21 December 2017

Suzuki SV650X: "cafe racer-inspired V-twin" for under £6k

NEXT year looks to be a lean one for new models from Suzuki but if there’re one thing the firm still seems to know how to do, it’s value.

The price of the SV650X, which Suzuki describes as ‘cafe racer-inspired’, has just been announced at £5,999.

The only real new offering in Suzuki’s line-up for 2018, it’s an SV650 given a ‘neo retro’ make-over with a bikini fairing, tinted screen, ribbed seat and clip-on bars.

It also gets a new pre-load adjustable fork, as does the base-model SV650 for 2018.

It's £300 more expensive than the base SV but still way under typical café racer prices, such as £8,800 for Triumph’s Street Cup and £9,395 for Ducati’s Scrambler Café Racer.  

Even by budget middleweight standards it’s still competitive, with Kawasaki’s Z650 and Yamaha’s MT-07 both costing £6,199.

The SV650X makes a claimed 76hp from its 645cc V-twin, compared to the MT-07’s 74.8hp and the Z650’s 68hp.

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