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Suzuki SV1000/S Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Suzuki SV1000 Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki SV1000 and Suzuki SV1000S. The Suzuki SV1000 and the half-faired SV1000S are sport motorcycles made by Suzuki since 2003, but which were discontinued after a few years as Suzuki focused on their GSX-R1000.

The SV1000’s engine is sourced from the TL1000S, which never sold well itself (though is now a cult classic). Suzuki made over 300 changes to improve low-end and midrange performance.

So both the SV1000 and SV1000S have a 996 c 90-degree water-cooled fuel-injected engine that makes 89 kW (120hp) @ 9000 rpm at the rear wheel, and 102 Nm (75 lb-ft) at 7200 rpm. All in all, quite a lot of power in a very accessible powerband, and totally adequate for a bike with a wet weight of around 210-220 kg (different sources).

The SV1000S in particular was designed to compete directly with the Honda VTR1000F (also known as the SuperHawk or FireStorm, depending on the market), which was released before the Suzuki, and Ducati V-twin superbikes.

The SV1000 is the larger sibling to the popular 650 cc SV650 motorcycle. The SV1000 shares many common parts with the SV650, including all bodywork (front fairing, fuel tank and rear plastics/subframe), but the main frame, handlebars, swingarm and forks are different.

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Suzuki SV1000 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki SV1000 and SV1000S.

Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.


  • I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary
  • R= Replace
  • T= Tighten

NOTE: More frequent servicing may be performed on motorcycles that are used under severe conditions.

Air cleaner element (K&N SU-6503)IIRI
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTT
Tappet clearanceI
Spark plugs (NGK CR8EK are popular)IRIR
Fuel hosesReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Engine oil (10W-40 Jaso MA spec, e.g. Motul 5100)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)RR
Engine idle speedIIIII
Throttle cable playIIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationII
PAIR (air supply) systemII
Engine coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)Replace every 2 years
Radiator hoseIIII
Clutch hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Clutch fluid (DOT 4 only)Replace every 2 yearsIIII
Drive chain (Try a Motul chain care kit)Clean and lubricate
every 1000km (600mi)
Brake pads (2 pairs FA148HH up front, 1 pair FA174HH rear)IIIII
Brake hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)Replace every 2 yearsIIII
Steering (grease bearings with lithium soap-based grease)I
Front forkII
Rear suspensionII
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Suzuki SV1000/SV1000S maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki SV1000

The manual specifies the following tyre pressures and sizes for the Suzuki SV1000 and SV1000S. They recommend Michelin Pilot Roads, or other street-oriented tyres.

TyreSizeTyre pressure (cold)Brand(s) shipped with
Front120/70 ZR17 58W36 psi/250 kPa/2.5 barMichelin Pilot Road B
Rear180/55 ZR17 73 WSolo: 36 psi/250 kPa/2.5 bar
Dual: 42 psi/290 kPa/2.5 bar
Michelin Pilot Road B
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Suzuki SV1000

About the Suzuki SV1000

The Suzuki SV1000 was meant to be a “big” version of the SV650. But it never really was as popular as the SV650, mostly because it was a bigger bike that also didn’t have the premium-spec component of its contemporary sibling, the first GSX-R1000 (and especially the second).

The engine in the SV1000 made over 90kW or 120bhp at the rear wheel when it first appeared in the TL1000S. The SV1000 didnt have the same tuning. Suzuki claimed 90 kW/120hp at the crank, which translated to a lower figure at the wheel. Thankfully, this is enough, as it’s a torquey bike. But you still need an exhaust and a tune if you want to get the full potential out of the SV1000.

One huge advantage of the SV1000 and SV1000S over the Firestorm/SuperHawk is that it’s fuel-injected. This means it’s easier to tune, more reliable, and less likely to gunk up if you leave it sitting for a while.

The suspension for the SV1000 is also decent. It has fully adjustable cartridge forks and a a fully adjustable rear shock (that is, preload, compression damping, and rebound damping on both ends). That’s great! It’s a lot more than you get on most bikes. People only modify the suspension if they’re serious racers (for which this isn’t most people’s first choice of bike — they would have opted for the K5 GSX-R1000 of similar vintage).

There were minimal changes to the SV1000 during its tenure. In 2005, Suzuki made some cosmetic changes, but also improved the engine with larger throttle boddies, higher-lift cams, a lighter flywheel, a higher compression ratio, and a new ECU. In 2006 there were just a few new colours released.

Manual for the Suzuki SV1000

Suzuki SV1000 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki SV1000.

You can download it from here.

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