Suzuki SV650X Neo-Retro Café Racer

The Suzuki SV650X, neo-retro café racer based on the SV650 Rally concept teased last week was officially launched, on 7th November at EICMA. Granted, it’s more neo than it is retro however it’s a fine-looking machine.

Suzuki SV650X Launch

Suzuki SV650X Neo-Café Racer

“…a design that pays homage to the tarmac rally cars of the 1970s.”

Suzuki SV650X 2018 in-motion

We wrote about the SV650X last week and how Suzuki has been somewhat seemingly timid about dipping its toes in the neo-retro segment. But to be fair, using the SV650 as the base platform isn’t a bad place to start at all.

SUZUKI SV650X – SV650 Platform

Suzuki SV650X In-motion

Within the (75hp, 645cc v-twin) Suzuki SV650 you have a popular middleweight naked roadster. It may well be a tiny bit vanilla; though it’s more than capable of holding its own against most neo-retro motorcycle offerings. 

And as such, riders who love their SV650s but want something with considerably more panache may well turn in their keys for the SV650X. http://www.globalsuzuki.com/eicma2017/

Playing it Safe and Smart

Suzuki, with relatively little expenditure in return gets an excellent opportunity to assess sales of a retro-esque bike. Presumably, if it’s good, we should see an evolution of this bike in the coming years into something more firmly neo-retro. 

Whatever happens, we should take a moment to celebrate Suzuki’s entrance into this segment.