This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen, including the SV650S (which is the same as the SV650, but with clip-ons and a bikini fairing).
In 2003, Suzuki updated the SV650 from the 1st gen SV650 — this is the 2nd gen SV650. It has a fuel-injected engine and a revised chassis with a more striking, angular trellis frame.
The Suzuki SV650 and variants are street bikes made since 1999 by Suzuki. The core of the SV650 is a liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 645 cc V-twin engine with 90 degrees between the cylinders.
In 2009, Suzuki replaced the naked SV650 with the SFV650 Gladius (though the SV650 2nd Gen was sold for a few more years). In 2016, the Gladius name was discontinued and the 2016 model SV650 was reverted to the original SV650 name, although the motorcycle didn’t fundamentally change in this time.
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Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen Service Intervals
The Suzuki SV650 has 3750 mile / 6000 km service intervals. At every service, change the oil, inspect or replace the spark plugs, and check the motorcycle for items in the schedule below.
The major valve service interval is every 14500 miles / 24000 km. At this point, you need to check the clearances of the 8 valves in the Suzuki SV650’s motor.
As it has a liquid-cooled engine, be sure to replace the coolant every couple of years.
What you need to service your Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen
Aside from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, you need the following parts/consumables for your 2nd gen Suzuki SV650.
|Part||Suzuki SV650 (2nd gen) spec|
|Oil||Suzuki requires engine oil with JASO MA spec, or at least API SF/SG or SH/SJ spec. Many oils fit this. Suzuki recommends SAE 10W-40 weight Suzuki motor oil, but I wouldn’t over-think this and use another popular high-grade oil like Motul 5100 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||Use a Hiflofiltro HF138, which is a drop-in high-quality replacement.|
|Air filter||Use a K&N air filter as a drop-in replacement, part number SU-6509.|
|Spark plugs||The standard spark plug is NGK CR8E. Should be gapped to 0.7-0.8mm (use a gapping tool).|
|Brake fluid/Clutch fluid||Suzuki (like most motorcycles) requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid.|
|Coolant||Suzuki only requires a coolant that’s “compatible with an aluminium radiator”. Most motorcycle coolants are fine, and so Valvoline Zerex G05 is a good option.|
|Chain maintenance||Use either Motul chain paste or a complete Motul chain care kit for frequent chain servicing.|
|Grease||Always handy to have some lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points, like the kickstand.|
|Brake pads||EBC double hardened brake pads are an excellent (and affordable) upgrade over stock. You need: FA229HH (front left), FA231HH (front right), and FA174HH (rear).|
Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen.
It’s the same as in the manual, but reformatted slightly to fit this screen.
- Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
- The break-in service is omitted (it’s already broken in by now, presumably)
- Nomenclature: I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary, R= Replace, T= Tighten
- More frequent servicing may be performed on motorcycles that are used under severe conditions (e.g. in the dust or rain, and especially the air filter and chain)
|km x 1000||6||12||18||24|
|mi x 1000||4||7.5||11||14.5|
|Air cleaner (K&N SU-6503)||I||I||R||I|
|Spark plugs (NGK CR8E)||I||R||I||R|
|Tappet clearance (Valve service)||–||–||–||I|
|Engine oil (Motul 5100 10W-40)||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter (HF138)||–||–||R||–|
|Fuel line||I||I||I||I||4 years: R|
|Engine Idle speed||I||I||I||I|
|Throttle valve synchronization||–||I||–||I|
|Evaporative emission control system E-33 (California model only)||–||I||–||I||4 years: Replace vapor hose|
|PAIR (air supply) system||–||I||–||I|
|Throttle cable play||I||I||I||I|
|Radiator hoses||I||I||I||I||4 years: R|
|Engine coolant (ethylene glycol pre-mix)||2 years: R|
|Drive chain (Motul chain care kit)||I||I||I||I||1000 km (600 mi): Clean/Lube|
|Brakes (Left is FA229HH, Right is FA231HH, Rear is FA174HH)||I||I||I||I|
|Brake hose||I||I||I||I||4 years: R|
|Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||2 years: R|
|Exhaust pipe and bolts||–||T||–||T|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen
These are the tyre sizes and tyre pressures from the Suzuki SV650 manual. Of course, adjust the tyre pressure to suit your riding style and load.
The SV650 can take anything from road to track tyres, depending on your purpose.
|Front||120/60 ZR17 55W||225 kPa (33 psi)|
|Rear||160/60 ZR17 69W||250 kPa (36 psi)|
About the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen
The 2nd gen Suzuki SV650 and SV650S continued in the same theme as the original bike — an affordable middleweight powered by a feisty V-twin engine. It has simple mechanics and good looks and makes for a very engaging everyday ride.
The 2nd generation Suzuki SV650 was made from 2003 on. It was a big change from the 1st gen SV650, with a revised chassis, bodywork, and a fuel-injected engine, big update from carburettors.
Whether the 2nd gen or 1st gen is “better” for you is a different question. Experienced riders (the ones who grace the boards of the SVriders forum) generally say that both are great, and people who prefer one to the other usually do so because one is “set up” better — e.g. better brakes, suspension, and so on.
Nonetheless, fuel injection is a big change. It means you can’t just re-jet the carbs — you have to map the engine. On the other hand, it’s also a lot lower maintenance, particularly if you leave a bike unridden for long periods (e.g. if you have multiple motorcycles).
So the 2nd Gen Suzuki SV650 is much the same spirit as the first. A minimalist, easy-to-ride bike with a lot of character, a sweet chassis, and attractive looks.
The SV650 2nd Gen is also an excellent platform to improve on for track racing. People first go at the suspension (replacing the springs, oil, and maybe adding gold valve emulators), and then will tackle things like tyres, brakes, and removing components to lighten it up.
The engine of the 2nd Gen SV650 remains a 645-cc 90-degree liquid-cooled V-twin with a DOHC 8-valve set-up.
It has a lightweight 2-into-1 exhaust system tuned for strong low and mid-range torque. Also equipped with a lightweight chain-driven DOHC, shim-under-bucket valve system with 31 mm intake valves and 25.5 mm exhaust valves.
There were a few evolutions of the 2nd gen SV650 during the years it was released from 2003.
- In 2003, some of the bodywork was different to the rest of the years, meaning it can be hard to find parts. Maintenance was the same.
- In 2007, dual spark plugs were introduced, to increase combusion efficiency. (This means you need four of them)
From 2007 onward, you could also get ABS as an option in some markets/on some models.
Suzuki eventually replaced the SV650 with the updated (but less well-received) Suzuki Gladius, which was also called the SFV650.
Manual for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen from the 2003 bike. The schedule is consistent for other years of the SV650.
You can download genuine Suzuki manuals from here.