ROAD TEST: Suzuki DL650 V-Strom Wheels24

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ROAD TEST: Suzuki V-Strom


One of the greatest joys in life is a hidden gem – if it happens to be in the form of that turns out to be much than you bargained for, the is even greater. The 2012 DL650 V-Strom is one such.

I had feelings when I learned my review period on the Strom coincide with a trip to the Eastern Transvaal because I convinced it would be the right for the magnificent twisties of that of Mpumalanga. When a Suzuki member assured me that I regret it, I brushed it off as so much talk and resolved to judge for

In its current iteration, the V-Strom much more attractive its predecessor. The bulky, sharp-edged that dominated its frontal are replaced by slimmer, much rounded trimmings. The visual of the new bike, from headlights to piece, is of a much more design than the older


The instrument is the familiar mix of an analogue tachometer and LCD speedometer. The LCD readouts also an odometer, two trip-distance meters, position indicator, coolant and temperature, average fuel fuel gauge and clock.

A on the left handlebar toggles the readouts.

Considering that the first of my trip would be the mind-numbingly and straight N4 from Pretoria to the ergonomics were of greater to me. Like its forebear, the current offers a relaxed sitting on a comfortable, well-shaped seat.

The adjustable screen did a good job of the slipstream away, although at around the national speed I experienced an irritating buffeting of my If it were my own bike, I would fitted a wind deflector to the


The big surprise when I subjected the Strom to spirited riding in the twisties. is, quite simply, beyond The Bridgestone Trail Wing never ran out of grip and the bike to be tremendously stable through the even when the road was less than ideal.

No matter how hard I pushed it, the simply maintained its composure.

says the bike’s engine, in case from the Gladius than the SV650, was tuned for mid-range punch and it does feel more responsive out of the The review bike seemed to run out of above an indicated 170km/h but I managed to take it over on the clock.

At 120km/h indicated, the rev needle hovered at a whisker the 5500 mark; riding the bike comfortably holds speed on inclines without the to drop a gear.

Even with two people’s luggage strapped to the Strom’s carrier, the bike retained its and lively character. The 20-litre tank yielded an open-road of around 430km which, with the comfortable seat, the feel of the engine and the bike’s capability, makes it a viable and adventure tour for a solo

I wouldn’t become too adventurous, – the 90° V-twin’s front cylinder and oil filter look dangerously to big rocks.


This may not be an because my suspicion is that a number of local Stroms never get as much as a whiff of other than Mr Macadam’s road surface. And that’s too, because the new V-Strom into the commuting role as as if to the manner born, being and nimble enough to slice rush hour traffic contemptuous ease.

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In the final analysis, the new V-Strom is a big over its competent but somewhat forebear. It’s an enjoyable that is as much at home on the road as it in town, with grunt and great handling to a smile to your face playtime.

If you’re in the market for a multi-purpose bike, the 2012 deserves serious consideration.


Manufacturer: Suzuki

Model: DL650 V-Strom

Engine: cooled, DOHC, four-…, 90° V-twin.

Power: n/a

Torque: n/a

Six-speed, chain final

Fuel capacity: 20 litres

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