Nah the muffler has to go. A friend of mine bought an S model last year and they sound anemic stock. Need to release the V twin rumble from within!That is a hot deal for a great looking bike. It's only money. And painting those huge mufflers black is what all the mfrs should do, it really cleans up the looks. Looks good with the silver cylinders.
First in to say "Are you gonna buy this thing or just kick it's tyres till they deflate?" Lol :laugh:Well, the listed price includes the factory promo, and trade-in value on my 300 was underwhelming of course. Still mulling it over.
That's quite true.Shouldn't compare V twin with parallel twin I know, but it's better balanced, has a nicer vibe/beat and sounds way way better with an aftermarket pipe.
Yeah Suzuki arent really known for a high level of fit and finish. I wasn't that taken with the standard Gen 3 SV but the X model looks way better and has a riding position that would suit me better like clip ons rather than a handle bar. Comes with fork preload adjusters as well.Some nitpicky things feel a bit chintzy, like the non-die cut Suzuki sticker on the cowl. But all the important components look nice. Any of the color schemes they have do it for me, but the brown seat on the black/white combo does look nice (not like a cheap piece of vinyl which was my concern). Speaking of which, the seat on first inspection is super comfortable, with nice cupping action at the rear(!). It needs a tail tidy and exhaust.
Blasphemy!! You're perception of beauty and refinement would certainly be changed if you took a quick looky-loo at my 2018 Suzuki GSX250R. It's my "rescue bike", sorta like those sad looking pound pups and kittens just before they're put down and sent to the afterlife. I'd been looking at it for a couple months. Nobody else wanted it, and the dealer finally got tired of moving it around and paying monthly fees. So, they made me an agreeable offer. Poor fit and finish, You Say?? BAAAAH.Yeah Suzuki aren't really known for a high level of fit and finish.
Good to hear things have improved at Suzuki! Funny we should be talking about this as an engineer friend of mine (also cursed with an overly critical eye) was around home yesterday giving me a hand to compression test my SV and he was bemoaning a GSXR1100 he has just bought and is striping down to restore. Apparently the aluminium welds on the frame are 'unbelievably bad' He did go on somewhat so I'm thinking I need to go round and check it out.Blasphemy!! You're perception of beauty and refinement would certainly be changed if you took a quick looky-loo at my 2018 Suzuki GSX250R. It's my "rescue bike", sorta like those sad looking pound pups and kittens just before they're put down and sent to the afterlife. I'd been looking at it for a couple months. Nobody else wanted it, and the dealer finally got tired of moving it around and paying monthly fees. So, they made me an agreeable offer. Poor fit and finish, You Say?? BAAAAH.
The styling and economy are it's strong points. It's pudgy at 20+lbs more than my '15 R3, and less HP. The bike feels really stable and I find myself able to enjoy riding faster (for me) on twisty back roads. The suspension and brakes are no more or less than you'd expect out of a $4500, 250-300cc class Asian motorcycle. It does nothing outstanding, but it does nothing unexpected either. It's solid and consistently does as I ask, with no surprises. It suits my riding style well, and I'm pleased with it. No idea of a GSX300R, but you guys down there seem to hear about/have available models before we do here in Divided States :nerd:Anyways, glad the GSXR250 is meeting your expectations. They're a smart looking bike for sure, just seem to get slayed a bit in the reviews about a lack of power. Hows the handling and suspension though?
Also... still talking Suzukis... the GSXR300 rumor never came to anything at the bike shows this year. I'm sure I saw patent design images somewhere on the net a while back now. Hmmm.
This is all I know:No idea of a GSX300R, but you guys down there seem to hear about/have available models before we do here in Divided States :nerd:
Well, you're not getting this particular one. :angel:Yes Zeke. I'm talking about your silly post regarding that fairly slick looking SVx. That leads to watching youtube reviews. That leads to thinking how to clear more space in my garage. That leads to hiding another bike from the girl....so forth and so on. If the price earlier in this thread is accurate and one can be picked up for $6kish....I could add a V-Twin to the stable.
Awesome looking bike. My local dealer has a '19 SV650X "on sale". I'm not a big fan of the café look of the X and not sure whether the $1K US premium is justified? What other differences am I missing to offset the extra expense? :nerd:I bought one of these today: '19 Model Suzuki SV650A
I got the $2000 off promo deal and a free set of race tyres thrown in.
I wanted an X model but Suzuki NZ didnt import any X models last year as they had a heap of the charcoal/grey '18 models left to get rid of.