2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 | First Ride

Small Changes, Big Difference

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Alessio Barbanti

Tech Spec

The V-Strom 650 gets its first redesign since its 2003 debut.
BMW G650GS & F800GS, Kawasaki KLR650 & Versys, Triumph Tiger 800.

Price na
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
Claimed horsepower 67.7 bhp @ 8800 rpm
Claimed torque 44.3 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
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 32.9 in.
Wheelbase 61.4 in.
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Claimed curb weight 472 lbs.
Colors Black, metallic orange
Available Late 2011
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact American Suzuki Motor Co.
P.O. Box 1100
Brea, CA 92822
Verdict 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Better, but no bigger, and hardly worthy of being called an adventure bike.

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