Suzuki looks set to be the latest manufacturer to join the retro bike club, after announcing that it is to show a new SV650 based concept at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show.
The SV650X is an evolution of the SV650 Rally that appeared as a concept at last year’s event. According to Suzuki, last year’s bike paid homage to ‘tarmac rally cars and bikes of the 1970s’ while the SV650X is a ‘neo-retro’ design with a newly-styled bikini fairing, tinted screen, fog lamps and clip-on handlebars.
The bike is not dissimilar to Yamaha’s XSR900 Abarth in style but Suzuki remain uncommitted to confirming what a production version of the SV650X might look like.
“The SV650 Rally concept generated a lot of interest at last year’s show, with retro-styled machines proving very popular among riders,” says Suzuki GB general manager, Paul de Lusignan. “The SV650X is an evolution of that concept, and shows how that would translate to a production machine. Currently we cannot confirm a production schedule. We will first assess reactions to the SV650X before finalising plans.”
Suzuki famously showcased its B-King concept back in 2001, grabbing headlines with a supercharged Hayabusa engine and 240 section rear tyre. The production version, with its naturally aspirated engine and more sensible rubber, disappointed many fans who were wowed with the concept, but we expect that the SV650X concept will be much closer to the bike that will go on sale, most likely in 2019. Pictures already show that the X shares the standard model’s chassis and engine, while the cheaper looking exhaust system suggests that the SV650X has been designed for volume production.
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