The V-Strom may not thrill, but it is a surprisingly capable and extremely accessible road-going machine. It may weigh more than others in its class, but with a narrow, 800mm-high seat, it is lower than the competition – at 5ft8, I had both feet flat on the ground. It has all the right ingredients to make an excellent commuter.
Suzuki also hopes to target downsizing experienced riders with this model, and the all-day comfort, firm suspension (with preload only rear adjustability) and impressive fuel efficiency of 88.2mpg is sure to win them over.
These downsizing riders may find the low power an issue, but I shouldn’t think it will pose a problem to first time riders. In fact, the unintimidating power makes the V-Strom 250 more accessible – the perfect introduction to road-focused touring.
Model tested: Suzuki V-Strom 250 ABS
Engine: 248cc parallel twin
Power: 25hp @ 8,000rpm
Torque: 17.26lb.ft @ 6,500rpm
Kerb weight: 188kg
Seat height: 800mm