Suzuki V-Strom 650 (DL650)
- Good all-rounder
- Tools needed to adjust the screen
It's powered by a Euro 4 compliant liquid cooled 645cc two cylinder 90° V-Twin engine, producing 70bhp at 8,800rpm and maximum torque at 6,500rpm. RRP is £7,400.
- Aluminium twin spar frame and swingarm
- Dual 310mm discs up front with Tokico 2 piston calipers
- 260mm disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
- Traction control with two modes and off
- Low rpm assist (like the GSX-S750)
- Easy start system
- Gear position indicator
- LED tail light
- 6 speed gearbox
Compared to the 2012-2016 model power and torque are up slightly, it now looks more like the V-Strom DL1000, weight is down and traction control has been added. The new exhaust helps with emissions while also lowering the centre of gravity for better handling.
Elsewhere the wheels are now a lighter ten spoke design, the screen is 9mm higher with an improved shape and it can still be adjusted over three positions via the screws. There's also a new 12V socket under the dash and a more comfortable seat.
The bike features quite a bit of tech, notably the easy start system which lets you quickly press and release the start switch while the bike takes care of the startup procedure. Then the low rpm assist keeps the engine ticking over smoothly for you, then lets you start pulling away with just the clutch.
As before the 650XT is more expensive and 3kg heavier, but gets you the wire spoked wheels, belly pan and handguards.
For an extra £1,200 the Adventure Pack gets you engine bars, lower cowl, hand guards, centre stand, 55 litre top box and 15 litre tank bag.
Accessories include belly pan, handguards, panniers, 35 litre/55 litre topbox, heated grips, touring screen with adjustable spoiler, centre stand, chain guard, LED fog lamps, LED indicators and low/high seat.
The cast Aluminium 19" front wheel takes a 110/80 tyre and the rear 17" a 150/70, while the tyres are now Battlax Adventure A40s.
Colours: Black, white, yellow
2017: £1000 GT pack includes the 35 litre top box and panniers.
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