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Suzuki V-Strom 650 unveiled at Auto Expo 2018. The new Suzuki V-Strom 650 is a near full-size adventure tourer and is available in two variants: standard 650 and 650 XT. The adventure motorcycle is a popular model in the global market and Suzuki is looking to achieve the same with the V-Strom 650 in India. While Suzuki has not revealed when the V-Strom 650 will go on sale in India, we expect the brand to launch the bike by the end of 2018.
The V-Strom shares the same engine as the SV650 but is tuned to offer better performance for an adventure motorcycle. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is powered by a 645cc V-Twin engine which produces 70bhp @ 8,800rpm and 62.3Nm of torque @ 6,500rpm. The unit is paired with a 6-speed gearbox, tuned for long-distance comfort.
Suspension duties are carried out by a 43mm telescopic forks at the front that offers 150mm of travel, while the rear gets a mono-shock with adjustable preload and rebound. As for the braking duties, at the front is a 310mm disc brake and the at the rear is a 260mm disc assisted by ABS.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 sits on a twin-spar alloy frame to aid its off-road capabilities. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 comes with 110/80 R19 (front) and 150/70 R17 (rear) tyres. While the standard 650 gets alloy wheels, the XT version gets anodised wire-spoke rims shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tyres, with an enduro-style tread.
As for the equipment level, the V-Strom features three-way height adjustable windscreen, a 3-stage traction control system, Suzuki's useful Easy Start System and also a digi-analogue instrument cluster borrowed from the V-Strom 1000.
Thoughts About The Suzuki V-Strom 650
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 has been showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 to gauge the response of customers in India. Suzuki will then take a call if it would launch the adventure motorcycle in India. Upon launch, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 will rival the Kawasaki Versys 650 in India. The price of the Suzuki V-Strom is expected to be in the range of Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh ex-showroom.