Adventure motorcycles are the point of interest and the smaller displacement bikes are the one manufacturers are betting on. The latest by Suzuki that has made a debut at 2016 EICMA is the DL250 V-Strom.
Suzuki has literally shrunk its flagship adventure tourer model into a smaller, quarter-litre package with the V-Strom 250, sharing some of the Inazuma's parts with the motorcycle.
The V-Strom 250 borrows the engine, a 248cc parallel twin-cylinder motor from the Inazuma that makes 24.7bhp, mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The design language is borrowed from Suzuki's litre-class tourer, the V-Strom. The 250 sports a windscreen and the chassis doubles up as mounts for panniers that can be bought as accessories.
True to the V-Strom 250's touring style, the motorcycle features a 17-litre petrol tank that gives a range of around 500km, cutting down on fuel stops. Comfortable seats and wide bars add to the comfort factor.
Suspension duty in the front is taken care of by regular forks (not inverted) and a monoshock takes care of the rear. The Suzuki V-Strom 250 features an LCD monitor in place of the instrument console and ABS comes standard.
The quarter-litre V-Strom will make its European debut in 2017, and when launched, will compete with the BMW G 310 GS and the Kawasaki Versys 250. Coming to the bad news bit, Suzuki has no plans of launching the motorcycle in India, at least for now.