Suzuki has listed the price for its 2018 SV650X neo-retro, and it’s going to be the budget-friendly neo-retro option this year.
We’ve seen a few takes on the neo-retro theme coming to our showrooms next year. Kawasaki has its Z900 RS and Z900 RS Cafe, which both recall the glory days of the inline-four UJM. Yamaha has brought its XSR700 to Canada this year, to accompany the existing XSR900 models, both of which are really just retro paint schemes on fairly current-looking naked bikes. Honda announced both the CB1000R and CB400 Interceptor concept at EICMA, which look like the sort of machines you’d see in older sci-flicks, like Blade Runner (we haven’t heard confirmation that either is coming to Canada).
However, nostalgia ain’t what it used to be; all those retro machines carry stiff price tags, with the XSR700 going for $9,599 in Canada, and the Z900 RS selling for $12,999 in Canada (the Cafe version costs another $600).
The SV650X is relatively low-priced by those standards, listing for $8,299 at the Suzuki website, with five-year warranty included at this point (that offer may vanish at any time).
It’s hard to say whether or not that will be enough to make the bike sell, though. While Suzuki has been killing it on pricing lately, especially when you consider the five-year warranty, the bikes have mostly been rehashes of old tech (except for the new GSX-R1000). The SV650X is, at its heart, just another SV650, but with a bikini fairing and some slightly retro bodywork. Will that be enough to catch the attention of the jaded buyer? We’ll see, when it hits showrooms this summer.