It’s always interesting to check into Europe’s latest to see what might appear on dealer showroom floors in the United States. We look at what Suzuki offers four of its European 650 V-twin models for 2021. None of the motorcycles are changed, so ’21 is all about new colors, and some of them look pretty cool.
2021 Suzuki SV650
There are three color combinations for the standard upright Suzuki SV650 naked sportbike. Here are the colorways:
Gold frame, black wheels, gloss black tank
Blue frame, blue wheels, matte black tank
Red frame, red wheels, white tank
The gold-frame and glossy black version definitely has a classy look, while the blue-frame and matt-black option is the stealthiest. The red-frame/white-white tank is for the rider who isn’t shy.We have tested the Suzuki SV650.
2021 Suzuki SV650X
Patterned after one of the standard SV650 colors, the brown-seated café-barred SV650X has a gold frame, gloss-black tank, and black wheels. It also gets a flyscreen, black footpeg mounts, and a black muffler tip.Here is our review of the SV650X.
2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
Four colors entice the buyer of the latest V-Strom 650XT:
Black tank, black wheels, red accents
Gray tank, blue wheels, blue accents
Yellow tank, gold wheels, blue accents
White tank, gold wheels, gold accents
These color options transform the personality of the 650XT quite a bit. The yellow version looks ready for competition, while the black 650XT has a sinister appearance with the blood-red accents on the tank and fairing. The gray and white editions look stately in different ways.We have tested the V-Strom 650XT.
2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650
The standard V-Strom 650 has basic color options—red, gray, and white. All three have a black frame and black wheels, with the accent graphics nearly identical. Go red if you want to make a statement, gray if classy works for you, and white as a neutral choice.We’re not sure which, if any, of these colorways will find their way to the United States, but we Suzuki brings them all in.We have a test of the V-Strom 650.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!