Operating on the chassis of the powerful, 645cc, 90-degree Suzuki V-twin – tuned slightly from the popular SV650 model – the 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 650 serves as a premier, middleweight dual-sport motorcycle and has become a favorite among class enthusiasts. The model is also known as the Suzuki DL650, and is popular the world over. The name V-Strom (sometimes misread as V-Storm) is taken from the German word meaning ""current"" or ""flowing stream.""
The 2006 Suzuki V-Strom is offered as two different models: the 650, and the 1000. The V-Strom 650 serves as a powerful motorcycle that gets every ounce of potential out of its 645cc liquid-cooled engine. Whether riding on hot or cool days, this engine can be pushed to the limit, without missing a beat. After the initial break-in period, riders can expect to get 50-plus mpg when cruising the highways. The six-speed transmission allows for easy cruising, as well as exhilarating acceleration. Both the Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 1000 sprint impressively from standstill, reaching cruising speeds within a blink. Dual disc brakes on the front and a single disc on the rear ensure maximum stopping power for this bike, which weighs in right around 500 lbs.
Walking around the 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 650, one will quickly notice it is marked with great styling. This bike isn""t as stripped down as its Suzuki brother, the SV650, which possesses the look of a trendy naked bike. The engine compartment on the 2006 V-Strom is somewhat exposed, as the front fairing is chopped just above the horizontal cylinder. Stylistically, the bike is every bit dual-sport. The bars and seat provide riders with a classic riding position. For the weekend warrior, this bike is thoroughly capable of day trips, and long weekend jaunts. The front windscreen and fairing flow directly into the tank, which seamlessly transitions toward the two-in-one seat. Passengers will enjoy the ride on this dual-sport, feeling they are on the seat, as opposed to the tail of the motorcycle.
The 2006 Suzuki V-Strom comes standard with a top case rack on the tail of the bike, suggesting ease of accessorizing. The beefier V-Strom 1000 comes standard with sport-touring/adventure styling with hard panniers, and a top case that is capable of hauling small amounts of luggage, tools, or picnic supplies for rider and/or passenger. Both V-Strom brothers come standard with a windshield and grip guards, aiding in rider comfort during high speed cruising.
Overall, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 and the grown-up V-Strom 1000 are tools of riding satisfaction. As far as engineering is concerned, it is hard to find a flaw that isn""t based on subjective opinion. It is an excellent starter option for new riders, while remaining an enjoyable ride for those who have been on a variety of motorcycles over the years. The Suzuki V-Strom""s enjoyable nature is only matched by its durability. With regularly scheduled routine maintenance, this bike will continue to tick like a clock, as thousands upon thousands of miles are logged on the odometer.