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Never Better – 2004 Suzuki SV1000S

Suzuki jumped on the liter V-twin bandwagon in 1997, and though the fine TL1000S didn’t meet sales expectations, they made some changes and released the SV1000S in 2003.  This one-owner example has been tuned and personalized, but ridden only 3,000 miles.

2004 Suzuki SV1000S for sale on eBay

While the vacuum-cast aluminum chassis looks beefy, a look from – inside – shows it is not solid, but a complex array of stiffeners, adding lightness and rigidity.  The 996cc twin has many changes from the TL1000S including forged pistons, lighter con-rods and timing chain.  The intake and valve train is optimized for its 75 ft.-lbs. torque – though peak power isn’t nothing at 123 hp.   Right-side-up forks and monoshock are multi-adjustable, and there is a steering damper and slipper clutch to help the big twin mind its manners.  Brakes are from Tokico and 310mm in front, 220mm out back.

This South Jersey owner has addressed every comment the media had about the SV1000S, and made several cosmetic updates as well.  A more open exhaust and accompanying Power Commander has allowed the engine to be heard, some reviewers thought it was too quiet.  Braided brake lines firm up the lever and pedal feel, and an adjustable steering damper has been added.  Suspension has been updated and tuned, and the supersport fairing has been made full with factory parts.  Not to mention a lot of blue anodized and carbon accents.  From the eBay auction:

Suzuki OEM Lower Fairing Kit.
Suzuki OEM Solo Seat Tail Section
Hot Bodies Undertail Section w/ Flush Mount LED Turn Signals.
Zero Gravity Smoked Double Bubble Race Screen.
Mirror Extender Blocks.
Dale Walker Holeshot High Mount Stainless Dual Exhaust System.
Vance and Hines Power Commander.
CNC Fabricated Tank Riser Forced Air Kit.
K&N Stage I Air Filter.
COX Racing Radiator Guard (Anodized Blue).
Traxxion Dynamics Road Raced Tuned Forks
Penske Triple Clicker Rear Shock w/Remote Reservoir.
Extended Dog Bones Ride Height Increased.
Hel Custom Brake/Clutch Lines (Carbon Look w/Blue Anodized Ends).
GPR Steering Stabilizer (Blue Anodized).
Tapered Steering Head Bearings.
CFM Woodcraft Road Racing Rear Sets w/Brake Light Switch Option.
Delran Frame / Swingarm Slider Stand Spools.
R&G Axle Sliders.
EBC Carbon Fiber Road and Race Clutch Kit.
Pazzo Adjustable Levers (Anodized Blue).
SBS Brake Pads.
Vortex Rear Sprocket.
Carbon Fiber Gauge, Triple Tree, License Plate, and Gas Cap Covers.
ProBolt and TiForce Titanium Hardware Throughout (Anodized Blue)
Brand New Dunlop Q3 Tires.
Brand New Maintenance Free Sealed Battery w/ Battery Charger Quick Connect.

The SV1000S could only long for the success of the jack-of-all-trades SV650, and though Suzuki could have presented a model as exciting as this owner’s, the cost probably wouldn’t have helped matters.  As offered, the bottom line is a little more than the usual 15 year-old Suzuki, but the new owner of this SV will have a basically new bike, itself a comprehensive update to the TL1000S, professionally updated in every important way.  It’s also one of a very few monoposto SV’s with full bodywork, its angular complexities downplayed by the dark blue color.



  • Man, have we really gotten to the point of 2004 introductory bikes being ‘rare sport bikes’? One would think a Ducati 999 (non-S or R) would be more ‘rare’ than a SV. Basically a cheap learners bike with a liter motor. Next stop, the Ninja 300 Winter Test edition! I realize we are rolling into the 90’s but not sure we are this far…

    • A 1000cc bike is “introductory”? I do understand what you’re saying, but at this point nice surviving examples of relatively common bikes can be considered “rare.” Most people don’t complain when we post a nice Slingshot GSX-R. Maybe too soon for this generation SV? I think in this case, Donn just wanted to mix things up a bit: I love Ducatis as much as the next guy, but they do get a bit boring to write about after a while…

  • What are those odd looking flanges (?) in the exhaust right by the swingarm?

  • Exhaust flanges mount up to stock Suzuki flanges- it’s a slip on system, not a full exhaust. Same type of canister exhaust mounts as the GSXR’s of 1996-2004.

  • Regardless, a very nice big twin.

  • perhaps not the sportiest, and maybe not limited production for all the right reasons, but unusual and in special shape… 🙂

  • Man, a tad overboard on all the chingaderas!!! Should have spent more time riding it and less fussing after what blue aftermarket parts could be found. My ‘03 SVS provided 72,000 miles worth of smiles. Perhaps the most under appreciated bike ever!! They are awesome road trip bikes!!

  • I’ve never seen one done up like that. Wouldn’t kick that out of the garage, Very nice!

  • Wow, an all time low for the site. Gaudy. This is what I’d picture if Pep Boys had “bike only” stores.

    • “An all time low for the site”? Really? Hold my beer…

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