If you have read our review of the 2004 Suzuki SV650, you know that we had nothing but good things to say about Suzuki’s little V-Twin. For sheer fun-to-ride factor, the SV is one of the best choices out there, and the price is pretty attractive too.
The only thing I see wrong with the SV is the somewhat bland styling. Don’t get me wrong, the SV is an attractive bike, but it’s a little conservative, maybe even boring. Personally, I like my naked bikes to look a little more aggressive. With that in mind, we turned to Suzuki’s Genuine Accessories division for a little help spicing up our 2004 SV650.
The first item we installed was a color-matched passenger seat cover. This part entirely replaces the stock passenger seat with an attractive and cleanly-styled cover. Better yet, it allows you to remove that ugly stock passenger grab-rail, providing two small color-matched block-off plates to cover the holes where the grab rail used to go.
As you would expect, the passenger seat cover was extremely easy to install – it took about 5 minutes, and the only tools required were a 12mm socket and a phillips-head screwdriver. Everything fit perfectly and lined up evenly, and the color of the Suzuki accessories perfectly matches the stock paint.
The next part was my personal favorite, but your opinion will probably depend on whether or not you like the “Euro-streetfighter” look. The color-matched radiator shroud set is in my opinion the coolest part offered by Suzuki Genuine Accessories for the SV650. These shrouds go from the frame to the radiator, appearing similar to a stylised version of a motocross bike’s radiator shrouds.
Again, the shrouds fit perfectly and were simple to install. I did actually have to look at the instructions for these, and the install took about 20 minutes. Again, the color of the radiator shrouds matches the stock paint perfectly.
Overall, these two parts gave the plain-jane SV650 a much-needed injection of style and aggression. At a suggested retail of $129.95 for the seat cover and $179.95 for the radiator panels, these accessories might seem a little expensive. Considering the fact that they come pre-painted, however, the price is pretty reasonable. If you’re looking for accessories for your Suzuki that fit perfectly and come exactly matched to your bike’s stock paint scheme, check out the Suzuki Genuine Accessories online catalog.
As a side note, if you’re wondering about the mini-fairing on our SV650, it is another Suzuki Genuine Accessories part which has unfortunately been discontinued and is no longer available. In fact we got one of the last yellow pieces available. Sorry.