Suzuki recently spotted testing new motorcycles in Europe, which appears to be the eventual successor to the SV650.

  • New generation Suzuki SV650 with parallel-twin engine caught testing.
  • Features new bodywork including a new front LED headlamp. 

The naked motorcycle has been running Suzuki’s trusted 645cc V-Twin engine since its introduction in 1999.

Since then, Suzuki has only run a minor update to ensure the bike complies with the global emission standards. 

On that note, Suzuki is finally ready to up the ante by introducing a new generation SV650 running on an all-new 700cc parallel-twin engine.

That said, the SV650 successor was recently caught undergoing road test in Europe, according to

Based on these spy photos, we can see an all-new bodywork, including a modern front fascia with a horizontal LED headlamp similar to the firm’s latest GSX-S1000. 

Despite the heavily taped-up bodywork and front fender, the new generation SV650 appears more aggressive and bolder.

Also, based on the photos, we got the chance to see a clearer look into Suzuki’s newest parallel-twin platform. Other notable features include an inverted front fork and Nissin brake callipers.

While technical details remain scarce, we know now that Suzuki has put in a lot of work to introduce the SV650 successor.

However, with a new engine configuration, the House of Hamamatsu will likely drop the SV650 nomenclature for something new. 

An SP700, perhaps? We’ll soon find out!


The world might be going bonkers, but the Suzuki SV650 will always be around.

  • The 2023 Suzuki SV650 features a new fresh colourway.
  • The 2023 SV650 retains the same mechanics and specifications.

That said, the House of Hamamatsu seems content to continue the SV650 production.

Recently, Suzuki introduced a new 2023 colourway for the SV650 in Italy. Unfortunately, the 2023 model continues to run on outdated features and specs.

That said, the 2023 SV650 now comes in Blu Las Vegas, Gray London and Black Dubai.

The Blu Las Vegas features a navy blue tank and tail section, with a bronze-painted trellis frame and rims. While the Black Dubai gets a gloss black paint base.

On the other hand, Gray London features a grey-painted fuel tank and tail section along with red rims. Give it a squint, and you might see a Ducati Monster instead.

Jokes aside, there is absolutely nothing new to report apart from the new colours. The 2023 SV650 still runs on the same 645cc 90-degree V-Twin engine that makes 75hp and 64Nm.

V-twin magic, timeless naked styling, and neutral handling is the tried and tested recipe that makes the Suzuki SV650 rather brilliant.


Suzuki will soon adopt the parallel-twin platform as the Hamamatsu factory reportedly working on a 700cc engine to replace the current 650cc V-Twin on the SV650 and V-Strom 650.

Parallel twins have been popular among motorcycle manufacturers as newer bikes have now adopted the same platform.

Kawasaki has long preferred the parallel-twins, notably on the Ninja 650, Z650, Versys 650 and the newly launched Z650RS.

Yamaha understood the versatility of parallel twins and introduced them on the MT-07, Tracer 7, Tenere 700 and the recent YZF-R7.

Aprilia took the same approach with the RS 660, Tuono 660 and the upcoming Tuareg 660, followed by BMW with the F 750 GS, 850 GS, F 900 R and the F 900 XR.

Honda also joins the bandwagon with the CRF1100L Africa Twin and Rebel 11000 hence proving the popularity of the parallel-twin engine.

The major aspect of a parallel-twin is that it offers a compact alternative to the V-Twin that currently powers the SV650 and V-Strom 650. Moreover, it is also simpler to build a bike around.

While classic parallel-twin provides an uninspiring engine sound, it can easily be countered by a 270-degree crank which helps produce a firing interval similar to a 90-degree V-Twin.

The same approach is currently being applied on Aprilia’s 660 range, BMW’s F 900 range and Honda’s Africa Twin.

Suzuki’s latest patent suggests that the new 700cc parallel-twin engine focus on serviceability. Therefore, placing the airbox under the rider’s seat will allow the air filter to be swapped without removing the tank, reducing the maintenance cost.

Nevertheless, it is still unclear how soon will the Hamamatsu factory move the new platform into the production stage as we are nearing the end of 2021.

  • The 2020 Suzuki SV650 will receive new colours.

  • The SV650 continues its run after 20 years.

  • Will the new bikes head to Malaysia?

The 2020 Suzuki SV650 will receive new colours.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Suzuki SV650. Production began in 1999 as the smaller engine brother to the TL1000S. But while the TL1000S (and later TL1000R) lived short lifespans, the 650 soldiered on.

It became the questionably-styled Gladius 650 at one point before Suzuki went back to the original naked sportbike/standard bike design.

Its strength is that smooth V-Twin engine which provides plenty of torque. Also, its light handling is the best in its class and only beaten by the earlier Triumph Street Triple 675 and current 765.

The engine also powers the V-Strom 650 adventure bike. Suzuki will continue with the V-Strom 650 while dropping the V-Strom 1000 in 2020. The 650 is much easier to ride and has better ergonomics hence its popularity in Europe.

So, for 2020, the SV650 gains three new colours including the beautiful silver bodywork with blue frame and wheels scheme, matt black with red frame and wheels, and the blacked-out gloss black with black frame and wheels.

Will Suzuki Malaysia bring in the new SV650? Your guess is as good as mine, given their sloppiness in spreading the news about their bikes.

Suzuki SV650 Scrambler is a cool looking and hip SV650 naked in a retro dress.



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