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Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki is planning to launch a new adventure motorcycle, the V-Strom 650 in the Indian market
Suzuki aims to price the V-Strom 650 competitively in the country, to achieve that the motorcycle will be locally-assembled in India. ET Auto reports that the V-Strom 650 will come to India through CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and will be assembled at the Manesar plant.
MD of Suzuki Motorcycles India, Satoshi Uchida stated that the company would introduce a new motorcycle in the 650cc segment. He also said that the motorcycle will be introduced through CKD route and will be assembled in India. Suzuki also assembles the Hayabusa in India and it has reduced the price of the motorcycle in the country.
The imported unit of the Suzuki Hayabusa was priced at Rs 16 lakh, and after the CKD assembly began in India, the price dropped to Rs 13.88 lakh. The locally-assembled V-Strom is likely to carry a price tag of around Rs 6.5 lakh and will lock horns with the Kawasaki 650, the most affordable adventure motorcycle in India.
The Suzuki V-Strom draws power from a 650cc V-twin engine producing 66bhp and 60.3Nm of torque. The engine also features twin overhead camshafts, electronic fuel injection and liquid-cooling.
The kerb weight of the V-Strom 650 stands at 220kg which makes it a light and agile motorcycle. Inline twin-cylinder engine powers the Kawasaki Versys and the V-twin engine of the V-Strom will have the lower grunt, and the low-end torque is a must for an adventure motorcycle.
On the design front, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 features a large fairing with a windscreen to deflect windblast during highway runs. The motorcycle also gets adjustable long-travel suspension to tackle rough terrains. The motorcycle is equipped with disc brakes at both the ends with ABS. The motorcycle also features electronic aids such as riding modes and traction control.
The adventure touring motorcycle segment is rapidly growing in the Indian market. Sensing this Suzuki has planned to introduce the V-Strom 650 in the country which will take on the likes of Kawasaki Versys 650, the sole player in the segment. The motorcycle will be locally-assembled, and it translates to an affordable price tag which is a good news for motorcycle enthusiasts in India.
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