Suzuki SV650X café racer revealed at EICMA

  • Café racer-inspired V-twin middleweight
  • Same V-twin engine as the standard SV650
  • Rider-adjustable forks in the deal
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Image: Suzuki / Newspress
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan. Italy. Image: Suzuki / Newspress

MILAN, Italy – Suzuki has revealed its 2018 SV650X, a café racer-inspired V-twin middleweight, at the EICMA extravaganza..

The bikemaker says the machine has taken design cues from the SV650 Rally Concept which the Japanese company showcased at the Osaka auto show in 2016.

2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Image: Suzuki / Newspress
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan. Italy. Image: Suzuki / Newspress

The bike follows the same concept with a design that pays homage to the tarmac rally cars of the 1970’s and the ‘neo-retro’ styling has given the SV650X a new bikini fairing and tinted screen, clip-on handlebars, and a tuck-roll seat.

NEW PRE-LOAD FORKS

The SV650X uses the same V-twin engine as the standard SV650 but has been given Suzuki’s low-revs assist and easy-start system.

Also added are new pre-load adjustable front forks – a change expected to feature across the SV range for 2018.

Suzuki Britain’s marketing manager, Rob Cooper, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “The SV650 is a hugely popular machine in the middleweight sector of the market – and has been since the launch of the original in 1999.

SECOND VIEWING IN BIRMINGHAM 

“Thanks to its characterful and punchy V-twin and capable chassis it combines a fun, sporty, ride with affordability and practicality. The SV650X builds on that platform by adding retro styling with clip-on handlebars that not only add to the look but also create an even sportier feel.

2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Image: Suzuki / Newspress
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan. Italy. Image: Suzuki / Newspress

“Pre-load adjustable forks will further enhance performance, with riders able to adjust them to suit their own riding style – and that will apply across the SV range for 2018.”

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The new SV650X will be on display at Motorcycle Live from November 18-26 at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre alongside the rest of Suzuki’s 2018 model range – including the award-winning GSX-R1000R and new GSX-S125 and GSX-R125.

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2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Image: Suzuki / Newspress
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Image: Suzuki / Newspress
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Image: Suzuki / Newspress
2018 SUZUKI SV650X: Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan. Italy. Image: Suzuki / Newspress

 

 

 

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