Suzuki SV650’S mean streak

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This newly-de­signed con­cept bike has come di­rect from the Suzuki fac­tory and is said to be based on the styling of 1970s tar­mac rally cars (well, why would­nõt you?) which fea­tured large front lights for night rac­ing.

There is no word, of­fi­cial or oth­er­wise, about what the pro­duc­tion in­tent is with this bike but it gives the oth­er­wise quite or­di­nary SV650 Ð which is all-new for this year Ð a fresh and ag­gres­sive makeover.

It could be a sam­pling ex­er­cise to gauge pub­lic re­ac­tion, or it could sim­ply be a de­sign ex­er­cise to let the team off the leash.

The new SV650 V-twin has grown a small nose cowl, an all-black full Yoshimura retro twin-si­lencer ex­haust sys­tem that is stacked on one side, and new side pan­els that give the im­pres­sion of a big­ger Imo­lastyle fair­ing.

It also gets an enor­mous seat hump to cover the sin­gle-piece seat unit, which has also been restyled with a retro ribbed cover.

Per­haps the most strik­ing de­sign el­e­ment, though, is the front- on view, with a metal pro­tec­tive grill over the head­lamp, and two aux­il­iary lights each side wear­ing rally-es­que white cov­ers.

It seems un­likely to be some­thing that will make it into pro­duc­tion, but itõs a lot of fun.

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