The Suzuki SV650 is a cult icon. For decades this V-twin-powered bike has hit a sweet spot of balance between torque and horsepower, making it a versatile and affordable midsize platform that brought massive appeal to riders of all skill levels, from beginners to intermediate and beyond. Now, we see the popular Suzuki get an aesthetic update with a new color scheme, headlight fairing, and some updated bodywork.

MSRP $8,399
ENGINE 645cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 68.15 hp @ 8,890 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 42.9 lb.-ft. @ 8,170 rpm
FRAME Steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm conventional fork adjustable for preload; 4.9-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Link-type, coil-spring shock adjustable for preload; 2.5- in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 4-piston Tokico calipers, twin 290mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, single 240mm disc w/ ABS
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/4.1 in.
WHEELBASE 56.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.1 in.
WET WEIGHT 439 lb.
CONSUMPTION 60.2 mpg avg.
The 2019 Suzuki SV650X puts a café-racer twist on the successful naked-bike platform.Morgan Gales
Suzuki’s 2019 SV650X has a starting MSRP of $8,399 and is only available in this black and white color scheme.Morgan Gales
The SV650X was tested on our dyno and put out 69.15 hp at 8,890 rpm.Monti Smith
The powerplant for the Suzuki SV650X and base-model SV650 are the same 645cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin.Morgan Gales
Tokico four-piston calipers on dual 320mm floating brake rotors are standard equipment on the SV650X.Morgan Gales
Even with an added fairing and small pieces of bodywork, the SV650X looks sleek, and minimal.Monti Smith
The gauge on Suzuki’s SV650X shows much of the bike’s relevant information on a clear and easy-to-read display.Morgan Gales
Swingarm, exhaust, and rear brake detail on the 2019 SV650X.Morgan Gales
A new café-racer-inspired fairing on the 2019 Suzuki SV650X.Morgan Gales
The 2019 Suzuki SV650X sitting pretty by the beach in Southern California.Morgan Gales
Editor Morgan Gales trying a little low-speed handling test in a cul-de-sac.Monti Smith