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2008 Suzuki SV650SF

2008 Suzuki SV650SFK8
Sport Motorcycle



My impressions of the Suzuki SV650SF still holds very true to this day...

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IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT, IT'S THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG

I have been riding motorcycles and touring for 33 years and on a BMW R75/6 for 20 of them racking up 110,000 miles with most of them, touring miles. After moving to the US a bike was not high on my list of priorities. Once life recovered from a move from one side of the world to the other it was time to get my motorcycling passion off the back burner and to this end I bought a 2008 Suzuki SV650SF. Now, I believed a SV650S had the potential and was more than capable of quenching my motorcycle and touring thirst.

To make a long story short the SV650 makes a pretty good mid sized sport/tourer. The engine is a proven design that has been around since 1999. The SV's liquid cooled, 90 degree V twin engine by design has great torque for either solo or 2-up riding and easily pulls from very low revs. Also the light weight of the bike makes it a light, nible and agile bike that laps up twisites, commuting or touring. Accessories are readily available for anything you can think of.

I bought my 08 SV650SF with the vision of making it into a mid-sized sports/tourer and it performs this role without hesitation and very well. I am quite comfortable on this bike even though I am 6'4" and 215lbs. Clip-ons and the aggressive sport bike riding position have not proven to be too uncomfortable even for an old bloke such as myself being around the half century mark.

Generally on trips which are 2-up plus over 60+,lbs of gear the bike still averages around the 51 mpg which is quite impressive. The SV may not be the biggest, fastest or most expensive out there but will give most bikes a run for their money on highways, twisties or around town and not break the budget in the process. I think SV really does equate to  Simply Versatile. It definitely is a jack of all trades but a master of none to be honest. It does it all well but nothing brilliantly stands out.

A list of all mods, accessories, riding gear. etc can be found futher down this page

Over 30 years of touring experience proved an invaluable asset in planning and setting up the bike as I wanted it. I had a vision of what I wanted and the end result was extremely close to that vision and now the wife and I reap the benefits of getting away as often as time, commitments and of course money allow.

With a bit of thought and a few hard earned dollars the Suzuki SV650SF can be transformed into, I believe, quite a suitable sport/tourer that will make even the big boys stand up and take notice.

 

 

FEATURES:

Engine Features

- Twin spark plug cylinder heads for improved combustion and reduced emissions.

- Compact 645 cc, 90 degree liquid-cooled V-twin, DOHC 8-valve engine tuned for strong low to mid rpm power

- 90 degree V-twin cylinder layout eliminates primary vibration without a counterbalancer, keeping the engine simple and compact

- Lightweight chain-driven DOHC, shim-under-bucket valve system with 31 mm intake valves and 25.5 mm exhaust valves

- Electronic fuel injection system featuring the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV) - maintains optimum air velocity in the intake tract for
smooth low-to-mid rpm throttle response and high torque output - includes Auto Fast Idle System (AFIS)

- High capacity liquid-cooling system enhances engine performance and durability - coolant routing is integrated with the clutch cover and engine
case for a cleaner look and reduced weight

- Smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission with vertically staggered transmission shafts for a shorter, more compact crankcase

- Plastic outer clutch cover and engine sprocket cover for reduced weight and noise

- Lightweight 2-into-1 exhaust system tuned for strong low and mid-range torque

Chassis Features

- Sleek fairing features dual 60/55W headlights with running lights and folding mirrors

- Narrow, lightweight aluminum truss-style frame constructed with high-vacuum die-cast process for more consistent strength and fewer individual
welded sections

- Black-painted frame, swingarm, and wheels for more sport appearance 41 mm front fork with 130 mm of wheel travel provides a smooth, compliant ride

- Link-type single-shock rear suspension with 7-way adjustable preload

- Box-section aluminum swingarm is lightweight with high torsional rigidity

- Powerful dual hydraulic disc front brakes with 290 mm floating rotors and adjustable brake lever position

- Single disc rear brake with 240 mm rotor

- Compact instrument cluster includes analog tach, LCD speedometer, odometer/tripmeters, and temperature gauge, plus LCD clock and low fuel
warning light

- Steeply-angled tail section houses unique vertically-styled, high visibility LED taillight and compact rear fender

- Large under-seat storage area, passenger grab-bar and tie-down hooks

- Slim 4.5 gallon fuel tank with low fuel warning light

- Hinged fuel tank swings up for easy access to the airbox and throttle bodies

- Wide radial tires mounted on lightweight, 3-spoke cast aluminum wheels

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications SV650SF
Model Number SV650SK8
Type Sportbike
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Suggested Retail $6899
Engine 645 cc, four-stroke, liquid cooled, 90 V-twin, DOHC, 8-valves, TSCC
Bore & Stroke 81.0 x 62.6 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet Sump
Ignition Digital/Transistorized
Starter Electric
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive #525 chain
Overall Length 2085 mm (82.1 in.)
Overall Width 730 mm (28.7 in.)
Overall Height 1170 mm (46.1 in.)
Seat Height 800 mm (31.5 in.)
Ground Clearance 155 mm (6.1 in.)
Wheelbase 1430 mm (56.3 in.)
Dry Weight 175kg (385 lbs.)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, fully adjustable preload
Suspension Rear Link-type, 7-way adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front 120/60-ZR17
Tires Rear 160/60-ZR17
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.5 gal. (17 liter)
Color Candy Indy Blue (YKZ)

Bike Performance and Misc. Modifications
- M4 Polished Standard Mount Slip-on - link
- K&N Air Filter (SV650/S 2003+) Part # SU-6503 -
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- SV1000/S Snorkel Part # 13891-16G20 -
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- Dynojet Research Power Commander III USB (SV650/S 2007-2008) Part # 337-411 -
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- Heal Tech GIPro + ATRE -
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- Continental Motion 120/70ZR17 Sport/Touring Front Tire -
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- Continental Motion 160/60ZR17 Sport/Touring Rear Tire -
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- Osram Silverstar 12V 60/55W H4 Headlamp Bulbs -
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- 2007 Kawasaki ZX14 Rear Shock -
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- 16T(+1) Front / 44T(-1) Rear Sprockets - Lowers Cruising Revs by ~500 rpm -
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- SpeedBleeders - Front 2 x SB7100S / Rear 1 x SB8125L -
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Bike Accessories
- Gorilla Cycle Alarm With 2-Way Paging System -
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- Rear Seat Tail Cowl -
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- Givi Tubular Sidecase Racks and Top Rack with Givi E45N Side Cases and E45NJ Top Case -
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- MRA Vario Windscreen - Smoke -
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- Corbin Seat -
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- Alaska Leather Pillion Type 1 (Rider Seat), Long Hair Sheepskin Seat Cover - Black -
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- AMS Passenger's Sheepskin Covered Gel Pad -
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- Garmin Quest GPS -
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- RAM Handlebar Mounting Kit # RAM-B-149-GA15U for Garmin Quest GPS -
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- Nelson Rigg CL-350 (17-27 liter) Magnetic Tank Bag - pic
- Grip Puppy Foam Grips -
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- Crampbuster Motorcycle Cruise Control -
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- Tech Spec Gripster Sport Tank Pad Set (High Fusion) #62-0064HF -
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- Suzuki 03+ Lower Fairing Sliders, Part # 990D0-16G40-CWL -
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- Powerlet (BMW Style) 12 Volt Accessory Outlet -
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- Generic 8mm Swingarm Spools -
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- SV650 Quick Release Tank Pin Kit (not a retail part) -
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- Clear Alternatives Clear Front Turn Signal Lens, Part # CTS-0009 -
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- Vista Universal Cruise Control - Part # 1893 -
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- Fenda Extenda - Part # 05020 -
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- Buell Foot Peg Mod - Buell Part # N0006.1AD -
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Misc. Bike Equipment / Gear
- Pit-Posse Rear Paddock Stand -
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- T-Rex Front Fork (V) Motorcycle Stand -
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- Haul-Master Motorcycle Wheel/Chain Cleaning Roller Stand -
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- Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 Cover - Silver/Black, Size XXL (to fit my SVS fitted with side and top cases) -
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- OnGuard Rotweiller 25mm Armor Coil Cable Lock - 5.5 Feet -
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Wish List
- Helibars -
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SV650SF ... to a ... SV650ST


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