Small-displacement adventure bikes are officially a “thing” now, with Honda and now Suzuki unveiling 250 ADV machines at the EICMA show this week.
Yesterday, Honda announced their long-anticipated CRF250 Rally. Today, Suzuki fired back with confirmation and details of their V-Strom 250 model that we first heard about on the Chinese show circuit.
The V-Strom label is a bit of a misnomer; while the new 250 shares the styling of its bigger 650 and 1000 brothers, it has a parallel-twin engine, not a V-twin. The motor is the same unit used in the GSX-250R, derived from the made-in-China GW250 that’s been on the market for a few years now. Suzuki rates the engine at 25 hp and 23.4 Nm of torque, and it has a six-speed transmission.
The new Strom supposedly sees very economical fuel consumption, with a claimed 500-km range from its 17-litre tank — a figure that ought to interest frugal ADVers everywhere.
Thoughtful touches include a USB power charging socket, and an aluminum rack with 8.5 kg load limit.
Unfortunately, spoked wheels don’t seem to be available for the new V-Strom, at least not yet. All we’ve seen so far is cast rims. However, with spoked wheels available for the 650 and 1000 versions, perhaps they’ll be in the future for the 250 as well.
Pricing and availability dates haven’t been confirmed for any market; we haven’t been told it’s coming to Canada yet, but we’ll likely hear soon.
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