Adventure motorcycles in particular, haven’t really gripped the Indian market all that much, due to their exorbitant prices and the passion for sports bikes among enthusiasts. But these adventure bikes are huge on potential and can be taken on and off the road without a doubt. While the Suzuki V-Strom has been around in our market for while now, it’s time for an all-important update. Suzuki has already introduced the BS6-compliant V-Strom 650 XT in the Australian market, and is expected to reach Indian shores soon. The new bike was first displayed at the Auto Expo earlier this year, but hadn’t been launched due to the pandemic. We tell you more about the upcoming model.
The detailing and specs
The updated V-Strom 650 XT features a 645cc, V-twin engine has hasn’t seen much of a difference in terms of power. It produces 69bhp and 62Nm of torque. It comes in different colour themes now, like Pearl Brilliant White, Candy Daring Red/Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Oort Grey. However, we’ve noticed a yellow model shown on the company’s Indian website. It will be Suzuki bikes India’s first BS6-compliant big bike.
A case of ergonomics
It’s a really tall bike, thanks to its 19-inch wheels. Dab on the engine button and the engine fires up, sounding strong and lumpy. And we think it fits the bike’s character rather well. The riding position is great, and the bike is maneuverable. The wide seat is comfortable and provides good support. The handlebars are placed well, and with the heightened seating position, you tend to look over most vehicles on the road. But it is, by no means, light. It is well balanced and that makes it boon riding in traffic.
The 1037cc engine has loads of torque on offer and there’s enough punch when you open the throttle. It may be large in size, but that hasn’t hampered performance in any way.
Being a tourer, you can really take this bike to its limit without any fuss. And because of its weight, it stays planted and inspires confidence at high speeds. The tyres provide good grip, and these have been designed keeping in mind the road and rough terrain. It features two levels of traction control that can be turned off as well. ABS is offered too. The instrument panel is neat and functional and comes equipped with a huge analogue rev counter and digital speedometer. It displays ambient temperature and traction control. It also gets an adjustable windscreen visor. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.