Suzuki Motorcycle India seems to be on a roll. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer had just launched the Burgman Street a month ago and now it has a new motorcycle. The new motorcycle is the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS. It is priced at Rs 7.46 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. There are two colour options available – Pearl Glacier White as well as Champion Yellow. The motorcycle comes in as a CKD which means, it is assembled here. Bookings have started and deliveries are expected to begin in a few months time.
Is it a new engine powering the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS?
Yes, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS has a new 645cc V-twin liquid cooled engine. This motor makes 72PS of power and 62Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. As part of the safety aids, Suzuki offers dual channel ABS, two traction control modes with a switchable function.
Given that the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS is the hardcore touring model, it comes with hand guards, engine under belly protection and tubeless Bridgestone Battalax tyres on spoked wheels. There is a 20-litre fuel tank for those long distance excursions. Suzuki has used its Easy Start system in the V-Strom 650. The V-Strom 650 weighs in at 216kg and gets conventional telescopic forks in the front while the rear has a pre-load adjustable monoshock. The seat height of the V-Strom 650XT is 835mm.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS gets a multi-function instrument panel that incorporates the speedometer, odometer, fuel level, coolant temperature, gear position, battery voltage, traction-control modes. There is also a 12V DC outlet as a standard feature. One can plug their phone for charging or for using the navigation maps.
Competition for the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS?
The Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS squares up against the Kawasaki Versys 650. However, the Kawasaki is more of an on-road motorcycle than off-road. Additionally, apart from ABS, it doesn’t get any electronic aids as well. We believe this will enable the Suzuki to have an upper hand as it can be used extensively on and off-road. However, the Versys 650 is priced significantly lower than the Suzuki at Rs 6.69 lakh.