The ultimate teaser of the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 happened yesterday when the Suzuki Global website accidentally released all the info on the new bike ahead of its official release date (the info has since been taken down).
News of a revised Suzuki V-Strom 650 have been circulating recently, with teaser pics released almost weekly, but all the hype only led to an anticlimactic revelation that the new V-Strom is mostly a styling revision.
Aside from the refreshed bodywork that looks slimmer and more streamlined, the bike does differ in spec from the old model. Weight is reduced by six kilos to 214 kg (472 lb), seat height is up by 15 mm to 835 mm (32.9 in) and a slimmer fuel tank is down in capacity by two litres, now at 20 litres.
The fairing contains a new instrument panel that includes a multitude of useful info including a road-freeze warning indicator, and the new windscreen is three-way height adjustable.
We’ll see if Suzuki continues the trend set by other manufacturers of revising existing models but either retaining the price or even reducing it slightly over the previous versions — at least that would make amends for all of the hype we’ve had to endure.
Very dissapointed. Hoped for a 1K. Now it’s gonna be a KTM SMT probable. This after 4 Suzuki’s is this the first time they dissapoint me. No one was waiting for a facelift of the 650.
I was – I like it.
Considering that every review of the Vstrom has been positive over the past years, complimenting it’s the best all-round bike except for the windshield and fairing; this new rendition makes sense. Why mess with something good, then take the weak point and improve it. What were you others expecting? another KTM imitation? Some of us need a realistic affordable daily rider.
What, no spoked wheels?
Kinda anti-climactic…I was hoping to hear about an 800cc and a 1100 or 1200cc version…it does look better, and more rugged…I guess I will continue with my paved exploration and check the other options…BMW maybe??
What’s wrong with the 650 motor again?
-need lots of space for cylinder heads
-requires two sets of cam drives (vs. parallel twin)