The 2019 Makina Moto Show was the second of its kind, as a manufacturer-friendly expo offshoot of the fifth Moto Builds Pilipinas custom bike competition. Suzuki Philippines decided to cater to the event’s bike-crazy audience by displaying the SV650X, now available to the local market.
The Suzuki SV650X is the modern café racer version of the widely popular SV650 naked roadster. The SV650X was produced and released in global markets, after Suzuki began offering France scrambler trims of the SV650 since 2017 — thanks to the resounding success of custom congregation Wheels and Waves.
It’s the same motorcycle with clip-on handlebars for a sportier riding position, and neo-retro styling — largely thanks to the headlamp’s slotted bikini fairing and tuck-and-roll seat. Another advantage comes in the form of 41 mm forks with adjustable preload, alongside the rear shock with seven preload settings. Braking is handled by 290 mm dual front discs and a 240 mm rear disc; both come standard with Nissin ABS.
The SV650X is built around the SV650’s iconic, lightweight trellis frame. It’s powered by the SV650’s Euro 4 compliant, twin spark, 645 cc DOHC V-twin rated to make 71 PS at 8,500 rpm and 64 Nm of torque at 8,100 rpm. The motorcycle also comes with an LCD instrument panel and low RPM assist to prevent stalling at low rpm.
The 2019 Suzuki SV650X ABS has a seat height of 790 mm, wet weight of 198 kg, wheelbase of 1445 mm, and ground clearance of 135 mm. The 2019 SV650X has technically been available since April, but it made its public debut at the Makina Moto Show and Moto Builds Pilipinas over the weekend of June 15 to 16, 2019 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Local pricing starts at ₱459,000.