Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen (2016+, including SV650X) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen, made from 2016 onward.

The Suzuki SV650 is Suzuki’s middleweight sport bike powered by a V-twin engine. It has been popular for decades. The 2016+ model of SV650 (including the SV650X) are the third generation of SV650.

In reality the 3rd gen was actually a restyled Suzuki SVF650 Gladius, but with some all-important styling changes that were needed to convert the faithful, along with some tech updates.

The Suzuki SV650 line has been around since 1999. It’s Suzuki’s middleweight street/sport bike, and is used for everything from everyday commuting to track day fun.

Here are all the generations of Suzuki SV650 or Gladius:

The Suzuki SV650 3rd gen is based on a liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve 645cc 90-degree V-twin engine. In base trim it makes 56 kW (75 bhp) at 8500 rpm, and peak torque of 64 Nm (47 lb-ft) at 8100 rpm.

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Suzuki SV650 Service Intervals (3rd gen)

Overall, the Suzuki SV650 has 3500 mile / 6000 km service intervals between oil changes. Every few oil changes, change the oil filter too.

The major valve service interval for the SV650 is a longer 15000 miles / 24000 km. As time goes on, the valves need less and less attention.

Tighten up bolts at every oil change — V-twins are a little heavy on vibration and tend to shake things loose.

Replace your fluids — clutch, brake, and coolant — every 2-4 years.

Also, keep the chain lubed (ever 600 mi / 1000 km), or more often if riding in adverse conditions (dusty roads, or the rain).

What you need to maintain your Suzuki SV650 3rd gen

If you’re going to do work on your 3rd gen Suzuki SV650, you’ll need some basic motorcycle maintenance tools. But apart from that, you’ll also need a few other extra things.

PartSuzuki SV650 3rd Gen spec
OilSuzuki 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. You can use any high-grade motorcycle oil like Motul 5100 10W-40.
Oil filterUse a Hiflofiltro HF138RC, which is a drop-in high-quality replacement.
Air filterUse a K&N air filter as a drop-in replacement, part number SU-6509.
Spark plugsThe standard spark plug is NGK MR8E-9.
Brake fluid/Clutch fluidSuzuki (like most motorcycles) requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid.
Brake padsA popular drop-in upgrade (that’s cheap) is to use EBC double hardened brake pads. You need FA229HH and FA231HH up front, and FA174HH at the rear.
CoolantSuzuki only requires a coolant that’s “compatible with an aluminium radiator”, recommending Suzuki super long-life coolant or an alternative.
Chain maintenanceUse either Motul chain paste or a complete Motul chain care kit for frequent chain servicing.
GreaseAlways handy to have some lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points, like the kickstand.
Cable maintenanceKeep your throttle cable and your clutch cable lubricated with Protect all cable life.
Suzuki SV650 3rd gen maintenance parts

Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen.


  • The break-in service is omitted — usually a dealer does this during the warranty period.
  • Time/distance Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
  • If you use the motorcycle under severe conditions (e.g. in dust and rain), you may have to service it more frequently, especially the filter and chain.
  • Legend:
    • I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary,
    • R= Replace,
    • T= Tighten,
    • C/L = Clean/Lubricate
km x 10006121824
mi x 100047.51114.5
Service checklist (see below) — Perform all items6 months
Engine oil — Replace (Motul 5100 10W-40)6 months
Engine oil filter — Replace (HF138RC)18 months
Air filter — inspect
Air filter — Replace (K&N SU-6509)
Valve clearances — Check
Intake valves: 0.10-0.20 mm
Exhaust valves: 0.20-0.30 mm
Spark plugs — Inspect condition12 months
Spark plugs — Replace (NGK MR8E-9)12 months
Throttle valve synch — Perform
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolts — Tighten
Steering — Check for smooth operation, no notchiness
Front forks — Check smooth operation and no damage / pitting
Rear suspension — Check smooth operation and no damage / pitting
Evaporative emission control system (if fitted) — Check
Brake fluid — Replace (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Brake hoses — Replace4 years
Engine coolant — Replace (Suzuki super long-life coolant)4 years/48000 km
Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen maintenance schedule

Suzuki SV650 Annual Service Checklist

Below is the annual service checklist for the Suzuki SV650. Do it according to the schedule above.

Some of these items are meant to be done more frequently and are mentioned at the top.

Suzuki SV650 Annual Service Checklist
General lubrication — Perform
Every 600 mi / 1000 km
Battery — Check voltage and condition
Fuel lines — Check
Radiator hoses — Check
Throttle cable play — Check (2-4 mm, 0.08-0.16 in)
Idle speed — Check (1300 rpm)
Clutch — Check free play, and lubricate cable (Protect All Cable Life)
Brakes — Inspect correct function, brake pad thickness, and brake disc thickness
Brake fluid — Check level (between lines). Note that brake fluid drops with brake pad wear.
Tires — Inspect condition and tread depth
Chassis bolts and nuts — Tighten
Cylinder head nuts, exhaust pipe bolts and muffler connector bolt — Tighten
Suzuki SV650 Annual Service Checklist

Maintaining your Chain on your Suzuki SV650

Maintain your chain on your Suzuki SV650 regularly. Either use a good-quality (and affordable) chain lube like Motul Chain Paste, or use a full on Motul Chain Care Kit to clean and restore a chain.

Suzuki recommends that you maintain your chain regularly according to the following schedule.

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check chain
* Correct tension / slack (20-30mm / 0.8-1.2 in at loosest point)
* Adequate lubrication
* No excessive wear / damage (loose pins, damaged rollers, dry or rusted links, kinked or binding links, excessive wear, and improper adjustment)
Ride (pre-ride check)
Clean and lubricate chain1000 km / 600 miles
Suzuki SV650 chain maintenance

To check chain slack, check the free vertical movement of the chain at its loosest part (roll the bike around and watch how the chain moves).

Suzuki SV650 Chain Slack Check | Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen (2016+, including SV650X) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Target chain slack for the SV650 is 20-30 mm (0.8-1.2 inches)

If the chain slack is out of speck, you need to adjust it. To adjust chain slack follow these steps:

  • Loosen the axle nut
  • Turn the right and left adjuster bolts until the chain has 20-30 mm of slack (target the tighter end of the range, as chains stretch)
  • Keep the chain / wheel in alignment using the alignment marks
  • Tighten the axle nut to 100 Nm / 73 lb-ft
  • Check the chain slack again
loose pins, damaged rollers, dry or rusted links, kinked or binding links, excessive wear, and improper adjustment.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen

The manual for the 2016+ Suzuki SV650 3rd gen specifies the following tyre sizes and recommends the following tyre pressure.

Stock, the Suzuki SV650 3rd gen ships with Dunlop Roadsmart III tyres. You can fit any sport, sport touring, or road tyres and get a lot out of your SV650.

TyreSizeTyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 58W225 kPa (2.25 bar, 33 psi)
Rear160/60 ZR17 69W250 kPa (2.50 bar, 36 psi)
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Suzuki SV650 34d gen

About the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen

The Suzuki SV650 is, and has been for a long time, Suzuki’s middleweight sport bike.

With handlebars and a midrange-focused engine, the SV650 is very capable as an everyday road bike. It’s comfortable, has a very reliable and characterful engine, and has looks that are understated and elegant.

The Suzuki SV650X is a very similar bike but with a little cowl and clip-on handlebars. It’s still eminently comfortable.

Primarily, Suzuki SV650 has been a competitor to the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Z650, or other earlier variants of the same bikes. But the SV650 has been unique among its competitors for being the only bike with a V-twin engine.

The core of the SV650 is what makes it special. The liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve L-twin engine was technologically more advanced than the motorcycle that inspired it — the early Ducati Monster bikes (like the Monster 900). The engine in this generation has perfect primary balance, giving it smooth revving all the way from idle up to the 10000 rpm redline.

The 3rd gen Suzuki SV650 is a breath of fresh air for the faithful fans of the series who didn’t like the styling of the Gladius — even though the 3rd gen shares a lot in common with the Gladius internally.

The 3rd gen Suzuki SV650 includes Suzuki’s “Low RPM Assist” feature that makes the SV650 almost unstallable. It adjusts engine RPM during take-off and at low speed to make sure that the bike always stays running.

The 3rd gen SV650 has fairly simple running gear. The front forks are conventional (not inverted) and are non-adjustable. People taking the SV650 to track days frequently attack the front fork as one of the first things to improve.

The brakes on the SV650 are decent — four-piston Tokico brake calipers gripping twin 290mm discs. These are at least sporty.

The SV650X is the more sporty variant of the SV650. It has the same chassis and all ride gear, but has a little cowl, clip-on handlebars, and a sportier seat.

Manual for the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen

Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen, from a 2017 manual. It has also been compared to manuals from later years for the SV650X for example.

You can download it from Suzuki’s official website here.

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