Suzuki SV1000S does the quarter mile in 10.88 seconds
A look at the Suzuki SV1000S’s engine performance, top speed and acceleration
Suzuki SV1000S Dyno and engine performance
The SV1000 is powered by the same engine as the Suzuki’s TL1000S which a bike that is very similar to the SV but is more powerful, aggressive, and sporty.
The 996 cc L2 in the SV1000 is a little toned down compared to the TLS after various engine updates and changes that resulted in a more linear power delivery and softer throttle response with less peak power and torque.
Claimed power of 123 horsepower at the crank remains the same but at the real wheel the SV1000 tends to put out a little less at 107 horsepower as opposed to around 115 for the TL1000S variant. Peak torque is less than the TL1000 too at 68 ft/lb punching in at 7500 rpm.
If we look at the power and torque curve you can see that the SV1000 produces a good flat torque curve right from the bottom and then like the TLS, power and torque picks up nicely from 6000 rpm as it drives to its 107 horsepower peak at 10,000 rpm.
The surge at 6000 rpm is not felt on the road quite like the dyno graph would suggest, instead acceleration builds linearly and strongly right up to peak power.
Suzuki SV1000S in-gear acceleration
The engine is strong and effective on the road especially in the first three gears and will wheelie in first off power alone from as little as 4000 rpm if you crack it open aggressively.
Like many large capacity L2’s, fourth to sixth gear tend to be longer comparative to rival four-cylinder motorcycles. This is generally the case because the four-cylinder rivals tend to rev higher and can get away with running lower gearing without sacrificing top speed.
As a result, roll-on acceleration is not as impressive as it could be in the higher gears.
The SV1000 has a lower overall ratio due to the final drive having two extra teeth on the rear sprocket. Even after this choice to lower gearing the SV1000 could still benefit from lower gearing as the SV1000 can hit its top speed in fifth gear with some rpm left over.
A lower fourth, fifth and sixth would provide much better in-gear performance without sacrificing top speed – seeing as the SV1000 does not have the power or the aero to hit theoretical top speed in fifth let alone sixth.
In top gear from highway speeds the SV1000 shows around 4500 rpm at 70 mph so is very relaxed. It will pick up and overtake slow moving traffic easily but there are 600 cc sportsbike that have more acceleration in sixth gear from the same speed despite having much less torque.
Of course, those 600s are showing a frantic 7000-8000 rpm in top from those speeds.
The SV1000’s fifth gear is a better option if you want to get an overtake done fast and safe.
While you can be lazy with the SV1000 and not be too concerned what gear you find yourself in, like the TL, The SV does like to be thrashed and rewards you the more rpm you chase, which is unlike some other L2’s of the era that tend to run out of puff beyond 7000 rpm.
You can consider the SV1000 as a flexible engine, but if you really must get a move on the sweet spot for the SV1000 is between 7000 and 10,000 rpm, this is particular the case in the higher gears though you’d have to be ‘on it’ and pushing on hard if above 7000 rpm in fourth gear and above.
Suzuki SV1000S does 0-60 mph in 2.93 seconds
The SV1000 was one of the faster 1000 cc twins of its time and had the legs on the VTR1000, 900SS and TRX850. The SL1000 Falco was a little faster though; as well as the more focussed Superbike twins such as the SP1/SP2 and Suzuki’s very own TL1000R.
Of course, it was a little slower than the TL1000S too but still impressed on the strip and was only a fraction behind when pushed came to shove.
From a dig, thanks to great fuelling and a clutch that provided exceptional feel, the SV1000 is very capable on launch. It will easily wheelie through first gear but less so then the shorter wheelbase and more aggressive TL1000S.
First gear is low and without much effort the SV1000 can hit 0-60mph in 2.93 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 3.04 seconds. These are ET’s that can match or beat many current Superbikes that boast almost twice the power.
This is possible as these Superbikes tend to have too much power and are too light with very short wheelbases which is not conducive to optimum launches despite their rider aids being there to help keep things under control.
With 60 mph despatched so quickly the ton comes up not long after, which is helped by the SV’s very slick, fast, and precise gearbox changes. A gearbox that stands out to this day!
Halfway through third gear and the 0-100 mph benchmark arrives in only 6.30 seconds which is a time that would embarrass many Sportscars and Supercars.
The SV1000S for most competent rider would be a low 11 second bike at the strip but if you are light and really know what you are doing the SV1000S will chime in with a quarter mile time of 10.88 seconds at 125 mph.
The above is a great time for a 20 year old L2 making under 110 horsepower at wheels, and is pretty much as fast as the fastest 600 cc Supersport motorcycles that make similar if not more power and are 20kg lighter.
The faster of the Supersport motorcycles will have the edge in acceleration from 130 mph and right up top due to more effective gearing and efficient aerodynamics though the SV1000, despite being semi faired still goes well up top. Perhaps this is due to the slenderness of its L2 engine plus the very effective half fairing that provided the rider with some good cover from the elements.
Suzuki SV1000S top speed is 152 mph
With the above in mind the SV1000 will hit a real 152 mph with around 170 mph showing on the very optimistic speedometer.
Like the TL1000S, the SV1000’s top speed can be achieved in fifth or sixth gear. If you try and rev out fifth it will hit 152 mph with well short of the rpm limiter. You can hook sixth gear but rpm won’t move and neither will the SV1000’s top speed of 152 mph.
|Suzuki SV1000S Top Speed And Acceleration|
|SS/QM||10.88 @ 125 mph|
|SS/KM||20.48 @ 147 mph|
|SS/Mile||29.45 @ 151 mph|
|Top Speed||152 mph|