I don’t ask for much… but

Fun, warmth, prac­ti­cal­ity... Andy’s mak­ing big de­mands of his SV650

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - andy.david­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

I’m go­ing to need to ask quite a lot of Suzuki’s mid-ca­pac­ity SV650 this year. As well as be­ing an easy­go­ing and fun mid­dleweight, I also need it to dou­ble up as a proper tour­ing bike. I’ll be cover­ing 400 miles a week min­i­mum, in 100-mile, non-stop stints. So, it’s go­ing to need to be com­fort­able, pro­tect me from the el­e­ments, carry lug­gage, juice up all my heated gear and look good while do­ing it, too.

Its pre­vi­ous owner had al­ready taken steps to en­sure its styling was up to scratch, with a retro Suzuki seat (£149) and a Yoshimura Al­pha end can (£499). The sculpted seat is slightly raised at the back, of­fer­ing the per­fect, cupped rid­ing po­si­tion. So far so good. How­ever, the wind­blast from the naked bike is tol­er­a­ble but not ideal when it’s sin­gle dig­its out­side.

I’m fit­ting an af­ter­mar­ket screen.

Last year I used the ca­pa­ble V-strom 650 XT as a long-term test bike and opted for Suzuki’s of­fi­cial heated grips. They were luke­warm at best, so I’ve at­tached my Gerb­ing heated jacket and gloves to the bat­tery. The wires neatly tuck un­der the seat with the connector pok­ing out of the side.

Lug­gage is also a big deal for me, and with Suzuki of­fer­ing no of­fi­cial soft lug­gage op­tions for the SV, I’ve opted for a pair of Givi soft pan­niers. There’s not much room un­der the seat, but the straps just about fit. It se­cures onto the pil­lion peg hang­ers and sits high enough so that it doesn’t rest on the ex­haust. Un­for­tu­nately, there aren’t any bungee hooks un­der the pil­lion seat so I’ve been ty­ing Rok Straps around the rear mud­guard.

The SV is well on its way to be­com­ing a retro-styled, do-it-all, com­muter, tourer and back-road scratcher. Bring on the win­ter!

Gerb­ing heated kit is plumbed straight into the bat­tery

Givi’s soft lug­gage needs to han­dle tour­ing and com­mut­ing through win­ter

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