JAPANESE bike brand Suzuki has created a special X version of its popular SV650 motorcycle, unveiling the SC650X at the recent EICMA show in Milan, turning its retro themed café racer concept into a full production model, set to launch in Australia in April or May next year.
Incorporating a number of enhancements over the standard SV650 ABS, the X variant includes a host of changes that exudes classic café racer styling, including a round multi-reflector headlight, equipped with a stylish headlight cowling.
Slots in the headlight sides are reminiscent of heritage racers, accentuating the SV650X’s personality, while clip-on handlebars encourage a sporty riding position, and hark back to the days of the original café racers.
The fuel tank’s emblem has been changed from the signature S mark to the SUZUKI logo to give a definite retro look. Additionally, the tank capacity has been increased from 13.8L to 14.5L. Combined with the SV650X’s excellent fuel efficiency, this substantially extends the riding range.
The narrow and streamlined tuck roll seat oozes retro style and feel. Soft cushioning helps reduce rider fatigue, even when in sporty riding positions.
The 645cc 90-degree DOHC liquid-cooled V-twin engine has been designed to deliver strong torque in the low-to-mid rpm range and better fuel economy whilst still running smoothly in high rpm making this engine extremely versatile for a wide range of riding conditions.
The V-twin engine produces a maximum output of 56kW and 64Nm of torque, and the X edition will also come in a Learner Approved version, which is restricted to 35kW and 56.5Nm of torque to meet LAMS requirements.
The smooth-revving V-Twin engine is tucked into a slim and lightweight trellis frame and the SV650X combines power and agility with classic café racer looks. Whether in stop and-go city traffic or on country roads, this bike delivers exhilaration and riding fun.
Large 290mm dual front disc brakes with ABS and 240mm rear brake disc provide incredible stopping performance and control. Compact and lightweight, the SV650X introduces state-of-the-art ABS technology manufactured by Nissin, thus making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance.
The new SV650X is also packed full of the latest Suzuki technology, such as the innovative Low RPM Assist function which raises engine rpm in launching or low rpm riding conditions via the ECM activating the ISC system. The Low RPM Assist system helps the rider achieve a smoother take-off and makes low speed riding such as through city traffic or stop-start scenarios much easier.
The Suzuki Easy Start System engages the starter motor at a precisely timed preset interval to start the motorcycle with just a push of a button. ECM checks the status and disengages the starter motor immediately after starting.
Final specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.