Suzuki Releases The SV650 Scrambler For 2017…
Unexpectedly, Suzuki Unleashes The SV650 Scrambler!
Updated August 16, 2018
…But only in France. That’s right, this beautiful motorcycle will only be available to the French…for now. Despite a series of recent interviews where Suzuki’s Tohihiro Suzuki explained that Suzuki were in no particular rush to follow the same trends as the other leading manufacturers, it seems he was keeping a few cards close to his chest. As you can see here, Suzuki does have an interest in breaking into the scrambler market. It seems, however, that they’re not willing to jump in and follow the trend for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses, but they’re taking their time developing a platform that really works. France just happens to be their testing ground.
Despite everything though, it seems like the 2017 SV650 Scrambler is little more than a series of bolt-on parts for the time being, as you can see in the video below. We don’t mean that as a negative thing though, because easy bolt-on customization is a great direction for the SV model, keeping the SV simple, utilitarian and versatile – exactly what an SV should be. The Suzuki Scrambler is blessed with a series of cool parts, including wide LSL handlebars, larger foot pegs, a short alloy front mudguard, a headlight protector, radiator guards, a fly shield, a chain guard, and a rather retro looking ribbed brown leather seat. Oh yeah, they’ve also put a set of Dunlop Mutant rubbers on there for good measure too.
The asking price for one of these stands at €7,999, which roughly translates to around $8,600 US. The regular base model SV650 ABS retails for around $7,499 here in the States, so the price difference is about right…although there’s a lot less in terms of plastic of the Scrambler model! For the time being, Suzuki have no plans to release the model outside of France, but we still think this is just a testing ground to gauge public opinion. A smart rider would bet that this won’t be the last we’ve heard of the 2017 SV650 Scrambler. We’re expecting that it will make its way across the pond in the very near future…!