SV650X goes café

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Suzuki ap­pear to have taken the year off af­ter their flurry of ac­tiv­ity for 2017 new mod­els. Head­ing into 2018 the only new ar­rival is this at­trac­tive, but hardly ground-break­ing, new SV650X model vari­ant.

Touted as a café racer, it’s fun­da­men­tally iden­ti­cal to the cur­rent SV650 road­ster, with the ex­cep­tion of a cou­ple of styling tweaks that see it re­ceive a slot­ted head­lamp cowl which flows in to the new side pan­els that in turn flow back to the tank car­ried over from the road­ster. The tail unit re­mains un­changed, while the tuck-and-roll seat is a new ad­di­tion, and has a mod­icum of 70s charm about it.

Frontal con­trol

There is only one en­gi­neer­ing up­grade, which sees the pre­vi­ously non-ad­justable fork gain preload ad­just­ment. This new fea­ture will ac­tu­ally roll over to the naked for 2018, too – and is a wel­come ad­di­tion for those want­ing to ride a lit­tle harder thanks to the canted for­ward rid­ing po­si­tion cre­ated by the café seat and new clip-ons. The rider and pil­lion footrests have been treated to a coat of black paint, and the de­cals on the tank are dif­fer­ent. The cheeky lit­tle fog­lights are ac­tu­ally an op­tional ex­tra, while there’s just one paintjob for the X model – mak­ing it un­mis­tak­ably dis­tinc­tive in classy black and sil­ver with a red pin­stripe. Un­be­liev­ably, that’s it for 2018 from Suzuki.

Power 75bhp @ 8500rpm O Weight 198kg O Seat height 790mm

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