Suzuki is planning on expanding its 650cc premium motorcycles business, as reports suggest that it might bring the SV650 retro-modern bike to India.
Suzuki Motorcycle India, just like Yamaha, has confirmed that it will only work on premium motorcycles rather than commuters. What Suzuki meant was that they will only focus on bikes above 150cc and probably up to 650cc.
Talking about the 650cc segment, Suzuki has the V-Strom adventure motorcycle. Turns out Suzuki is also planning to bring the SV650 retro-modern roadster in India. Another 650cc naked roadster in India?
The Suzuki SV650 uses the same engine that comes on the V-Strom 650. The 645cc V-twin liquid-cooled engine produces 76 BHP and 64 Nm of peak torque, with a 6-speed gearbox. Since it is lighter than the V-Strom, we can expect higher power.
The retro-naked roadster packs in some old-school styling bits with modern finishes, like the round headlamp, simple single-seat, neatly laid out fuel tank and the chunky exhaust muffler.
However, the SV650 will miss out on some electronic aids that come on the V-Strom 650. The bike only gets dual-channel ABS and Low-RPM assist, missing out on traction control as well. Other features will include multi-reflector headlamps, single step-up seat, LED taillights and a full LCD instrument console.
For suspension, it uses telescopic forks at the front and spring pre-load adjustable mono-shock at the back. The bike weighs just 198 kgs, and that for a 650cc motorcycle, seems nimble to ride.
The SV650 will enter the Indian market through the CKD route, which will still keep its prices in check. Reports suggest that it could be priced around Rs 6 Lakhs (ex-showroom), cheaper than the V-Strom. It will go against the likes of Kawasaki Z650 and the recently launched, CF Moto 650 NK.