Video Review: Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS
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 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.
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.
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.
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS Specifications
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
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
Seat Height: 830mm
Height (Without Mirrors): 1405mm
Rake: 26 degrees
Instruments: LCD Dash
Colours: Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Glacier White, Champion Yellow