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Suzuki SV400 1998—
Suzuki SV400S 1998—

I have tried to tell the SV400S model history on this page as I know it. This page is still under construction. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.



The SV400, launched in 1998, had a liquid-cooled 90° V-twin engine, mounted in an lightweight (aluminum) trellis frame, similar to the TL1000S.

Two model version were available, the naked SV400 with a single round headlight, and the SV400S, with top fairing and two headlight and some other differences, like lower handlebars (see pictures).

Suzuki 1998More Suzuki models from 1998
1998 Suzuki year code: W

The SV400 was introduced in Japan in October 1998, as a 1998 year's model (SV400W)
Starting frame number: VK53A-100001
Colors available: Silver, Red.

Suzuki SV400N SV400 '98SV 400 1998
Overall Length: 2 035 mm (80.1 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 070 mm (42.1 in)
Seat Hight: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 415 mm (55.7 in)
Dry Weight: 159 kg (350 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp / 10.500 rpm, 4,2 kg-m/ 8.000 rpm.

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Suzuki SV400SSV 400 S 1998
Overall Length: 2 035 mm (80.1 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 415 mm (55.7 in)
Dry Weight: 167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm, 41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm.

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Suzuki 2000More Suzuki models from 2000
2000 Suzuki year code: Y

The model version SV400Y was presented in February 2000. There were only minor changes on the model except for introducing a dual front disc.

Colors available: Silver, Red.

2000—2002 Suzuki SV400S specifications (Japan)
Release date:
January 24, 2001
Vehicle type:
BC-VK53A
Overall length:
2 040 mm (80.3 in)
Overall width:
740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall height:
1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Wheelbase:
1 415 mm (55.7 in)
Ground clearance:
140 mm (5.5 in)
Seat height:
785 mm (30.9 in)
Dry weight:
167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type :
K508
Piston displacement:
399cc
Engine type:
Liquid-cooled V-twin, four-stroke
Bore x stroke
72,0 x 49,0 mm
Compression ratio:
11,8 :1
Power:
53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm
Torque:
41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm
Fuel economy (km/liter)
37 km at 60 kph
Fuel tank capacity:
16 liter
Ignition:
Transistorized
Fuel system:
Carburetor
Carburetor type:
BDSR36
Starter:
Electric starter
Lubricating:
Wet sump
Lube capacity:
2,7 liter
Clutch:
Wet multiple plate, coil springs
Transmission:
6-speed constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio:
2.620
Secondary reduction ratio:
3.000
1st gear:
2.461
2nd gear:
1.777
3rd gear:
1.380
4th gear:
1.125
5th gear:
0.961
6th gear:
0.851
Final drive:
Chain
Front tyre size:
120/60ZR17
Rear tyre size:
160/60ZR17
Caster:
25 degrees
Trail:
100 mm (3.9 in)
Minimum turning radius:
3,1 meter (10.2 feet)
Front brakes:
290 mm Dual hydraulic disc
Rear brake:
Single hydraulic disc
Front suspension:
Telescopic
Rear suspension:
Swingarm
Frame type:
Diamond
Recommended retail price (Japan 2001):
656,000 Yen


Suzuki 2001More Suzuki models from 2001
2001 Suzuki year code: K1


The 2001 year's version had new seat form among new decals on the tank and the fairing. Introduced at the end of the January 2001 in Japan. Only available in red.

SV400SSV 400 S 2001
Overall Length: 2 040 mm (80.3 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 415 mm (55.7 in)
Dry Weight: 167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm, 41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm.

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SV400SSV 400 S 2001
Overall Length: 2 040 mm (80.3 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 415 mm (55.7 in)
Dry Weight: 167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm, 41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm.



Suzuki 2002More Suzuki models from 2002
2002 Suzuki year code: K2

Suzuki SV400S '02SV 400 S 2002
Overall Length: 2 040 mm (80.3 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 415 mm (55.7 in)
Dry Weight: 167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm, 41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm.

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Suzuki 2003More Suzuki models from 2003
2003 Suzuki year code: K3


The 2003 year's SV400 and SV400S models are basically the same bikes as earlier. According to the specs I found on Suzuki Motor Company's home page in Japan, the overall length of the bike has increased with 30 mm and the wheelbase with 15 mm, otherwise the specifications are the same as for the previous year's model.

The most significant improvement (in my opinion) is the new color scheme for the SV400S. The bike is now available in Suzuki's racing colors, in style with the GSX-R models.

Colors available: Candy Blue, Pearl White/Deep Blue

Suzuki SV400N SV400 '03SV 400 2003
Overall Length: 2 070 mm (81.5 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 060 mm (41.7 in)
Seat Hight: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 430 mm (56.3 in)
Dry Weight: 159 kg (350 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp / 10.500 rpm, 4,2 kg-m/ 8.000 rpm.

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Suzuki SV400SSV 400 S 2003
Overall Length: 2 040 mm (80.3 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 430 mm (56.3 in)
Dry Weight: 167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm, 41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm.

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Suzuki 2004More Suzuki models from 2004
2004 Suzuki year code: K4

New color schemes. Like most of the '04 Suzukis, there's only the classic Suzuki "S" on the fuel tank, in style with the Vintage Suzuki motorcycles. The frame and the wheels are now painted black.

Colors available: Candy Red, Pearl White/Deep Blue

Suzuki SV400N SV400 '04SV 400 2004
Overall Length: 2 070 mm (81.5 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 060 mm (41.7 in)
Seat Hight: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 430 mm (56.3 in)
Dry Weight: 159 kg (350 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp / 10.500 rpm, 4,2 kg-m/ 8.000 rpm.

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Suzuki SV400S '04SV 400 S 2004
Overall Length: 2 040 mm (80.3 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 130 mm (44.5 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 430 mm (56.3 in)
Dry Weight: 167 kg (367 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 399 cc v-twin DOHC, 8 valves. 53 hp (39 kW)/ 10.500 rpm, 41 Nm (4,2 kg-m)/ 8.000 rpm.

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All the larger motorcycles made for the Japanese home market are power restricted.
Prior to 1993 the maximum horsepower were the following:
  250cc class: 45hp
  400cc class: 59 hp
  750cc class: 77 hp
  over 750cc: not allowed

The new limits for the models built in 1993 and after, were:
  250cc class: 40hp
  400cc class: 53 hp
  750cc class: 77 hp
  over 750cc: allowed, but restricted to 100 hp.

Bikes with more powerful engines are and were made for export only. However, if a Japanese private person wants to buy an unrestricted bike, they are allowed to import it from another country by themselves for private use...






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