2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 First Ride

MotoUSA a spin on Suzuki’s redesigned 650. Watch the Wee-Strom in this Suzuki V-Strom 650 .

In an era of 200-horsepower production sportbikes, with traction control and sophisticated electronic wizardry, the everyday motorcycle doesn’t get its due. Not everyone wants, can afford, or handle the pinnacle of performance. Slash 2/3 of the horsepower and it with cheaper but effective and riders more often not are presented with a competent and fun to get along with on the street.

One ride is the new 2012 Suzuki 650.

The V-Strom models generated cult followings their debuts, with the carving out a niche as a versatile This year’s V-Strom 650 a welcome infusion of new blood in the lineup (the larger also returns to the U.S. after a two-year absence). teased its update of the little this summer, with impressions somewhat underwhelming as expected, or at least wanted, a adventure-touring redesign.

It didn’t like much more a cosmetic upgrade at the time, but our man in Europe, Mr. Frank Melling, a glowing first ride of the little Zook. Sure, a V-Strom 1000 owner but his partisan praise whetted the for our own appraisal.

Lucky for us Suzuki inviting MotoUSA to the U.S. launch for a two-day tour in the Ridge Mountains of North and Carolina.

Compared back to with the previous model and clear the 2012 V-Strom 650 got a facelift. The U.S. market gets the special Adventure which comes with the and windscreen, crash guards and

Press photos often do justice to a new model release. is definitely true for the new V-Strom. One back-to-back with the previous and it’s clear this got a significant facelift. The front end is and both the front and rear of the bike have been in for a more compact look.

New bodywork is everywhere, including use of clean-looking black resin throughout the design. Other changes from the bulky include a new windscreen, which three position adjustments requiring riders to break out the Designers also cleaned up the oil cooler on the previous model, the oil filter remains precariously

All told the 2012 model a dramatic improvement when it to styling.

Get behind the controls and the seat still delivers an reach to the ground with its contours. This is despite the seat height of 15mm to suspension adjustments). A high and low option are also available, further raise or lower height 20mm. We prefer the seat option, which as skosh more room to the

Reach to the bars feels and while the 650 isn’t a tiny it remains a good match for the statured. At 6’1” our legs out from the tank, but we felt nonetheless rolling out of Charlotte up to the mountains.

The new instrument console all essential information and in our favorite (top). The latest V-Strom 650 its V-Twin from the Gladius, than the predecessor’s SV650

The brisk morning temperature was on the V-Strom’s redesigned instrument The new control panel displays all the riding information in our favorite a left-side analog tach and digital speedometer. Below the are digital engine temperature and gauges, as well as dual meters, clock and that ambient air temperature reading. can toggle through the information a convenient button on the left

When temperature drops to an … light fires up on the giving riders an extra of caution for icy conditions.

Thankfully, the warning light never on as we climbed into the Blue Mountains. We were a bit chagrined, that the engine heat offer any relief in the morning Excessive heat was a major from owners regarding the Strom, so Suzuki redesigned the

The stylish side exhaust flanking the radiator serve a purpose, channeling hot air away the rider legs quite The whole system has been with the redesigned front also channeling air more onto the radiator.

While sheet may look almost to the 2011 model, the Wee-Strom is new as well. Instead of using the Twin, this bike the Gladius engine. The 645cc maintains the same 81mm and 62.6mm …, but features new cylinders, valve springs and This gives the new Wee-Strom torque down low, Suzuki touting particular between 4000 and 6000

The new engine also promises extra oomph up top. As a Suzuki doesn’t claim numbers, but the last time we the Gladius it turned our dyno up to rear wheel horsepower and lb-ft of torque.

The Suzuki 650 engine delivers pleasing power, the mellow bottom end up in the mid-range and allowing for more pace up top.

On the road, performance isn’t overpowering, but than effective. The Wee-Strom quite mellow off the bottom, more meat coming on as around four grand. As the rise some vibes do up through the tank, but that’s the 650 spools up for more the good up top. That top-end can some thrill, and once out the Wee-Strom can manage a triple-digit should the need ever

Fueling is smooth with a forgiving throttle. The ham-fisted need not fear, making the ideal for beginner or intermediate The same can be said of the six-speed The low first gear allows for starts and easy launches.

gear overdrive hums at 70 mph with the tach holding at five grand. Clutch is seamless, Suzuki having clutch release mechanism in the new We occasionally had to stomp when from neutral to first but once in motion the gearbox is sorted and shuffles up and down trouble.

We also praise the gear position indicator on the panel another personal on bike interfaces.

The V-Strom’s twin spar frame and returns. But this year’s can better handle a faster thanks to revised suspension. The components now feature firmer as engineers increased the rear spring rate and stiffened up settings of the conventional front This addresses complaints previous owners, many of ratcheted up preload all the way on the rear

The new settings keep more on the front end, and it’s the main reason why seat increased.

Stiffening up the Showa components improves the V-Strom’s capabilities. Overall the Wee-Strom an easy to ride mount, one will tap out to ground clearance before suspension woes.

down the famed Blue Parkway, the V-Strom proves a handler and quite reactive to input. While we are unfamiliar the previous model, our colleagues all the suspension is much improved. The settings hold up to an aggressive and transmit good feel the road. The feedback can be jarring on pavement, but it’s a welcome for a too-soft setup.

The front and rear are still adjustable for preload, with the shock featuring a remote for easy adjustment.

Overall, the is surprisingly competent when the starts to bend. It encourages cornering, enough for even back riders to appreciate the low peg feelers. That’s doubly on the Adventure model, with its feelers keeping the wide from scraping on the asphalt.

Not the V-Strom needs to stay on the all the time While the precariously engine components, particularly the oil filter, keep gnarly excursions ill advised, the Wee-Strom a playful companion on the novice-level roads we sampled branching off the The Bridgestone Trail Wing perform far better on loose than our confidence gave credit for, the 19-inch rolling over modest (it mates with a 17-inch

We couldn’t bring ourselves to full trust in the brakes on the as the new, lighter Bosch ABS be switched off. Even the Wee-Strom can hustle along and dirty.

A dirt bike it is but the V-Strom 650 comports itself and graded dirt byways enough for most Wee-Strom few of whom take their off road.

In no way is the V-Strom a true bike, but it doesn’t claim to be. research indicates just amount of V-Strom riders take their bikes so this Wee-Strom delivers the right amount of Adventure for its clientele. Can it get you up a graded Forest road? Sure.

Gnarly ruts, and rocks, and Better invest in engine and heavy duty skid

On the street the Bosch ABS is a welcome aid. Riders might as get used the idea, as standard ABS be making its way into all production bikes before too long. The works well enough, too harsh of a cut in.

Overall braking like engine performance, overwhelming or spectacular but gets the job The non-radial-mount Tokico calipers things to a halt with a squeeze the lever.

One interjection headlights: Suzuki pared the headlight assembly when it the front end of the bike. The high are great at night, but the low beams impress when we got caught out in the on the curvy Blue Ridge However, the backlit instrument is easy to read at night.

two days and 400-plus miles, we a steady 45-50 mpg efficiency our test bike. Even the half-gallon smaller fuel in the 2012 model, its 5.3-gallon still equates into over 200 miles of range. is a welcome trait for a bike touring pretensions.

And the Wee-Strom for a fine middleweight touring The base model can be accessorized numerous touring amenities. One touch, for example, is the rear carrier already fitted to a top case one of the most common of V-Strom owners. Two different of saddlebags can be mounted as well.

The market will also get a Adventure model which a touring windscreen, protective guards and aluminum side as standard kit.

The Adventure version represents a savings with its standard package.

We utilized an Adventure as our mule during the two-day We found the aluminum cases to work, their ammo can reminding us somewhat of the KTM Adventure during our 2011 Adventure-Touring While roomy, the bags do frustrating to open with a key and locking mechanism. The touring features a second adjustable piggybacked on the top, which can be moved up and down to redirect

The adjustments make a difference, and the Wee-Strom screen avoids while still allowing air to flow through.

The standard 650 ABS is available in Metallic Fox Orange for We reckon it’s most rival to be the Kawasaki Versys, retails for $7899 (expect a in the future, as we continue our Kawasaki project). The Adventure version for $9799 and is only available in

During our Blue Ridge we got to know the Wee-Strom pretty We deem the revised V-Strom an practical mount. With its engine, more adept and updated look, the V-Strom 650 is a versatile middleweight.

It represents a new entry from Suzuki, and option in the growing AT segment.


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