2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650 — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki DL 650

2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

The Within the Beast

Despite a face only a mother love, Yoko Ono was able to one of the late-’60s most desirable Beatle John Lennon. there was more to her than the offended eye.

And so it is with the new DL650 V-Strom. a wonderfully bike that might be because of an appearance that be diplomatically termed as funky. So we ask you to the superficial, as Lennon did, and this piece a chance.

were mixed as I set off across the desert toward Indian for the press introduction of the baby We were already converts to the of the SV650’s 645cc 90-degree the powerplant loaned to the new DL, so we expected things there. But, we how could this pseudo bike possibly be as good a as the SV, a perennial winner in the smile-per-mile

As we set off on a clear but cool desert I wasn’t the only one among the press to be grateful for the extra protection afforded by the effective as we streaked down I-10 the east entrance to Joshua National Park. New to the DL line in (yes, the 1000, too) is a windscreen. Airflow was directed barely over the helmet on my body with the screen in its position.

Taller riders bothered by buffeting, but had their addressed by moving the screen to its position, a process that about five minutes and the screen in a more upright At lower speeds, oncoming air deflected up and around a rider’s resulting in faceshield-open riding a viable option.

After a day in the saddle of the DL650 we came away gushing it.

What was expected to be a miserable in the cold turned out to be entirely on the DL. Surrounded by a cocoon of fairly air that almost makes ear optional, the caffeine-addled mind chill out and switch to other Hey, did they pave the overnight?

This thing is both the willing engine the legs and the supple suspension seems to zap bumps from its With an additional 0.8-inch of up front and 0.3-inch extra out as compared to the SV, the DL soaked up uneven that would make a wince on most other aided by tall-profile semi-dual-purpose

An indicated 80-mph cruise saw the spinning up at 5900 rpm, a that Suzuki added teeth to the DL’s rear to give it the added snap to compare with the 41-lb. SV650S. Suzuki says the DL has 5% more midrange power the SV thanks to a smaller airbox, cams and muffler, though didn’t mention how peak was affected. The changes all seems to well together and, the lower gearing, the V-Strom is to top 125 mph with the speedo needle rising. or so we heard.

In addition to the windscreen, the V-Strom 650 brings a new instrument panel to the DL line. dual analog dials up easily assimilated speed and rev while a center LCD panel has the desirable to the adventure-touring rider, as dual tripmeters, a clock, and and coolant temperature gauges. A 5.8-gallon tank will you 200 miles between fill-ups.

Joshua Tree, for those who been there, isn’t typical National Park. rock formations sprouting out of the are as prevalent as the sparse vegetation, and the road takes a meandering through the arid desolation.

its gangly appearance, the V-Strom can quick work of the twisty

In this environment, it becomes that the DL is no SV. Less aggressive geometry and a tall 19-inch wheel slows steering somewhat. Turn-in takes muscle than the standard SV initially at least, the bike too tall to be a serious corner

But once acclimated, the DL proves to be fun to around, aided by the leverage by the tall and wide handlebar puts a rider in a perfectly riding position to enable draining before needing a

Ergos are nearly identical to the DL, just about perfect for the mission, with wrists taking a small amount of It’s all-day comfy. The change from the big DL is a different

At a reasonable 32.3 inches, the is 20mm lower and has diagonal at its side edges that shorter legs to have a shot at the ground, giving and the vertically challenged more during low-speed maneuvering. so, the six-plus-footers on our trip reported is ample legroom.

Although the isn’t as nimble as the high and bars suggest, it can be hustled twisties at a quick rate. It slower than the SV in part of the tall front wheel/tire, but because it shares the frame, wheels and brakes with the DL. Still, the little V-Strom is said to be 40 lighter, due mostly to the smaller and to a less robust swingarm.

The 43mm fork is outwardly to the big V-Strom, but it doesn’t have the more advanced cartridge Laid at a 26-degree rake for the 1000; 25.0 on the SV650), the fork has provisions only for adjustment. Preload on the rear can be dialed in hydraulically with a knurled knob below the just like a BMW; damping is also adjustable.

the V-Strom 650, a rider’s could be just about

While the supple suspension an admirable job of eliminating bumps, making Botts Dots it does show its price-point with its harshness when sharp bumps. Scrubbing over small, repetitive induce a chatter condition, and the fork springs allow a bit of front-end dive when

But if you wanted a GSX-R, or an SV for that you wouldn’t be considering a DL. Not only is the way more comfortable, but it also has the to take you places where the would fear to tread. Suzuki says the V-Strom really meant to go off road, we resist testing its capabilities and of its Trail Wing ‘Stones.

a 417-lb. claimed dry weight and rubber, the 650 isn’t gonna win enduros, but it actually takes to conditions fairly well. off the beaten path and into a of unpaved campground areas the V-Strom can be slid and tossed in ways that would a Ducati 999 rider spill his inside his Daineses. A bountiful 40 of steering lock lets the DL in tight spaces, whether a course around a boulder or an

Later on we were forced to several miles on a gravel that was under construction, and the relaxed fork angle and a generous 110mm of trail the Swiss Army Bike on its path even if the feedback the soft surface indicated

Suzuki DL 650

Taking the SV650’s sweet and tucking it into the DL1000’s proves to be a good concoction.

the V-Strom’s low-traction performance is its throttle take-up, with of the abruptness endemic to many bikes. Suzuki’s Dual Valve (SDTV) uses a to control the throttle body’s butterfly in relation to engine and throttle position, giving the responses a rider expects. helping the DL mete out power is a starter clutch that weight to the engine’s rotational

The V-Twin engine, as all 90-degree has perfect primary balance, a DL rider can feel a hint of vibes at 6000 rpm. this engine is super-smooth, more so than its big brother.

The like in the SV, is a real gem, but pilots might become with it. There is no real hit in its meaning there’s power it needs to be summoned, which is But step off an SV and onto a DL, and you’ll a less enthusiastic rush to the redline.

On the plus side, Suzuki has again done a magnificent job a gearbox, with smooth but cog swapping and easily accomplished We liked the high-mount muffler tucks in nicely, though we less impressed with the exhaust note for a V-Twin easily preferable to Yoko’s California bikes receive a to reduce emissions, and that aluminum-looking exhaust shield is plastic.

An adjustable brake lets even small get good purchase to aid the 2-piston, calipers and 310mm front in hauling the DL down from they are not supersport-spec, but they are powerful for the V-Strom’s mission. Out a single piston caliper on a large 260mm disc, but it numb and weak. If the brakes get you slowed in time, the effective mirrors will offer a view of the Highway Patrol up behind you.

The black looks like it was plucked the set of Road Warrior.

Suzuki’s for the DL line was to create a Sport Tourer, and the V-Strom 650 gets top for living up to the monicker. In combining the motor with the DL1000 Suzuki has built its parts bin into a bike that a new market segment.

It has the power and to dust a BMW F650, and it offers comfort and wind protection the SV650/S, Honda 599 and Triumph Four. Its closest competitor is Yamaha’s buzzier but faster which shares a similar position, fairing coverage and tag. The FZ is definitely faster in a line, but its R6-based engine as adept as the smooth and torquey Twin.

And with its standard luggage and optional hard luggage, the is much more the SUV as opposed to the sports coupe. In a way, the is the Honda VFR of the adventure-touring segment, versatility, a sporting nature and smoothness.

As the day’s light into the horizon on the way back to the and the subtly attractive orange of the instruments matched the color of the sun, it was hard to imagine machine with a competitive ratio. At $6599 in blue or the new V-Strom is sure to attract the of guys who prefer smart and a bit homely, women over attractive but temperamental ones.

You tell what the DL looks from on top, and perhaps felt the same about

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