The Suzuki V-Strom 650, which is a mid-sized adventure tourer from Suzuki, the pre-bookings for the improved 2018 Model Year variant has been commenced. Select Suzuki dealerships which have started accepting bookings at the token amount of INR 50,000 has confirmed the same. Altogether, they hinted the arrival of both the V-Strom 650 and 650XT, the top specs variant to the country. Mind you, as of now, the brand is accepting bookings only for the base variant, the V-Strom 650 as the 650 XT’s launch is not confirmed yet. In terms of pricing, both the bikes will carry a price tag inscribed with amount around INR 7-8 lakhs in order to pose a direct competition against the Kawasaki Versys 650.
The standard V-Strom is a road-going version while the V-Strom XT that is a top specs model, meant for off-roading. The onboard features include a three-way adjustable windshield, adjustable traction control, an easy start system and the safety of ABS as standard fitments. In addition to this, the bike is blessed with a cutting-edge technological aspect of Low RPM Assist, which manages engine speed during low speeds and offers seamless power supply during acceleration, which ends up the possibility of engine breakdown due to an overload.
The engine specs for the India bound models are not revealed by the Suzuki yet. However, we can expect the presence of a 645cc, liquid-cooled V-twin engine under the fuel tank of both the bikes. The 2018 V-Strom 650 is based on a twin-spar alloy frame get mounted on long-travel suspension up front in association with a monoshock at the rear. It also gets the aids of rebound and preload adjustability to the rear suspension. While, it runs on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear aluminium spoke wheels borrowed from the last year model, shod up with Bridgestone Battle Wing rubber.
In order to rein this mid-sized adventure tourer, there are twin front discs clamped up with Tokico 2-piston calipers and a single Nissin disc brake at the rear. The seat height for both the variants is similar at 835mm for global spec models, though we could see revised measures considering the average height of riders in India.
The V-Strom 650 on the other hand that is a more off-road focused tourer obtains attributes like handguards, a well-designed engine cowl and Bridgestone Battlax Adventure tubeless tyres, up to par than its competition, the Kawasaki Versys 650. However, they share a similar body weight of 216 kg. The V-Strom 650XT is 3 kg heavier than the based model owing to the added kit. The Kawasaki Versys 650 is priced at INR 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom) that is more affordable as compared to its rival, the V-Strom XT. As similar to other Suzuki flagships likes the Hayabusa and GSX-750, available in India, the V-Strom 650 will also be locally assembled.