Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT the beast is out!
The Suzuki V-Strom series of motorcycles are the adventure-touring motorcycles from Hamamatsu. The 650 is the middleweight product and sits below the V-Strom 1000. It has both a tarmac-biased version and an off-road capable one called the XT.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 will be the next adventure-tourer to be launched in India, and it’s expected to be priced at 7.5 lakh. dealers have started accepting bookings for the V-Strom 650 for an amount of ₹ 50,000. Sources in Suzuki have confirmed that the V-Strom 650 will indeed be the next motorcycle launch from the Japanese manufacturer.
Design & Features
The first suspect is the V-Strom’s aluminum twin-spar frame, which keeps the bike pleasantly slim; no fat-shaming here, but some adventure motorcycles can get needlessly taxing due to their dimensions. Suzuki claims the frame keeps matters light, but what I can vouch for is the manner in which it keeps things agile and entertaining, without being too sportbike-y. The 216kg motorcycle is the same as the Versys 650, but its wheelbase is well over 100mm longer.
That, combined with the V-Strom’s less sophisticated telescopic fork means there’s an understandable lack of electric responses in the twisty bits, but it doesn’t quite qualify as lethargy. In other words, you can still have a lot of fun with the V-Strom on tarmac, but it comes with a fairly rational limit.
The XT adds spoke rims, hand guards and an engine bash plate. The V-Strom 650 has ABS and traction control as standard. The engine is a liquid-cooled V-twin that displaces 650cc and has extremely accessible torque. Figures lie at 645cc, two cylinders, and 71bhp/62Nm. The V-Strom XT is the only middleweight adventure tourer in its price range that offers traction control.
The V-Strom 650 will be assembled in India from completely knocked down kits, and is powered by a 645 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, v-twin engine which makes around 70 bhp of power at 8,800 rpm, and 66 Nm of peak torque.
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