2012 Kawasaki Versys vs. 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 | Cheap Adventure

By Brian Catterson, Photography by Kevin Wing

2012 Kawasaki Versys | Price: $7899

Tech Spec

Engine type:l-c parallel-twin
Valve train:DOHC, 8v
Displacement:649cc
Bore x stroke:83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression:10.6:1
Fuel system:EFI
Clutch:Wet, multi-plate
Transmission:6-speed
Frame:Steel semi-double cradle
Front suspension:Showa 41mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension:Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake:Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake:Tokico single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire:120/70-17 Dunlop Sportmax
Rear tire:160/60-17 Dunlop Sportmax
Rake/trail:25.0°/4.3 in.
Seat Height:33.1 in.
Wheelbase:55.7 in.
Fuel capacity:5.0 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):457/427 lbs.
Measured horsepower:58.1 bhp @ 8100 rpm
Measured torque:42.4 lb.-ft. @ 6900 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:12.92 sec. @ 99.74 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:4.50 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):52/38/44
Colors:Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Solar Yellow/Ebony
Availability:Now
Warranty:12 mo./unlimited mi.
Contact:Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92718 949.770.0400
www.Kawasaki.com




2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 | Price: $8299

Tech Spec

Engine type:l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train:DOHC, 8v
Displacement:645cc
Bore x stroke:81.0 x 62.6mm
Compression:11.2:1
Fuel system:EFI
Clutch:Wet, multi-plate
Transmission:6-speed
Frame:Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension:Showa 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension:Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake:Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 310mm discs with ABS
Rear brake:Tokico single-piston caliper, 260mm disc with ABS
Front tire:110/80R-19 Bridgestone Trail Wing
Rear tire:150/70R-17 Bridgestone Trail Wing
Rake/trail:26.0°/4.3 in.
Seat Height:33.0 in.
Wheelbase:61.4 in.
Fuel capacity:5.3 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):472/440 lbs.
Measured horsepower:62.2 bhp @ 8900 rpm
Measured torque:41.5 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:12.55 sec. @ 100.01 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:4.69 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):55/48/50 mpg
Colors:Metallic Fox Orange
Availability:Now
Warranty:12 mo./unlimited mi.
Contact:American Suzuki Motor Corp. 3251 E. Imperial Hwy Brea, CA 92821 714.996.7040 www.suzukicycles.com

By Brian Catterson
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jimbo4001
I've been riding my 05 V-strom 650 for 45,000 trouble free miles. I use it for commuting as well as 450 to 600 mile touring days and the occassional week-end, two-up. I especially like the nearly 500 lb. payload capacity, much more then even the new Triumph Trophy Sport Touring ride. I sometimes wish it were an 800 cc ride so I did not lust after a Strom 1000 for 2-up riding. No doubt the Versys is a good ride but just does not fit me or my riding preferences. For the record, I am nearly 70 years old, 240#, 30 in. inseam and ride pavement, graded dirt and gravel.
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