The Suzuki SV650 has legions of fans for its approachability, friendliness, and ease of operation. It's a formula that endeared itself to riders just starting out on motorcycles, experienced riders, club racers, and those who fall in between those segments. Out of all those riders, no one has fallen in love with the SV650's looks.

It's never been an ugly motorcycle, just a practical, honest standard. Suzuki set to change that by giving the SV650 a neo-retro makeover. With a headlight cowl, new seat, revised colorways, bodywork, and clip-ons, Suzuki transformed the SV in the same way movie montages turn geeks into high-school heroes. Kind of. The new bike was christened SV650X.

2019 SV650X
Revisions to the 2019 SV650X include a new colorway, a brown leather seat and a four-piston Tokico front brake caliperCourtesy of Suzuki

Debuting at EICMA in 2017, the SV650X was hardly due for an update, but Suzuki made a few minor but welcome revisions. There's a new four-piston Tokico front brake caliper, new brown leather seat, and a new colorway. The basis of the bike is unchanged.

The engine, chassis, suspension, and affable performance are still the same as the SV650 it's based on.

With this year's Intermot, the cycle of retro cafe racer is complete. Nearly every single OEM in the United States has an offering that references the past. Only KTM, Alta, Aprilia, Beta, GasGas, Zero, Hyosung, Can-Am, and Polaris Slingshot do not have something that is designed to tingle the feelings of yesteryear. However, only one brand stands as of this year's Intermot with two generations of retro offerings. Suzuki.

Yes, with the debut of the 2020 Katana and, now, the refreshed SV650X, you can choose which generation of motorcycle you'd like to ride. It's '60s inspired versus 1981. Back to the future indeed.