The sim­ple life

Rid­ing Suzuki’s ba­sic twin has taken Andy back to a less com­pli­cated time

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

When I first rode the Suzuki SV650 I wasn’t sure I’d picked the right bike. I’d just come off Du­cati’s Mul­tistrada En­duro - an ab­so­lute weapon - so un­der­stand­ably, half the speed, half the power and half the size wasn’t the most ex­cit­ing prospect for my 100-mile stints to work.

But af­ter just one week of own­er­ship I was an SV con­vert – and all it took was a lit­tle push. At 5ft 7in, the Multi tow­ers above me, heav­ing it in and out of my garage, tip toe­ing as I try to park and clam­ber­ing aboard ev­ery morn­ing was tir­ing. The SV’S svelte frame was the first sign that my bike-time was about to get a whole lot eas­ier.

De­clut­tered and void of the plethora of elec­tron­ics that re­strain to­day’s bikes, it felt as though I had taken a wel­come step back from mod­ern mo­tor­cy­cling.

The SV is a sim­ple ma­chine, but one that of­fers a far more raw and vis­ceral rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Ev­ery­thing about it is easy, about as easy as it gets on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

All of my ini­tial wor­ries about the SV turned into its strengths. There’s more than enough poke from the V-twin to have a blast scratch­ing around on back roads, ev­ery­thing works as it should and it never bites your hand off. In­stead the Suzuki en­cour­ages you to push it that lit­tle bit harder be­cause it’s so easy to ride what­ever the speed.

Com­fort is fine on the long rides too. Its re­laxed and man­age­able rid­ing po­si­tion is 100-mile non­stop comfy and with a pair of Givi soft pan­niers thrown over the pil­lion seat, it’s turned it­self into a com­mend­able mini-tourer too.

The Suzuki SV650 has proved it­self to be a fun, all-round, well ac­com­plished mo­tor­cy­cle.

Andy loves the sim­ple plea­sures in life that the SV pro­vides. And gravel, he loves gravel

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ANDY DAVID­SON

SUZUKI SV650 £5495 Fuel 13.8 litres@55mpg=167 miles Weight 197kg Seat 785mm Power 75bhp Torque 47ftlb Ad­ven­ture and long-dis­tance rider with nine years’ ex­pe­ri­ence

Height 5ft 7in Weight 73kg

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