2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

Suzuki has a stout following as for its Wee-Strom. See why in the 2012 Suzuki 650 ABS Comparison Video .

The V-Strom outpaces its single-cylinder competitors a healthy 64.43 horsepower comes at 9000 rpm, 700 before the rev limiter kicks in. fueling from the EFI allows the to dial in exactly how much need. The power pulls way down in the rpm all the way to redline with torque (42.7 lb-ft) at 6600 rpm.

The torque is virtually flat, refusing to off until the it nears the 8000 rpm This spread of torque is for street and dirt use where can shift less often and better use of the wide powerplant.

V-Strom has one amazing motor,” our tour guide. “I cannot find fault it. It pulls smoothly from above idle, is responsive, to rev and makes totally seamless throughout the rev range.”

Madson that up, saying: “The Wee clearly stomps its 650 rivals in the department. Not only is it way more with that extra the V-Twin is smooth and refined the other bikes seem

It was to be a common theme across the when comparing the Suzuki to the bikes. It has a clear advantage in V-Strom engineers have the so dialed it’s easy to it in almost any scenario.

The six-speed operates flawlessly, complementing the and giving the bike much highway manners.

“The has a somewhat narrow clutch notes Dave. “Beyond I think the clutch, gearbox and drive work in perfect with the Strom’s excellent giving the rider total of output and revs for every The V-Strom’s smooth-shifting six-speed is a advantage over the Singles’ refined five-speed trannys.”

The is a great street bike, but handles lightly off-road issue. The V-Twin engine is gold, though it offers an oil filter and exhaust to potential

Rider protection is also a feature with a three-position windscreen. Tall footpegs the ergonomics cramped for taller but it boasts the greatest clearance hustling through twisty Standing is awkward but the seat is and the ergos allow the rider to behind the small cowling.

The handlebars are a long reach for our tall trio of riders, but are narrow, keeping the elbows in and the amount of wind pressure on the Side-to-side transitions are smooth and though it’s noticeably than the other bikes at 472 The 5.3-gallon fuel tank is in the location and with a 50-miles-per-gallon it’s good for about 265

Comfort and stability are excellent a 43mm fork and hand-adjustable Unlike the other bikes we felt the desire to make any The fork is non-adjustable anyway, but and spring rates are fantastic on the and adequate for improved dirt. plenty of feedback through the and chassis, giving the rider confidence in the pavement handling any of the other bikes.

It doesn’t quite as quickly as the Singles, but more predictable and consistent. It planted like nobody’s and is easy to gather up when the makes an error. Part of the stems from an excellent set of

The electronic package is by far the best in and is highlighted by a sweet ABS system. The are powerful and modulate easily in all Dual front rotors are by two-piston calipers while a rear disc handles the end. The ABS is not switchable, but we never the need to disable it in the dirt to its unobtrusive nature.

The Suzuki was everywhere in the dirt except for a few spots where the Trail tires and heavier front end happy. Even still, the were never an issue.

Suzuki has amazing brakes,” our world traveler. “Great totally progressive and powerful the ABS system I’ve felt comfortable with in the dirt. It cuts braking power at the limit of traction and then gives gentle pulsing at the rather than the violent of most systems.”

Standing is awkward with high footpegs.

The digital has plenty of available information is accessed by a left-side handlebar but the tach is analog, which we

“There’s a lot of useful data to particularly the ambient temperature, gauge and gear position says our tech-hungry Managing “I love that can be shuffled around via switchgear button too. The Suzuki can also be adjusted, a nice

Many will argue the V-Strom isn’t a true bike. Granted, it’s the vulnerable and will fare the if it gets dropped. But then many — or even — adventure riders get further away from than an occasional gravel

Even we weren’t sure if the really belonged in this to begin with, but after through forums, fielding from adventure riders and the details of the new Wee-Strom, it’s that the Suzuki is a solid with the two Singles. The engine is exposed with the oil filter off the front and the exhaust header underneath.

This forces extreme around any bigger obstacle, if that’s hopping over curbs. The Suzuki 650 ranks in off-road performance, but takes the top in touring performance.

“Off-road the performs well enough for the adventure touring rider’s OHV journeys well groomed and dirt,” confirms Madson, who the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 First Ride .

“The ultra-smooth motor and chassis and wind protection would it best by miles,” says of the Suzuki’s long-distance comfort. those under 5’10 and 80% street and 20% good dirt, the is a far superior motorcycle,” assures our test rider.

All of our testers happy to give the Suzuki marks. The stellar performance its engine, transmission and brakes it an easy bike to enjoy.

the V-Strom is no trail bike, but the can easily handle moderate It offers a similar type of performance and capability that we from a big adventure machine the rider needs to respect its a bit more than the other But, unlike the big luxo-AT the 650 offers versatile touring in a much more manageable

Our time with the 650 ABS proves it’s a comfortable and pleasant companion. It might not be as good as its competitors, but it makes up for it as the only in this test that comfortably handle two-up Our test riders were to hand out first-place votes for the in multiple categories and the engine put it a notch above in the hard

It’s a winner in our books and on our as well.

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