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Suzuki SV650 and SV650S 2nd Gen Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen Stock Image

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).

The Suzuki SV650 and variants are street motorcycles manufactured since 1999 for the international market by the Suzuki Motor Corporation, featuring a mid-sized V-twin engine and medium performance components. In 2003, Suzuki updated the SV650 from the 1st gen SV650this is the 2nd gen SV650. It has a fuel-injected engine and a revised chassis with a more striking, angular trellis frame.

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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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.

PartSuzuki SV650 (2nd 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, but I wouldn’t over-think this and use another popular high-grade oil like Motul 300V or Motul 5100.
Oil filterUse a Hiflofiltro HF138, 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 CR8E. Should be gapped to 0.7-0.8mm (use a gapping tool).
Brake fluid/Clutch fluidSuzuki (like most motorcycles) requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid.
CoolantSuzuki 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 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.
Brake padsEBC 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 parts

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.

Notes:

  • Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
  • 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.
km10006000120001800024000
miles600400075001100014500
Elementmonths16121824
Air cleaner (K&N SU-6503)IIRI
Spark plugs (NGK CR8E — you need 4 for 2007+)IRIR
Tappet clearanceI
Engine oil (Motul 5100)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (HF130)RR
Fuel lineIIII
Replace every 4 years
Engine Idle speedIIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationI E-33 onlyII
Evaporative emission control system E-33 (California model only)II
Replace vapor hose every 4 years
PAIR (air supply) systemII
Throttle cable playIIIII
ClutchIIII
Radiator hosesIIII
Replace every 4 years
Engine coolantReplace every 2 years
Drive chainIIIII
Motul Chain Care KitClean and lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)
Brakes (Left is FA229HH, Right is FA231HH, Rear is FA174HH)IIIII
Brake hoseIIII
*Replace every 4 years
Brake fluid (use DOT 4 only)IIII
*Replace every 2 years
TiresIIII
SteeringIII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Exhaust pipe and boltsTTT
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Suzuki SV650 2nd gen maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen

These are the tyre sizes, recommended brand, and tyre pressures from the Suzuki SV650 manual.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/60 ZR17 55WDUNLOP D220FST L225 kPa (33 psi)
Rear160/60 ZR17 69WDUNLOP D220ST L250 kPa (36 psi)
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Suzuki SV650 2nd gen

About the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen

The 2nd generation Suzuki SV650 was made from 2003 on. It was a big change, with a revised chassis, bodywork, and a fuel-injected engine.

Whether the 2nd gen or 1st gen is “better” for you is a different question. Experience 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 bikes).

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.

Manual for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen

Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki SV650 2nd Gen

You can download it from here.

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