Suzuki’s original 645cc V-twin sold 172,300 units worldwide, and has been updated to meet Euro 4. The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 now makes 71 BHP @ 8800 RPM and 48 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM, up from and 69 BHP @ 8800 RPM and 44 lb-ft @ 6400 RPM, thanks to the resin-coated pistons and camshafts (as seen on the SV650), which have a higher exhaust lift.
A new exhaust has two cats fitted at the entrance to the end-can, and the fuel injection system has been updated. Low RPM assist and Easy Start are carried over from the SV, and as on the new GSX-R1000, increase the 2017 Suzuki V-strom 650’s revs automatically at low speed to prevent stalling, and keep the engine turning over after one press of the starter button.
The V-Strom 1000’s traction control is now fitted to the smaller bike, with two levels or off, while a new dash matches the larger-engined bike and includes a gear position indicator, coolant and air temperatures, battery voltage, clock range, average consumption and a fuel gauge. There’s also a 12v power socket mounted to the left of the clocks.
|Width has been reduced to make it easier to get your feet down.|
The new headlight saves 290g, which helps the 2017 Suzuki V-strom 650 towards a 213kg kerb weight – 1kg less than the previous model.The XTmodel (which gains spoked wheels, hand guards and an engine cowl) weighs 216kg, which is 1kg heavier than the previous version.The seat has 2mm thicker padding and a slimmed front to make it easier to get your legs down straight, with height reduced by 5mm to 830mm (along with ground clearance to 170mm), while the slimmer tank remains at 20 litres.
An integrated luggage system requires no extra racks and makes for a slimmer profile thanks to the lower-mounted exhaust, though the optional panniers should only be used with the 35 litre top box, not the 55 litre model. The 9mm taller screen has three positions.