2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Review: First Ride [Video] —

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Hot off the 2011 V-Strom 650 ABS press parked in my garage, certain were immediately obvious boarding the 2012 Strom, the being new suspension settings. coming from the factory more preload applied, the fork is otherwise unchanged. The shock, however, boasts an spring rate.

The changes may not like much, but the better-suspended exhibits improved handling quick transitions between corners or when tackling off-road obstacles. There’s less forward and aft pitch braking and accelerating aggressively. settings for both front and suspension components can be adjusted, the with an easily located dial beneath the seat on the side of the bike.

Suzuki differentiated the Gladius-sourced engine in the by revising intake camshafts. version of the Gladius engine boasts new pistons, rings and (with Suzuki Composite Material plating), and two iridium plugs each, and single of double valve springs — all to reduce frictional loss and fuel efficiency by a claimed


Suzuki asserts the modifications in modest torque advantages on the low end of the rev and a few more peak ponies on the end. I noticed during our that an indicated 70 mph has the 645cc spinning at 5,000rpm, right in the of its improved torque curve is very useful when off-road or when needing to four-wheel cagers. Aggressive riders will gladly use of the extra horsepower, keeping the spinning between 6,000 rpm and its redline.

The 15mm higher seat height (32.9”) of the Strom may be discouraging to short but the new 650 Strom features a narrower design. Suzuki claims the width retains an almost reach for planting feet on the While I have no problem the Strom, the seat-to-footpeg distance somewhat cramped and I quickly the stock seat for the optional seat and its increase of 20mm, the seat to 33.6 inches.

Still able to comfortably terra firma, the taller lessened the amount of knee-bend, freeway distance riding tolerable. For riders with inseam, there’s also a low that reduces seat by 20mm to 32.1 inches. A of seat heights is nice, but I’d one seat that includes height adjustments like 800 Tigers.

All three seats a new, non-slip covering and embossing comparable to a quality product.

Also adjustable is the V-Strom’s windscreen. Unlike the windscreen on Kawaski’s Z1000, the requires the removal of four repositioning the screen and re-torquing the Not a necessarily complicated process, — including higher and lower patterns isn’t a modern — but it’s better than no adjustability at all.

I rode mostly behind the Vario Touring Windscreen and if long-distance wind comfort is a of yours’, I’d recommend considering screen. Not sure if it was due to the 7-way spoiler, but this screen reduces air-pressure without abnormal helmet buffeting.

In to the optional seats and touring Suzuki focused on improving and the available accessories for the 650 Strom hand guards, heated crash guards, power a centerstand and two different luggage Improving on the previous model’s system shouldn’t have difficult and I can report the new system past issues.

The Touring cases and top box are constructed of a composite with exterior latches and (the previous luggage’s was Mounting brackets, while Set in nature, provide a more fit to the bike and, more solidly and easily mounts the cases. The same cannot be about the top box.

Riding sans earplugs a Blue Ridge fire the jangling from the loosely top box was made obvious. Otherwise, the new system is a big improvement over the design.

Suzuki AN 650

Another luggage exists in the form of aluminum More rugged than its material counterpart, the aluminum and top box also feature exterior and locks, and use the same mounting only the mounting plates are to luggage type. Like the bags, the aluminum cases and top box firmly to the bike, but some of the were loose fitting rattled and raised some concerns.

The aluminum side come standard on the new V-Strom 650 ABS model (top box is optional). only in black, the V-Strom 650 ABS also comes equipped the touring windscreen and crash for a retail price of $9800. the standard 650 ABS Strom does not any accessories for a retail price less than the Adventure $8300.

Both models are equipped a lighter version of the previous ABS. Both also a restyled look that better air-flow — the combination of fender and radiator shrouds to increase cooling capacity also directing hot air away a rider’s feet.

In the rider Suzuki redesigned the Strom’s to include a digital speedometer and tach. New information includes a indicator, ambient air temperature and the is adjustable for brightness. When the air temperature reaches 32 degrees a road warning indicator

The new gauge layout is practical and to read and an improvement over the model’s dual analog

Availability begins this with Adventure models dealer showroom floors by the end of Standard V-Strom 650 ABS models shortly behind coming to American dealers in January,

For $8300, the standard V-Strom 650 is a deal, especially being with ABS. Considering managed to retain the qualities have made the mid-displacement a hit among motorcyclists while its shortcomings and improving the design maintain the model’s popularity. The period for an improved Strom has much longer than the iPhone upgrade, but like the gadget, the revised Strom was the wait.

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