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