2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 | Review

2012 Suzuki 650 Test

When it comes to select an adventure touring there is a temptation to yield to the to go big. There are a good of liter-plus choices in the genre, considerably fewer in the mid-size

Even though the Suzuki 650 is a stalwart mid-size adventure save for optional ABS in 2006, the has not been updated since its in 2003. While that has not prevented the bike from well on the showroom floor, new competition over the last few meant a modernization was happily

The process began in 2008, the goal of making what describes as “The Comfortable Tourer.” To realize this Suzuki engineers started from scratch in redesigning the 650.

Retiring the previous Suzuki took the Gladius 650 and reworked it for the V-Strom. Changing the cam the new V-Strom motor has more valve timing than the edition, though not as sporting as the The objective was to pump up the midrange and fuel consumption efficiency.

We have mpg numbers on the old V-Strom though I extracted about 44 out of each gallon of fuel on the new in a very wide variety of to rural, interstate to dirt Suzuki claims a fuel increase of 10-percent for the new bike, enabled the engineers to shrink the capacity to a bit over five That, in turn, allowed for a tank profile, offering for ergonomic improvements‚ the dominos

It’s time to ride.

the standard V-Strom off the production is the all-new V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure, is an accessorized version of the standard There is no better place to the capabilities of the new 650 Adventure than the roads around North Little Switzerland in the Blue Mountain range of the Appalachians.

As a bonus, I had the comfortable 101-year-old Switzerland Inn as a centralized base the southern end of the legendary Blue Parkway in the Pisgah National If that isn’t tantalizing Bill Kniegge of highly Blue Strada Tours in our June/July 2009 issue) the indispensable local knowledge to make sure I was able to put the through every possible

Many riders may know the Ridge Parkway as a haven for minivans, blue hairs, and eager beaver Blue Parkway Law Enforcement Rangers. of course, is on-season. Riding the Ridge Parkway in early is a revelation.

Virtually devoid of other than the very local, the Parkway is left to your motorcycle, and countless leaves fluttering across the pavement as autumn takes aim at winter. With no cross and few transition roads, I was able to set my own on the V-Strom 650 Adventure with leading the way—a finer guide you will not find.

As a bike, the V-Strom 650 Adventure is a capable machine, as long as you with the understanding that it is a V-twin pushing over 500 plus rider and cargo. it is not, though the V-Strom is friendly to ride.

Straightaways are few and far on the Blue Ridge Parkway. sort of road puts a on cornering capabilities and easy and the new V-Strom 650 shines in these Even with the 19″/17″ Trail Wing tire the bike is willing to rock the

Cornering clearance is generous, and the will accommodate your for whatever lean angle you Handling is impeccably neutral and and the six-inch travel suspension—which has tightened up a bit and only adjustable for wallowing and uncertainty.

For a motorcycle as an adventure machine, it is highly on pavement. Slaloming between the V-Strom 650 has no resistance to changing Nothing happens quickly or the bike reacts instinctively to input.

When coming too hot the corner, the ABS works flawlessly, not transparently. Still too fast? lean a bit more; the V-Strom seems to hold a little bit of in reserve.

To be sure, the tame helps make this It is easier to make a bike less horsepower handle Having said that, the DOHC mill is not a dog. The is in the midrange, so shifting the six-speed is often optional.

The V-Strom’s does not rev quickly, though it incessantly. It is ideal for its intended exclusive sport riders can a Gladius instead.

The silky delivery is achieved through out the combustion process. Ten-hole injectors and twin iridium plugs per cylinder further the

I have always liked the of the Suzuki Dual Throttle system, which smooths out the response, and it is welcome on the V-Strom As is often the case, the success of the is the result of many small, indistinct efforts.

Out on the open the V-Strom 650 Adventure can certainly its own. Trying to make-up time as darkness was falling, I was at 90 mph without stressing the motor. No, is not a lot of power in reserve at that though the overdrive sixth keeps revs low.

In general, the V-Strom‚Äôs short-… V-twin motor is remarkably of vibration or steps in the power The sun did set before returning to the Little Inn, however, and the new headlights the way admirably on moonless unlit

The new instrument panel is easily day or night. The large tach is with your speed and position reported by a large New and welcome is an ambient thermometer, and a light that warns you the temperature hits freezing.

it is a 650, it can be called upon as a tourer. The aluminum panniers are capacity, particularly the left which doesn’t have to room for the muffler. Despite the that Suzuki moved the in, the panniers are mounted quite

They aren’t custom for the 650 Adventure, and require a Rube mounting frame for attachment.

behind you can see that they are at an unappealing angle, so there is no advantage that comes an integrated look. The latches securely, though you can’t them unlocked‚ a bit of an inconvenience. them practical, though a bit of an on a bike that looks nice unadorned.

Many probably opt for the standard V-Strom and add accessory resin sidebags, fit much better.

A top box with a backrest can also be easily onto the integrated luggage for maximum carrying capacity. a passenger would be comfortable, and are nice molded handholds, we be looking at the V-Strom 1000 if we routinely riding two-up.

redesigned the V-Strom’s seat, and it is a High-end in appearance‚Äîred stitching and an V-Strom logo‚Äîthe seat your rear end with thanks to it being 25-percent than the previous version. The seat gives your a bit more room, which is for touring.

Narrow in the front to make it to touch down at a stop, the is wide in the back for great plus there is a rise for the that gives you something to back against. It is a sit-and-stay rather than one you move on. There are two accessory seats – one one shorter – that allow personalization.

Attention was also to air management, from top to bottom. The and windshield have been for more protection. The amount of that gets through is right for an adventure tourer. The is three-way adjustable, though a is required to accomplish this.

A on the top of the windscreen is hand-adjustable and allows you to the airflow effectively.

Suzuki complaints about engine on the earlier V-Strom 650 and has done serious redirecting. The stylish fiber front fender air to the radiator, which now has vents to the air away from the rider’s Behind that, the oil cooler has replaced by a liquid cooled exchanger at the exposed oil filter’s

The heat deflection is effective, and I myself wishing for a bit of warm air over my Sidi Cobra which are more sport adventure. The fairing did its job, so when the early morning temps were in the 40s, the AGV Telluride jacket, pants and kept me warm in conjunction GatorSkins thermal top, glove liners and neck Next time I’ll to try some GatorSkins boot

The Vemar Jiano EVO TC helmet’s visor was perfect for changing conditions. Proper apparel all the difference.

Back at the Little Inn, enjoyment can be had at the Fowl Pub, and dinner at the Chalet Though the restaurant’s menu is in local flavor, the Cajun rib I consumed was tender and tasty. The Lodge room I stayed in was clean, though appeared a bit at first sight.

However, it had a bathroom and speedy Wi-Fi is a nice lifeline in a rural

Groups of motorcyclists can look the Diamondback Lodge at the Switzerland An eight-bedroom, eight-bath cabin en suite), it has a common room a fireplace. Outside, season there are hot tubs and a swimming

Another motorcyclist-friendly feature is parking for the motorcycles right the Diamondback Lodge.

Blue Tours offers pre-planned or Kniegge can cook up a delicious ride of his own. As the Suzuki 650 ABS Adventure has pretensions of off-pavement a ride on a dirt road was in Curtis Creek Road, joins the Blue Ridge with US Route 70, showed the to be reasonably adventurous.

The primary to the V-Strom 650 on dirt are the street-focused and the always-on lightweight Bosch Careful application of the throttle is and the smooth V-twin obliges if thoughtful input.

In a straight feel free to throw a roost in gravely areas, and it easy through corners. If roads are likely to be a common Suzuki’s accessory under would be a good idea to the vulnerable oil filter.

Even the standard steel engine you do not want to drop the bike. The suspension evens out rough in the road, though not enough to one of the right pannier latches exhibiting a chronic rattle.

As enjoyable as the V-Strom 650 was before, the version is a significant upgrade. The version is a highly adaptable that works quite within its wide limits. The pulls better than it and that is as it should be.

The handling is all predictability and nothing about envelopes.

Long distances can be either through scenic mountain roads or on a droning The V-Strom plays well in yet is happy to fling itself corners in rural locales. It is a solo sporting tourer will gracefully accept the of gentle dirt roads to the itinerary.

Enjoying a rich of single-purpose motorcycles that nonpareil at one particular skill it easy to forget the simple of a motorcycle with few boundaries. some saddle time in on the Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure us that flexibility can be a wonderful

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