The V-Strom 650 has been the biggest seller in its market segment across the globe since its introduction in 2004, and for 2017 the new model gets more power, less weight, and traction control, while conforming to new Euro 4 emissions regulations.
Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin engine has become widely regarded as one of the best motorcycle engines of its generation, and in the 2017 V-Strom 650 it gets more power and torque, increasing its output to 70PS at 8,800rpm and 62Nm or torque at 6,500rpm.
A new exhaust also boosts power and torque, while saving weight and aiding in a lower centre of gravity.
New on both variants is Suzuki’s low-rpm assist system, which automatically raises engine speed when pulling away, and the new easy-start system first seen on the GSX-S1000 range, as well as the addition of a two-mode traction control system, that can be turned off.
The V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT have both been completely restyled, with a design more akin to the bigger V-Strom 1000.
The XT model boasts more equipment as standard over the V-Strom 650, giving it more off-road intent out of the crate. Wire-spoke wheels provide better absorption on uneven surfaces, while a lower cowling offers additional protection. Hand guards help shield the rider from low-hanging branches or stones and debris caused by a rider in front.
A comprehensive accessories catalogue for both models of the V-Strom 650 will be available, and includes items such as integrated luggage, a centre-stand, touring screen, and heated grips.
The V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT are expected in UK dealerships early 2017.
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