Suzuki updates V-Strom 650 range to look more like V-Strom 1000

Traction control, more power and new styling for V-Strom 650

Suzuki updates V-Strom 650 range to look more like V-Strom 1000

SUZUKI has revealed these updated versions of its V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT, with styling more like the V-Strom 1000.

As well as the new look, the 645cc V-twin middleweight adventure bikes have gained traction control and achieve a boost in power from 68hp to 70hp while meeting the latest Euro4 emission limits with the help of an updated fuel injection system according to Suzuki.

Both the V-Strom 650 (pictured above) and the more adventure-style V-Strom 650XT, with handguards and belly pan, gain the ‘easy start system’ from the SV650, which means you push and release the start button once and the starter motor does the rest.

Both also get Suzuki’s ‘Low RPM Assist’, designed to help novices avoid stalling by automatically increasing revs slightly as the clutch is released.

The windscreen now has three-position adjustment and the instrument panel is more like the V-Strom 1000’s, according to Suzuki.

A power socket has been added and there’s a new optional three-case luggage system lockable with the ignition key.

Suzuki says the styling is inspired by the DR-Z Dr Big, with ‘slim’ bodywork, new handguards on the XT, vertically stacked headlights and LED tail lights.

The exhaust has been updated and claimed peak torque has risen from 44lbft to 45.7lbft.

Both versions come in red, yellow or black.

The new V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT were revealed today the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany.

The 2017 V-Strom 650 XT