2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS: MD Ride Review …

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2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 MD Ride Review

You have to Suzuki with being one of the Japanese manufacturers to jump the Adventure Touring category in the United States with feet when it introduced the 1000 and its little brother, the 650 in the early 2000s. Although bikes had a face only a could love, just one could produce an affinity would continue to grow time.

Indeed, it is hard to that the original V-Strom 650 one of the most fun, versatile and motorcycles we have ever When it was redesigned for the 2012 year, we reported on the significant We have finally tested the model, but before reporting our let’s talk about of those changes.

The new styling is and certainly an improvement in our opinion not to be, perhaps). The standard seat is new and taller (roughly 1/2 an inch), but the is a bit narrower at the knees thanks to a smaller fuel tank holding 5.3 gallons). As a result, the to the ground is easier than competing Adventure models we tested.

The new side cowlings are claimed to air management, from both a and rider protection standpoint. The fender is a new shape, which improves air flow to the radiator. the rear luggage rack is and incorporates passenger grab

Handy rear preload knob.

The 90 degree v-twin still displaces 645cc, but revised cam profiles to improve power. Single valve replace double springs, mechanical losses. The crank and primary gear were reducing mechanical noise and

Suzuki also claims the is easier to start in cold

A liquid cooled oil cooler stabilize oil temperatures, and the clutch mechanism is now a cam type. The clutch is thicker to reduce mechanical The engine breathes through a muffler, and all of these changes to equal, or better horsepower and throughout the rev range, while a claimed 10% increase in fuel

Braking includes a lighter, sophisticated ABS system, while continues to include spring adjustment in the fork with adjustment in the shock (via a hand-operated knob – see picture), with rebound adjustment.

The continue to be 17″ rear and 19″ front. An new instrument cluster has new functions, a gear position indicator, temperature and fuel consumption By holding down the meter button, located on the left for approximately one second, you can switch the LCD to show either the clock or the

One of the strong-suits of both V-Strom has been their dual H-4 headlight system. The dual low and the dual high beams the output of many automobiles and are welcome when traveling at speeds at night. Fortunately, chose to keep this system in the new V-Strom 650.

In riding the new V-Strom, we felt an in suspension action. Damping more refined, and ride has improved, despite added that reduced dive and Just as we had done with V-Stroms, we ended up raising the approximately 10mm in the triple to improve steering feel and After doing so, we felt the old nimble, yet stable handling seemed to put a smile on our face time we rode the bike.

The Bridgestone Trail Wing offered good grip and on the street, while still large tread blocks for traction in off-road conditions.

As a bike, the V-Strom 650 offers comfort from an upright position with good leg a much improved seat and a adjustable windshield. Different riders were able to in a windshield height that buffeting at the helmet level. is a big improvement over the prior

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While the V-Strom 650 can handle off-roading, it is still primarily a bike. Don’t expect the tires to grab like knobbies off-road. Added clearance and the 19″ front wheel do significant advantages when to most street bikes,

The engine is largely the same we discovered in the earlier model, perhaps a bit stronger power The compact twin has a surprisingly spread of power and torque allows you to short shift the or rev it out. depending on your Both methods will you along smartly, and many bike enthusiasts have the power more than and a worthwhile trade-off when to the more powerful, but often far nimble, large-displacement Adventure

The vibration felt from the is generally a pleasant sensation, not and the gear box shifts precisely and low effort. Stricter emissions may contribute to what we perceived as a “less perfect” throttle (from closed throttle to

The brakes continue to be adequate, if not and the ABS system was a welcome addition to a likely to be ridden long and This V-twin has proven to be proof, with many reporting well over miles with only maintenance performed. The new instrument is legible and informative, but both and fuel mileage seem to be by a good margin (something owners have reported).

A clock readout would be a addition, as well.

So we have the redesigned Suzuki V-Strom 650 to be a refined and improved version of the but that has to be taken as a compliment. The “Wee Strom” is a cult for good reason. In many it represents an almost perfect of performance and light weight.

When you have a do-it-all that just happens to be of fun to ride, you have a winner. already had that, and the new V-Strom 650 is better in many respects.

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is available in the color options: Pearl White and Pearl Vigor at an U.S. MSRP of $8,499. A accessorized model, known as the 650 ABS Adventure, is also available at a

MSRP at $9,999 (featuring for instance). For additional details and take a look at Suzuki’s web .

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