The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is the latest incarnation of a very popular adventure bike that offers versatility, reliability and great value for money.
Especially suitable for taller riders, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 combines a powerful engine and comfortable upright seating position with an off-road chassis and high ground clearance.
The V-Strom also comes equipped with touring features like windshield, hard panniers, locking side bags and a center stand.
The engine is a liquid-cooled, 645cc, DOHC twin-cylinder unit with 4 valves per cylinder. It produces 67 horsepower at 8500rpm and 60lb/ft. of torque at 7000rpm.
The engine features Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve system for better response and less throttle lag when shifting from closed to open throttle. It also has an Idle Speed Compensator that controls idle speed during gear changes, so you don’t have to use the clutch while riding off-road.
It also comes equipped with DFI (Digital Fuel Injection), which optimizes fuel injection according to different conditions and reduces exhaust emissions.
The Transmission and Performance
Finally, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 has a six-speed constant mesh transmission that’s designed for durability and reliability. It also comes equipped with Assist and Slipper Clutch.
In terms of performance, the V-Strom 650 is more powerful than its closest competitors (the BMW F800GS or Triumph Tiger 800 XC) but doesn’t quite match them in outright acceleration or top speed.
However, as far as off-road goes, it does offer better low-end torque, which means that you’ll be able to tackle different types of terrain more easily and climb steeper inclines.
The suspension is adjustable, giving you even greater control over how the bike handles both paved roads and dirt tracks.
The V-Strom 650 is also a very stable bike and handles well even at high speeds, while the seat height is more than adequate to enable taller riders to reach the ground with both feet easily.
If you’re looking for an affordable ADV bike that combines versatility, performance and good value for money, then we recommend taking a look at Suzuki’s V-Strom 650.