The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is targeted at the mid-range adventure bike market.
After the successful launches of the GSX-S750 and the Burgman Street in India, Japanese Motorcycle giant, Suzuki is planning to launch the 2018 V-Strom 650 in India to cater to the mid-range adventure touring segment. The company will only offer the adventure spec XT variant in India, which is a true blue off-roader as well as a street bike. The bike is expected to be priced between Rs. 7.5 lacs to 7.7 lacs (ex-showroom).
Just like the mighty Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX-S750, the V-Strom 650 will be assembled here in India. Globally, the V-Strom 650 is offered in 2 variants i.e. the standard V-Strom 650 which is more like a street tourer and the V-Strom 650 XT which is a pure adventure bike.
The design of the bike is inspired by its elder sibling, the Suzuki V-Strom 1000. The bike features a set of spoked rims fitted with Bridgestone dual-sport tyres which provides perfect control on highways and superior grip off the road. The seat height of V-Strom 650 XT is 835mm. The bike weighs 216 kilograms (kerb weight) and the tank capacity is 20 litres, which is quite decent for a mid-size adventure bike.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is powered by a 645cc V-twin engine, mated to a 6-speed gearbox, which churns out 71 horses of power and 62 Newtons of peak torque. This makes it more powerful than its only rival in the Indian market, the Kawasaki Versys 650. Also the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT features a three stage traction control system and other features include an adjustable windscreen, Suzuki ESS (Easy Start System) and standard ABS.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT gets some major advantages over its rival Versys 650. The Kawasaki Versys 650 retails for Rs 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom), but the V-Strom is expected to a bit expensive than this. However the traction control, wheels and adventure factor could be an major advantage for Suzuki.