Had a long ride on a brand new SV650 at the weekend in search of a workhorse bike.
First impressions is the pipework for the exhaust is a bit of a mess but that's the Euro3 for you. Exhaust note can only be described as quiet on tickover in fact starting it (uses the same system as GSX-S) was very underwhelming.
The display is the same unit as the GSX-S with the exception of no TC so the temp display was twice as wide to make up for the lack of space. Switchgear was nothing too exciting, high beam replaces the multi function section on GSX-S so if you want to change anything on the clock you have to press the buttons above the clock.
Sitting on the bike it is very narrow, almost 125esque. The clutch was surprisingly light and throttle response was a little bit on/off at low speeds crawling in traffic but at high speeds the fuelling is quite good. The acceleration on this bike is a bit weird, absolutely nothing exciting happens until you hit 6k+ revs then it starts to sound like a proper twin but then you need to quickly select another gear because you hit the limiter and it is violent when that happens, like someone has pushed you in the chest.
I managed to hit an indicated 112 and there wasn't much more to give after that. The bike needs a decent screen or something similar to the GSX-S in the way of wind deflection because over 80mph it felt like the wind was trying to lift my helmet off and it was just really horrible going quick on this bike, I ended up with my chin over the fuel cap to get some comfort.
The suspension is non adjustable from what I could tell but it was quite a nice smooth ride hitting bumps and potholes even at a good lean angle didn't really unsettle it. Nipping around town is what this bike is really good at and there is a sweet spot on the overrun (8-6k) where the sound is absolutely divine, almost Ducati like but once you drop into the lower revs it starts to sound a bit agricultural.
Suzuki do have a lot and I mean a lot of extras coming out for this bike but I daresay it will be a good 6 months after the bike has been released and overly expensive.
SV650 is really good at pottering around and maybe a quick blast up to 60MPH but as a commuter incorporating fast A roads or even to tour on in standard form is going to be an unpleasant experience. I wouldn't even recommend as a first bike.
Have some pictures...
And yes the handling was that good...