PH2 ridden: 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 — PistonHeads

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Suzuki AN 650


Suzuki’s V-twin all-rounder is now fugly and still very

When Suzuki pulled the off the original V-Strom 1000 in there was more than a intake of breath. Not only was the staggering ugly, it also had a name that most was the result of a mistranslation from to Japanese. You can imagine the mobile conversation between two designers as one in and out of signal. How about a V-Storm? A

No, STORM. STRUM? STORM! Ok, No, oh sod it, yeah, whatever.

If you care a is actually, according to Suzuki, the name for a stream. Anyway, a few years the 1,000cc V-Strom was in the range by a smaller brother, the 650, using the commuter SV650’s V-twin 645cc It retained all the ugliness of its sibling, but one of those guilty pleasures.

A bit like a slightly thick but good looking girlfriend, the 650 was a machine, you just were a bit embarrassed to introduce it to your

Hardly handsome but it IS improved

for 2012 Suzuki has (eventually) something about the V-Strom’s Having dropped the 1000 in the baby 650 is the only Strom on the and is now a bike you can actually be moderately of being seen on.

When I rode home and the bike to my actual girlfriend she it quite pretty. To be fair no oil painting so there is a chance her of taste is a bit lacking, but all the same is a vote of confidence in the new look.

experienced riders will (and unfairly) dismiss the 650 as a bike. While the 650 is certainly an machine for less experienced it is also a superb bike for old who just want hassle commuting. Personally, I’d a sports bike in the garage for and use the Strom for the daily commute or motorway miles.

Introduce a set of corners into the and it’ll surprise you with its Long travel suspension deliver a smooth ride and it can get a bit wobbly when you push hard for fast and flowing it’s pretty accomplished.

ABS on winter roads

The 2012 650 has retained all of the features that the older bike such a machine while removing the look. With a price tag of you get ABS included and a pannier set is Ј817 including top box), making the a bargain when compared to larger capacity big trailies. To add to value Suzuki has just three accessory packs for the

The ‘tourer pack’ contains guards, a 14-litre tank belly pan, accessories bar and a new guard for Ј499 including a saving of Ј121. The ‘adventure is the same as the ‘tourer’ with the bag replaced by a top box and a higher screen and stand added for Ј999, Ј291 while the Ј1,299 pack’ contains panniers, a top belly pan and centre stand for less than retail.

The V-Strom in all its pre-facelift …

than just an ugly

While the old V-Strom 650 was a guilty I have to confess I would be than happy to own a 2012 as my daily hack. Some may it’s a little under-endowed at 650cc but for motorway miles more than fast and it’s light and nippy town, not to mention comfortable and efficient.

The only question hangs over the build The old 650 wasn’t great, with carriers quickly turning and the finish on the engine flaking Looking around the new model it as though Suzuki has made effort with this though I would still on top of the cleaning, especially in winter.

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