2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS First Look Rider Magazine Reviews

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Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition

First Look: 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS

Rider Magazine

8, 2011

In addition to the end of the Mayan (and perhaps the end of the world?), marks the tenth anniversary of the V-Strom 1000, a V-twin tourer that was Rider ‘s Motorcycle of the Year. Two years Suzuki released the V-Strom 650 . the same motorcycle with a engine, the 645cc V-twin the popular SV650. Affectionately the Wee Strom, the V-Strom 650 made power but felt better and more nimble.

Other than adding ABS as an option, later as standard dual-spark plugs and a slightly swingarm in 2007, the V-Strom changed much. With the 1000 cut from its 2011 Suzuki has put all its adventure-touring eggs in the 650 basket, with a much makeover for 2012.

Development on giving the V-Strom 650 a more look and improving comfort, smoothness and fuel efficiency. It has rugged black plastic and painted surfaces, with a fairing said to provide wind protection and pull engine heat away the rider. The angle of the adjustable was changed to reduce turbulence.

The seat is 0.6-inch higher but has reshaped to make it easier to the ground, and optional 0.8-inch or lower seats will be A more slender fuel has less capacity–5.3 gallons of 5.8 (down 9 percent)—but Suzuki changes to the engine boost efficiency by 10 percent. The rear is now made of resin instead of to save weight, and large passenger grab handles are

A new instrument panel should be to read and is more feature-rich, gear position, road-freeze and fuel consumption.

Bore x (81.0 x 62.6mm) are unchanged, but the liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree gets new pistons, rings and cylinders as well as a modified cam and redesigned crankshaft for better low to torque. The clutch and transmission revised to make gear quieter and easier.

Operating efficiency has been by using lighter valve iridium spark plugs, a new ECU a 32-bit processor and oxygen revised fuel injection and maps, and a new, patented Integrated Idle Speed (TI-ISC) system. Changing an air-cooled to liquid-cooled oil cooler mitigate heat, and cooling is further enhanced by plates the headlights that direct toward the radiator.

The V-Strom’s and swingarm are unchanged, and few changes been made to the suspension, and wheels. Travel for the rear has been increased from 5.9 to 6.3 and the upper fork bracket has redesigned. A new lightweight ABS system nearly two pounds, contributing to a 472-pound curb weight is 13 pounds less than the model.

The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS be available in Metallic Fox Orange or Glass Sparkle Black, and is in dealerships by November. Price is

Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition
Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition
Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition
Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition
Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition
Suzuki DL 650 ABS Xpedition

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