Start System, which enables the rider to just one-push the starter instead of press-holding. The technology helps optimizing daily usage.

The bodywork is also slimmer than the previous model, and the seat is lower at 785mm, making it easier for beginner riders. Along with its increased power, the bike has 41 mm conventional forks up front, with a 125 mm stroke. The rear shock (with 7-way preload adjustability) has 63 mm of travel.

In stock form, the 2016 SV650 has 290 mm dual disc brakes, with optional ABS being available. Suzuki has announced it’s planning to produce the new model from January next year at the Toyokawa Plant in Japan, and to start its sales in markets such as Europe and North America.

This makes for a long-awaited move, considering that ever since the Suzuki SFV650 Gladius replaced the SV650 simple version in the US, in 2009, this model has only been available in Canada. Introduced as a budget entry in the emerging naked bike market, the price is yet to be unveiled.



 
 
 
 
 

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