Affordable, middle-weight motorcycles have attracted much attention from OEMs recently, but one that has captivated riders since 1999 is the Suzuki SV650. For 2017, Suzuki returned to true SV form, and honed in on what connected motorcyclists with the SV650: affordability, performance, and utility.
In this video, I give a brief run down of the 2017 Suzuki SV650 while donning a jacket that is probably too tight. The SV650 has always been a stellar beginner to intermediate motorcycle. But it’s more than that; look at any forum where the topic “what should I get as a first bike” comes up, and more often than not, the SV650 will be highly regarded.Great as a beginning platform, the SV650, with a little bit of work, has done more than its fair share of time out on the track as well. It’s a machine that can hit a wide variety of riders and skill levels. I walked away impressed with the latest rendition of the Suzuki SV650, citing the 645cc V-twin engine as one of its strongest attributes. Combine that with great handling and an extremely compliant nature, and owners should be quite happy.Of course, there are a few critiques, but there’s no need to fret. We discuss those aspects, as well as how to minimize them. So sit back, and take a look at the Ultimate Motorcycling 2017 Suzuki SV650 video review.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!