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

Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen Stock Image

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

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.

This maintenance schedule is for the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen, made since 2016. In reality the 3rd gen was actually a warmed over Suzuki SVF650 Gladius, but with some all-important styling changes that were needed to convert the faithful.

The new 3rd gen Suzuki SV650 returned to the more conventional styling of the pre-Gladius naked version. Suzuki added a few more things, including a little more horsepower, a low RPM assist feature to prevent stalls, and new exhaust to comply with Euro 4 emissions standards.

The end result is what I think is the best-looking Suzuki SV650 yet — especially the SV650X.

Suzuki SV650X
2019 Suzuki SV650X

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What you need to maintain your Suzuki SV650

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, but I wouldn’t over-think this, and use another popular high-grade oil like Motul 5100.
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”. Most motorcycle coolants are, and so a Valvoline Zerex G05 is a fine 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.
Suzuki SV650 3rd gen maintenance parts

Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen Maintenance Schedule

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

Maintaining your SV650 is pretty easy as most of it is exposed — it’s a naked motorcycle! The most important things are to

  1. Change the oil and oil filter regularly
  2. Keep the chain lubed
  3. Replace your fluids — clutch, brake, and coolant — every 2-4 years.

Aside from that… don’t screw it up, and you’re golden.


  • 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
  • If you use the motorcycle under severe conditions, you may have to service it more frequently.
Air cleaner element (K&N SU-6509)IIRI
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTT
Tappet clearanceI
Spark plugs (NGK MR8E-9)IRIR
Fuel lineReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Engine oil (Motul 5100)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)RR
Idle speedIIIII
Throttle cable playIIIII
Carburetor synchronizationI (CA. only)II
Evaporative emission control system (California model only)Replace vapor hose every 4 yearsII
PAIR (air supply) system (California model only)II
Engine coolant (Zerex G05)Replace every 2 years
Radiator hoseIIII
Clutch cable playIIII
Drive chain (Motul chain care kit)Clean and lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)IIIII
Brake hose*Replace every 4 yearsIIII
Brake fluid (DOT 4)*Replace every 2 yearsIIII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen maintenance schedule

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 brands and recommends the following tyre pressure.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 58WDUNLOP ROADSMART III J225 kPa (2.25 kgf/cm2, 33 psi)
Rear160/60 ZR17 69WDUNLOP ROADSMART III J250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm2, 36 psi)
Tyres and tyre pressures

About the Suzuki SV650 3rd Gen

The 3rd gen Suzuki SV650 was a breath of fresh air for the faithful fans of the series who hated the styling of the Gladius — even though the 3rd gen shared a lot in common with the Gladius internally.

Suzuki continued to refine the iconic motorcycle that embodies the sporty personality that only a lively, mid-sized V-twin roadster can deliver.

The SV650 3rd Gen has a polished powerplant that provides surprising performance with low emissions and outstanding fuel economy, coupled with a lightweight chassis that that is on the one hand eminently practical, and on the other hand quite fun.

The slim bodywork is aesthetically pleasing while aiding comfort and maneuverability. The position of the muffler and its brushed stainless steel cover are give greater lean angles when cornering.

New, dual four-piston Tokico brake calipers up front grab a pair of 290mm fully floating stainless steel rotors for great stopping performance.

The liquid-cooled, 645cc, DOHC, L-twin engine has perfect primary balance so it smoothly pulls with authority from idle up to the 10,000 rpm redline.

The advanced EFI system includes Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist feature that seamlessly adjusts engine speed during takeoff and low-speed running to smooth the power delivery and to help eliminate the possibility of the rider stalling the motorcycle.

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.

You can download it from here.

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