Suzuki SV 400

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Suzuki SV400S (1998)

Suzuki SV400 appeared at the end of 1998 and was focused on the domestic Japanese market. The Suzuki SV650 model was exported to the countries of Europe, North America and Oceania. Both models are almost identical in appearance, but have a number of key differences. Firstly, in the volume of engines (399 cm³ versus 645 cm³).

Secondly, in the braking system (the first models of the SV400 had only one brake disc in front; the rear brake of the SV400 was a 2-piston). Thirdly, by generations (since 2003 SV650 received a powerful restyling and outwardly began to differ from the SV400). Like the older versions, the Suzuki SV400 model series largely copied the European concept of road bikes, and in particular, the concept of the Ducati brand. The experience of TL1000 at one time showed the prospects of this direction and demonstrated a noticeable market interest in this class of equipment. In turn, the SV series differed from the Ducati Monster in simpler equipment, which was expressed not only in the engine, but also in the chassis (simple suspensions, inexpensive 2-piston brakes).

The Suzuki SV 400 was based on a 2-cylinder V-shaped (90 °) liquid-cooled engine, 399 cc, producing standard (for 400 cc models of the Japanese market) 53 hp. power and 41 Nm of torque. Unlike models with in-line 4-cylinder engines of the same size, the SV400 had significantly better traction in the low and mid-range zone, which increased ride comfort. In addition, the motor itself was narrow and almost completely fit into the dimensions of the frame. Due to the arrangement of the cylinders with a pronounced forward inclination, such an engine is often called L-shaped.

Other features of the Suzuki SV 400 include an aluminum tubular frame, simple suspension in the form of a classic telescopic fork and monoshock, disc brakes, a 6-speed gearbox, a 16-liter fuel tank and 164 kg of dry weight.

Main modifications of Suzuki SV400:

  • Suzuki SV400 - regular naked version. It features a classic round headlight and a classic steering wheel.
  • Suzuki SV400S - sports version. It featured a plastic front fairing and sporty twin headlights, clip-ons and taller footrests. This modification was more popular in the market.

2006 was the last year of production for the SV400, after which it finally left the market. In 2009, it was replaced by a new model - Suzuki Gladius 400.

The lineup of the Suzuki SV series:

The main competitors of Suzuki SV400 in the class:


Suzuki SV400S
Suzuki SV400S
Suzuki SV400S


Technical characteristics of Suzuki SV 400:

ModelSuzuki SV 400
Motorcycle typenaked
Release year1998-2006
Framealuminum tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped 90 ° (L-shaped)
Working volume399 cm³
Bore / stroke72.0 x 49.0mm
Compression ratio11.8: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Mikuni BDSR36
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power53.0 h.p. (39.0 kW) at 10,500 rpm
Maximum torque41.0 Nm (4.2 kg * m) at 8000 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size120 / 60ZR17M / C (55W)
Rear tire size160 / 60ZR17M / C (69W)
Front brakes1 disc, 2-piston caliper - SV400 / SV400S (1998)

2 discs, 290mm, 2-piston calipers - SV400 / SV400S (2000-2006)

Rear brakes1 disc, 240 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension41mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 130mm Travel - SV400 / SV400S (1998-2002)

41mm Telescopic Fork (Preload Adjustable), 130mm Travel - SV400 / SV400S (2003-2006)

Rear suspensionPendulum with monoshock (preload adjustment), stroke - 125 mm
Motorcycle length2070 mm
Motorcycle width750 mm - SV400

740 mm - SV400S

Motorcycle height1060 mm - SV400

1130 mm - SV400S

Wheelbase1430 mm - SV400

1420 mm - SV400S

Saddle height785 mm
Minimum ground clearance140 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h5.3 sec
Maximum speed180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity16.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry)164 kg - SV400

168 kg - SV400S