Suzuki has confirmed the rumours of a new, adventure-ready version of the V-Strom 650 and released the bike at Intermot.
This is your basic 650 Strom with one key difference: The 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel are spoked, instead of the cast rims that come on standard Stroms. That makes this bike much more able off-road.
Hrmm … wonder where they got that idea? Maybe from the CMG V-Strom project bike? You can read about our experiences with this sort of project here.
Along with the new hoops (supposedly designed to accomodate tubeless tires), there’s restyled bodywork, with the ever-popular “adventure beak.” Suzuki threw that feature on the revised V-Strom 1000 last year, saying they originated the style when they built the old-school DR Big back in the 1980s.
Naturally, the Strom also has a long list of accessories available – aluminum luggage, crash bars, etc. These seem to be the same bits that are available for the standard Strom, as it’s essentially the same machine except for wire wheels and some bodywork.
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