We thought it was time to review the brilliant Suzuki V-Strom 650, revised with new styling, comfort and more... Test: Jeff Ware Photography: Kris Hodgson & Heather Ware

Suzuki released a hit back in 2004 with the V-Strom 650. After some revisions in 2011 ensured the bike remained top of class, 2017 has seen further refinements to this all-round favourite…

The V-Strom 650XT ABS and 650 ABS have had a complete styling change along the mighty DR-Z Big look as well as having revised ergonomics with a slimmer seat and comfy riding position.

The V-Strom 650XT handles fast country roads superbly and can be a really fun bike to scratch on.

The V-Strom 650XT handles fast country roads superbly and can be a really fun bike to scratch on.

The 90º 645cc L-twin engine now meets Euro4 and has over 60 revisions, including a small increase in power and torque, resin coated pistons, new EX camshaft, larger valves both IN and EX, shot-peened conrods, 10-hole injectors and more.

 

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The new DR Big inspired styling gives the 650 a more modern look. The chassis and engine have also been refined with over 60 engine changes, traction control and a new LCD dash some of the highlights.

The new DR Big inspired styling gives the 650 a more modern look. The chassis and engine have also been refined with over 60 engine changes, traction control and a new LCD dash some of the highlights.

The 650 also now has traction control, easy start system, low rpm assist, a 1kg weight reduction, a 12V DC outlet, LCD dash, vertically stacked headlights and LED taillights. Overall a good update for a fantastic bike that seems built for Australian conditions.

Off road the 650XT is a blast, soaking up dirt road and trails with ease. Fast dirt roads are a blast!

Off road the 650XT is a blast, soaking up dirt road and trails with ease. Fast dirt roads are a blast!

There is also a LAMS approved standard and XT version you can find out info on here. Or check out the range of accessories for the V-Strom 650 ABS and XT ABS here.

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Switching the TC off allows rear wheel steering on the dirt and the 650 has plenty of mumbo to do so.

Switching the TC off allows rear wheel steering on the dirt and the 650 has plenty of mumbo to do so.

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS Specifications

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Price: $11,990 + ORC

Claimed Power: 52kW[71hp]@8800rpm
Claimed Torque: 62Nm@6500rpm

Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve per-cylinder 90º L-twin, bore x stroke 81.0mm x 62.6mm, 645cc, 11.2:1 compression, Euro 4 compliant.

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wet Weight: 216 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 litres

Frame – Twin spar alloy, alloy swingarm

Suspension: 43mm conventional forks, 150mm travel, preload adjustable by hand shock, N/A travel

Brakes: Two-piston front calipers, 310mm rotors, single piston caliper, 260mm rotor, ABS.

Wheels & Tyres: Spoked wheels, 110/80-19 (f), 150/70-17 (r) Bridgestone Battlax ADV

DIMENSIONS
Seat Height: 830mm
Height (Without Mirrors): 1405mm
Rake: 26 degrees
Trail: 110mm
Length: 2275mm
Wheelbase: 1560mm

Instruments: LCD Dash

Colours: Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Glacier White, Champion Yellow

 

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