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MCP Review: Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

by BoyG On August — 6 2013 2,182 views

The was supposed to be Manila-Vigan-Manila.  Wheeltek’s go-to guy had already said the bike was available for pickup at their Bautista St. shop.  I had made reservations with a for our accommodations and all that was left to do was

 Unfortunately, due to reasons beyond my we had to scrap the Vigan plan and for a daytrip.

Destinations were around, Montalban, Jariel’s, Pampanga, heck even MOA was into the picture.  The of the ride, there was still no  The obvious choice for a quickie was Jariel’s peak (a fun up the mountains of the Marilaque all the way to the boundary of  To cut a long story short, my companions begged off on the ride for reasons and I was on my own.

 A bike to review and no destination.

A had told me about that new that cuts from to Nasugbu months before and in the riding community seems to gone there already, so where I decided to go.  No GPS, no  Just me and the bike and some old fashioned seat of the pants sense.

With the ride from Makati to Pasig as my to the Vstrom, I set out on a solo trip to via the Kabiyang tunnel.

Frankly, I was a bit worried about my position on the VStrom.  Having blessed with strong but short appendages, the arms a little stretched and any sudden on the accelerator would have me on to the handlebar to catch my grip.  A adjustment on the saddle was all it took to me a lot more comfortable.  The of the cockpit really shines you stand on the pegs.

 The of the handlebars and the way the legs rest on the panels feels very and inspires confidence in offroad

Everyone was telling me about the height about how high the was, make no mistake, a rather tall bike.  I was on my on both feet at full  As long as I could reach the even by my toenails, that was by me.

 I was told there was an option for a seat for the Vstrom available is nice and I may consider should I end up one of these in my garage.

The Vstrom’s is superb.  Though a bit top heavy, the leans into corners and its line very well. for a mediocre rider like me, this bike was a treat.

tires held rather considering their lackluster from most Vstrom  No peg scraping though, I’ll that when it’s my own

Speed is what this as a lot of also.  Not sportbike mind you, not even bike speed, this is bike speed at it’s  Power when needed. bike can easily cruise at on 6th gear without a care in the  You can also open up the to overtake that pesky on the same gear and go back to

Suzuki AN 650 ABS

 Of all the features of the Vstrom I loved was it.  Climbing the twisties of Ternate i play between 3rd and 4th gear and the would respond without  Some steep climbs easily done on 3rd.

makes riding a lot easier and a lot stressful.  This is, of course, on your riding skill so experience may vary.

Braking is solid.  I found the ABS works, courtesy of our favorite companion, “manong” tricycle. protection is adequate care of the bitsy touring screen.

 A Lip extension will do wonders for

All in all, a solid motorcycle of all the accolades it has received from all over the world.  A dependable sport at home on the city as well as the backroads.  An all around you can do 2-up touring on easily.

As I the ride and got home rather  My wife asked me, “So how was the bike?”  I only answer.  “ Can we keep

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is available at Auto Moto Makati. can visit their website .

Bimbo Isidro is the Administrator of Philippines and Vespinoy.  


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