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V-Strom 650 & V-Strom 650XT

The V-Strom 650 has been the biggest seller in its market segment across the globe since its introduction in 2004, and for 2017 the new model gets more power, less weight, and traction control, while conforming to new Euro 4 emissions regulations.

Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin engine has become widely regarded as one of the best motorcycle engines of its generation, and in the 2017 V-Strom 650 it gets more power and torque, increasing its output to 70bhp at 8,800rpm and 62Nm or torque at 6,500rpm.

A new exhaust also boosts power and torque, while saving weight and aiding in a lower centre of gravity.

New on both variants is Suzuki’s low-rpm assist system, which automatically raises engine speed when pulling away, and the new easy-start system first seen on the GSX-S1000 range, as well as the addition of a two-mode traction control system, that can be turned off.

The V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT have both been completely restyled, with a design more akin to the bigger V-Strom 1000.

The XT model boasts more equipment as standard over the V-Strom 650, giving it more off-road intent out of the crate. Wire-spoke wheels provide better absorption on uneven surfaces, while a lower cowling offers additional protection. Hand guards help shield the rider from low-hanging branches or stones and debris caused by a rider in front.

A comprehensive accessories catalogue for both models of the V-Strom 650 will be available, and includes items such as integrated luggage, a centre-stand, touring screen, and heated grips.

The V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT are expected in UK dealerships in the spring.


V-Strom 1000 & V-Strom 1000XT

Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000 benefits from a host of updates for 2017, most notably the addition of cornering ABS that uses a three-axis, six-direction IMU, while a new V-Strom 1000XT was also revealed at Intermot.

Both variants of the popular adventure machine – which get sharper styling for 2017 - utilise the new Motion Track Brake System, by combining the information on the machine’s lean angle and wheel speeds to allow the ABS to operate and optimise brake pressure when the vehicle is leaned over, as well as in a straight line. The system also automatically applies pressure to the rear brake when front brake pressure rises to a certain level.

Suzuki’s easy-start system, debuted on the GSX-S1000, also features, which means the clutch lever no longer needs to be pulled in to start, and just one push of the starter button is required, and the V-Strom 1000 also gets the low-rpm assist function. The three-mode traction control system from the previous generation model remains.

Extensive wind tunnel testing led to the designer’s giving the V-Strom 1000 a new windscreen, with height and angle adjustment to suit a variety of riders, while hand guards and engine cowling become standard equipment on both the V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT.

While the base model features 10-spoke, cast-aluminium wheels, the V-Strom 1000XT uses wire-spoke wheels and DID rims for more absorption off-road, and also gets tapered handlebars.

Both models are available in black and white, as well as a new Champion Yellow, which pays homage to the DR Big Dakar-racer from the 1990s. The Champion Yellow V-Strom 1000XT also gets gold anodised rims, reminiscent of Suzuki’s championship-winning motocross range.

A vast range of accessories are available for both machines, with the V-Strom 1000’s popular integrated luggage updated with a new, larger capacity top-box. Other accessories include higher and lower seats, fog lamps, and engine bars.

The anticipated arrival time of the V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT is late spring.