Suzuki V-Strom 650 2011 Ash On Bikes

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Suzuki V-Strom 650 2011

The V-Strom 650 has a new engine that that new, the same and a fresh set of clothes. Is this enough to for a convincing fight The answer’s a bit of a surprise.

The V-Strom 650 was of a slow burner in sales When it came out in 2003, the headlights and awkward styling put off the buyers, but as its virtues began to through, so its popularity increased.

the ABS version appeared in 2006 the became the best seller in the unusual for a machine into its year. Even so, when I the 2011 XP version a few months ago I was The design had clearly aged, and not too badly considering it was eight old, it had been left especially by direct rival, the Versys.

Suzuki was aware of too, and finally has refreshed the and although you might argue not quite as new as the company is suggesting, no question, it`s been bang up to date, and very

The changes to the V-twin power compared with the new V-Strom 650 are for Suzuki to call it a new engine, but ignoring the fact that is a Gladius engine retuned to the V-Strom`s stronger touring So while compared with the old the twin plug heads, fuel injectors, crankshaft and bodies are different and fuel is improved by a claimed 10 per cent, in this is all the same as the Gladius.

to the V-Strom 650 are the intake and airbox and exhaust system, as well as the which use altered profiles to low and mid-range torque compared the sportier (and lighter) Other changes compared the old V-Strom include single of double valve springs less reciprocating weight and and improvements to the internal gas flow, pumping losses.

The chassis is changed, although this mean you still get an aluminium spar frame and swingarm many rivals use steel. The though promises little on paper as it`s unchanged for small damping changes it it firmer. The brakes too are as you were, leaves the very obvious of old bodywork with new.

While judgement on the success of depends on the beholder`s eye, the headlights make a clear to the balance of the styling, while the organic curves modernise it For me, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 in the flesh a lot better than in pictures, and has a bulky, rangier and more mien.

A shame the only available are black, white or Leyland orange as in a rich or possibly red you`d even it as a good looking bike. But at the look shouldn`t be putting off this time around.

A lot of has gone into the detailing The painted panels on each of the tank are designed to be low cost and replaced if they`re damaged in a — certainly one of these be much less painful to or replace than a conventional tank with a dent in one Extensions to the front mudguard the forks from stone while the luggage rack (a fitment) is flush with the seat, so loads can rest the two easily.

It also incorporates and well positioned passenger handles, and has a non-slip rubber

The dash information has improved, now fuel economy and ambient read-outs (including a freeze as well as the usual, its brightness is and very usefully you toggle readings with a switch on the handlebar, rather than to reach forward to the dash time. The reset button is on the dash but that`s used often and mostly at a standstill.

The lock has moved to the rear of the V-Strom 650 so it`s still accessed with the optional in place, and the tank holds a 4.4 gallons (20 litres, 5.3 gallons This is one litre less before but the reduced bulkiness is visually and ergonomically while the engine efficiency means the has increased anyway.

There are still imperfections: adjustment is time consuming, and demands you break out the tools, is unacceptable when it could be so with the fitment of a knurled wheel. You can compensate for load-induced angle change to some by changing the rear spring but while the easily accessed adjuster (no tools needed) you which way to turn for more or there`s no way of knowing what its setting is.

Changing the screen meanwhile would mean the toolkit from under the but if you did you`d find there`s no key in there of the right size to do it! Use and you must undo and refit six bolts, so this is the sort of you do once then forget.

though it`s all quite but you still have the same with only a revised than all new engine, so expectations of a big inevitably are low. If that`s the then you`re in for a pleasant as the small changes make a big You don`t notice the better until your first but you do immediately feel the improvement in smoothness and the more even

I don`t really care if the V-Strom 650 is faster or slower the Versys, its most direct because I won`t ever be them, but I do think the Suzuki`s generally feels better. wrong with the Versys at but the V-Strom has a delightful, liquid delivery matched to real at low and medium revs where you need it.

It`s proof you don`t need a big capacity to create a top gear bike, as middleweight is happy to be left in and ridden around at lower on undulating terrain as long as you This is despite sixth quite tall to the point of something of an overdrive, which if you do slot down to fifth the feels significantly more

There`s more character to the than the Kawasaki`s parallel and it makes an especially pleasing sound on the overrun at low revs It`s all helped by a very reduction in vibration, which to Suzuki comes from the pumping losses, new crank and the use of a primary gear, in place of the previous one.

The result is a that`s as satisfying to use on twisty as it is at steady motorway speeds or in urban situations. The clutch comes from the Gladius too and in a lighter lever effort, so trickling isn`t too tiring, and the idle and low rev behaviour make the very predictable in these Open it up and it pulls strongly little regard for revs, for overtaking, and there`s enough backing it up to deal with a and other loads without breathless.

Hold the Suzuki 650 at a steady 85mph (135kph) and it along effortlessly, oblivious to and hills and with no irritating through bars or footrests. At the time it`s impressively with fuel. On our relatively riding session the onboard suggested the bike was sipping at 54.8mpg (19.4km/l, 5.2l/100km, US), while the trip and a worked out marginally better at (19.6km/l, 5.1l/100km, 46.1mpg

55mpg then in typical with room to better In turn, that means a healthy range of 240 miles and although many manufacturers don`t seem to recognise the of this, that fact will swing many towards the V-Strom.

They`ll be miles too. The bar and footrest are unchanged but the seat height is as 0.6in (15mm) higher before, although only half of this comes its redesign as the bike is raised on its suspension too. In other the bar-seat-footrest relationship is only changed, and that`s fine as it was a spacious, natural riding

It`s improved anyway as the seat is one of the most comfortable find on any bike (as well as good with its V-Strom and red stitching). The new screen and fairing the windblast at bay with almost turbulence, although taller do need to raise it for the best

There are alternative seats which raise or lower backside by 0.79in (20mm), but at my 6`3” (1.91m) I was happy with the standard arrangement.

equally pleasing for passengers my guinea pig Mel, amenable of UK free magazine Motor Monthly — was impressed the wind protection, comfort and rail positioning, and the bike fine with her admittedly weight, steering and stopping little change in stability. was no intrusion on the rider`s space although I’m not sure if she my unnecessarily frequent hard tests. But I did, so that’s

The test covered some 250 (400km) on a variety of roads and at the end of the day I as if I could do the whole thing As a touring bike the 2011 V-Strom 650 is outstanding yet it also when you put the pressure on to go fast. The changes may only have minor but the combination of slightly centre of gravity, firmer and the loss of 11lb (6kg) weight give it a more sportier feel while the sense that you could the chassis by getting too enthusiastic in

Changing direction rapidly in on the old bike could get the front end vague and the back swaying but the new is much better controlled and like it`s working rather than against Stability under braking is and with Suzuki joining Ducati and no doubt others in the latest ninth generation ABS system, when you do reach the the bike slows very in full control.

The bias though is towards more so than with the which is confirmed by the range of available. There are two luggage conventional side-opening Hepco panniers and matching top box, or for capacity and an adventure bike top opening aluminium boxes. the Hepco Becker panniers can be unlocked though, so for everything you must use the key to open them, is irritating.

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More troublesome is the width of the bike with fitted, around 4in (100mm) than a Ducati Multistrada panniers for example, and that`s not slim at the sidebag hips. irritating because clearly a different design the same could be moved in significantly to the body of the bike — magazine scribe Simon quipped that you could fit pannier in the gap in between.

Suzuki lauds the ease with the panniers can be removed, using a fat or a coin to turn four release bolts where the meet the bike. The trouble is, in addition to the owner could do so you`d have to rig up a way of locking the to the bike.

The Hepco Beckers a very plasticky look and to them too, although my own of these is they`re durable and Other accessories include a 12V heated grips, hand engine bars, centre alarm, sat nav mounting plate and screen attachment, an adjustable that fits across the top of the I tried this and while it a difference I`m not sure it`s a or even better difference.

I`d not with that, although in mind the wide range of heights, helmets and how they`re all by air flow — it could be for some. But not me and my Arai.

The detailing and all add up favourably then, but it`s the capability of the bike which impresses. It might not be an all new machine but the have been in all the right and some have been effective. What really is that the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is an capable distance covering fun and able in the corners with an that`s a real pleasure to use in all of riding.

It has character, it`s frugal, plenty of torque, it`s yet light and reasonably agile.

maybe you`ll be swayed by quality: Kawasaki`s overall is than Suzuki`s so a Versys be less prone to corrosion and be more reliable, but it`s not as if bikes are unreliable anyway, and so much that`s proven in the and Suzuki moving on from its corrosion issues (and could be very vulnerable to salt), this isn`t a persuasion.

I`d have the Suzuki 650 over the Versys, and plenty of bikes too, and don’t when comparing prices (in the UK priced identically to the Versys it comes with ABS as standard, a option of £600 or more on others.


Model Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

UK price:

Available August

Engine: 90 V-twin, liquid cooled, 8v, 645cc

Power: 68bhp 50.5kW) @ 8,800rpm

Torque: (6.1kgm, 11.6Nm) @ 6,400rpm

55mpg (19.5km/l, 5.14l/100km, US)

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