Suzuki released its third wave of 2013 models this week, which is complete with everything from a new DR-Z400SM Supermoto model to a Gladius-derived SFV650. The announcement comes a few months after the release of the manufacturer’s dirt lineup and answers very few questions in regards to what Suzuki’s plans are for the sportbike market in 2013. What the release of the SFV650 does signify, however, is Suzuki’s intention to continue filling showroom floors with versatile and affordable models that meet the needs of newer riders.
The SFV650’s 645cc DOHC V-twin engine appears to have gone untouched in the transformation from Gladius to SFV. The compression ratio stays put at 11.5:1 thanks in part to identical bore and stroke numbers, which measure 81.0 x 62.6mm respectively, and the throttle bodies are a common 39mm. What’s more, the trellis frame chassis offers identical geometry numbers as before; the wheelbase remains at 56.9 inches, for instance, and the seat height remains a user-friendly 30.9 inches.
The SFV650 will be available in a black and gray color combination for 2013, according to Suzuki’s press release, with a retail price of $7999. No ABS option is mentioned.