2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Review- Suzuki V-Strom 650 First Ride

24 Апр 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Review- Suzuki V-Strom 650 First Ride отключены
Suzuki AN 650

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS – Ride Middleweight Twin-Cylinder Refined.

When Suzuki to the U.S. market in 2011 a one-year hiatus with a but strong model line, the 650 ABS was once again among its sellers. So, it’s no surprise this asphalt-oriented, middleweight adventure-tourer has been updated and for 2012.

Suzuki’s market shows that 97 percent of never leave the tarmac. So, focused on making the V-Strom an better streetbike, thus clear of comparisons with the off-road-capable BMW F800GS and Triumph 800XC. Changes were based largely on feedback European consumers, with the being better performance, comfort, improved versatility and modern styling.

Split, provided the backdrop for the international launch of the V-Strom 650 ABS. mountainous area bordering the Sea provided a wide variety of roads—from wide-open autostrada to alpine-like passes and even a stretch of dirt—for sampling new Suzuki.

My first stint was on a bike the entire V-Strom accessory thrown at it: molded-plastic sidecases and top (aluminum versions are also GPS (not available in U.S.), handgrips, crash-protection bars, lower cowling (not a 12-volt accessory socket, and a windshield-mounted air deflector.

As we made our way out of I thought about the ergonomic Suzuki has made to the bike. At a 32.9 inches, the thickly saddle is more than a taller than before offers 20mm-lower and -higher seats, as well). But because the of the seat has been reshaped, with my 32-inch inseam, I had no getting both boots planted on the ground at stops.

The position provides a relaxed at the knees, while the interface the 5.3-gallon fuel tank is better than on the previous I was very comfortable, even a long day of riding.

Buffeting has been a common among V-Strom owners. The windscreen has three settings; the position of the screen requires four Allen-head bolts. I the standard middle location and the and 8mm-more-rearward position. The third drops the screen 18mm and it 18mm farther forward.

settings that I tested good vision and minimal even at a sustained 100-plus mph wearing a Shoei Hornet DS with its large, motocross-style Taller riders will prefer the highest setting. can also purchase optional mirror stalks.

Another key is the new instrument cluster and dash. An analog tachometer is accompanied by an LCD that shows road trip length, overall traveled, fuel level, position, fuel consumed with average fuel and ambient temperature. A “Road warning light completes the

The updated engine is based on the not the SV650. Bore and … the same (81.0 x 62.6mm) as on the bike, but the pistons, rings and profiles are new. The cylinder benefit from Suzuki Electrochemical Material (SCEM) single (rather than valve springs are used, and cylinder is fitted with a of Iridium sparkplugs. Aided by a new ECU, twin Suzuki Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle bodies handle

Suzuki claims 10-percent fuel economy. A liquid-cooled housing helps the engine run

It’s been a while I last rode a V-Strom so I can’t make a direct comparison with the previous I was, however, impressed by the of the updated engine. Power is off the bottom but really peps up in the

Revving the engine deep upper digits provides a drive but isn’t always strong torque through the of the power curve pushes the along nicely. The six-speed shifts smoothly and gearing is

Suzuki AN 650

Even when I was winding my way up roads strewn with hairpin corners, second and even third gear good exit drives the need to drop down to Fueling was quite good in situation I encountered, even I had selected a taller ratio and the was spinning far down in its rpm range. this engine suits the well, offering good and plenty of V-Twin character,

Endless twisties seemed a blessing until I realized about half of them either splattered with or the asphalt itself was mixed limestone. Either way, was rarely ideal. But these are the type of conditions in which the is at ease. The wide handlebar and seating position gave me to pitch the bike into knowing that I still had a chance even if the 19-inch and 17-inch rear Bridgestone Wings lost traction.

is low-effort, yet stability is quite Suzuki claims the 2012 weighs 13 pounds less the current model, which handling, as well.

Suspension adjustments are limited to preload on the conventional fork, and and rebound damping on the shock. after hitting the curves on the accessorized V-Strom, I pulled off the and maxed out the preload on the shock the big, easy-to-reach knob and was with the bike’s performance. goes for the stocker that I later in the day.

I also a short dirt section. anything more than would have totally the bike. The header pipe for the cylinder as well as the oil cooler and are completely unprotected from and other obstacles (Suzuki a real skidplate is in the works).

The aluminum wheels are also not for off-roading, and the new Bosch ABS system be switched off.

Complaints at the accessories include the width of the sidecases, which stick out at 3 inches farther than the of the handlebar. Lane-splitting and maneuvering in quarters, such as gas stations, attention and planning.

Bottom line, if you’re for a street-oriented adventure-tourer, the V-Strom 650 ABS be on your short list. middleweight V-Twin comes in either Metallic Fox Orange or Sparkle Black (white in the accompanying photos is for Europe is a solid, all-around performer if absolutely necessary, can be pressed dirt duty. U.S. has not yet been announced.

Suzuki AN 650
Suzuki AN 650


Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Suzuki":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.