Suzuki will unveil the new SV650X at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show – which takes place October 27 to November 5 – a year after the bike was first unveiled as the SV650 Rally concept.
The original concept bike was based on the styling of 1970s tarmac rally cars and featured large front lights reminiscent of the spotlights used on rally cars for night racing.
The original concept also featured a shotgun-style Yoshimura exhaust, clip-on handlebars, new side panels, and a metal grill on the headlight. The Rally concept was an original take on the current retro trend and didn’t look like anything else on the market.
As is normally the case with concept bikes and their production counterparts, the bike Suzuki will unveil in Tokyo is a lot less radical. The retro spotlights from the original concept have been replaced by much smaller items, and sadly the Yoshimura exhausts are nowhere to be seen.
Suzuki GB general manager, Paul de Lusignan, commented: “The SV650 Rally concept generated a lot of interest at last year’s show, with retro-styled machines proving very popular among riders. 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.”