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New Suzuki V-Strom 650 Pictures and Specifications Hit the Web

When we woke up this morning here on the West Coast, we started to receive email from readers alerting us to the fact that the new Suzuki V-Strom (carefully teased by the manufacturer over the last several weeks) had been fully revealed on a Suzuki web site.  We had a link to full specifications and pictures  (although, the pictures are hardly larger than thumbnails).  The pictures and specs have spread like wild fire (as is the norm with the Internet today).

So what is new? The engine is the same displacement, although in a slightly different tune.  The suspension pieces appear to be largely unchanged, and the claimed weight has dropped by 13 pounds.  In many ways, this appears to be the same old V-Strom 650 with new plastic and instrumentation.  The bodywork does look much better (in our opinion), and it is apparently narrower, including a slightly smaller fuel tank (down two liters or roughly 1/2 U.S. gallon).

Suzuki says it put great effort into designing the three-way adjustable wind screen, and there is some useful information provided by a new instrumentation panel (details below).  Wheel sizes appear to be the same, including 17″ rear and 19″ front.

The following is directly from Suzuki’s “global” web site.

Engine Type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90°V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 81.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)
Engine Displacement 645 cm3 (40.2 cu.in)
Compression Ratio 11.2 : 1
Carburetion Fuel injection
Oil Capacity (overhaul) 3.0 L (3.2 / 2.6 US / Imp qt)
Starter System Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication System Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.088 (71 / 34)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.133 (47 / 15)
Rake/Trail 26°/ 110 mm (4.3 in)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Tires Front 110/80R19M/C 59H
Rear 150/70R17M/C 69H
Fuel tank 20.0 L (5.3 / 4.4 US / Imp gal)
Overall length 2,290 mm (90.2 in)
Overall Width 835 mm (32.9 in)
Overall height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Wheelbase 1,560 mm (61.4 in)
Seat height 835 mm (32.9 in)
Curb mass 214 kg (472 lbs)

Time For Real Adventures
The spirit of adventure beckons you to new destinations. To new sights, sounds and sensations. The V-Strom 650 ABS is built to get you there with more enjoyment and excitement, in greater comfort. Performance. Handling. Styling. Redesigned throughout. Upgraded throughout. The V-Strom 650 ABS. Time for real adventures.

V-Strom 650 ABS Features

  • Compact, slim styling featuring a vivid combination of expressive painted sections and functional black resin components accentuates the sporty profile.
  • The sporty, dynamic front fairing houses compact dual multi-reflector headlight delivering superb light distribution.
  • Stylish and functional front air intakes and side air outlets contribute to both looks and rider comfort.
  • 3-way height-adjustable windscreen, carefully shaped with extensive wind tunnel testing, efficiently reduces wind noise and rider fatigue.
  • Comfortable riding position composed with a well-shaped seat, slim 20-liter fuel tank and compactly tucked-in frame covers make the rider feel at one with the machine.

  • Functional seat, combining red-stitched leather-look sections and suede-look, slip-resistant surfaces, and topped with an embossed V-Strom logo.
  • The upswept muffler, topped with a silver cover and a buffed-finish end cap is gracing the rear end.
  • Lightweight resin luggage carrier comes with a slip-resistant rubber mat and is one piece with well-shaped, easy-to-grasp grab bars.
  • Instruments with an analog tachometer and brightness-adjustable LCD speedometer. LCD readouts include odometer, dual trip meter, gear position, coolant and ambient temperature, average fuel consumption, fuel gauge and clock.
  • Switching between LCD readings can be done with the left handlebar switch.
  • LED indicators include a road freeze warning indicator which, together with the ambient temperature display, helps riders’ awareness of road conditions.
  • 645cm3 V-Twin engine features broad torque delivery, signature V-Twin power pulses and sporty quick-revving high rpm range power surges for a full-range riding enjoyment.
  • Efficient engine designs deliver high mileage and class-leading riding range.

  • Radiator with a more compact core, flanked by wind-directing plates shaped with holes* for enhancing cooling efficiency and allowing hot radiator air to flow out to the side air outlets and away from the rider’s legs.(*Suzuki-patented design.)
  • The fuel injection system uses fine-atomization 10-hole fuel injectors for high combustion efficiency.
  • The 6-speed transmission is tailored for active sporty rides with tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios, while keeping highway cruises comfortable with a tall top gear.
  • A high-speed 32-bit ECU controls Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system, contributing to enhanced low-to-mid rpm range torque, a linear throttle response and lower emissions.
  • Twin iridium spark plugs for each cylinder heighten the spark strength and combustion efficiency, contributing to increased power, a more linear throttle response, easier engine start-up and a more stable idle.
  • Suzuki-developed and patented Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) contributes to easy cold starting, stable idle and lower emissions.

  • Lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm contribute to smooth handling performance and well-poised running at high-speeds.
  • Spring-preload-adjustable 43mm-stanchion-tube front forks and link-type rear suspension with rebound stepless damping adjuster as well as a preload adjuster.
  • 19-inch front and 17-inch rear radial tires specifically designed for the V-Strom 650 ABS.
  • Front dual 310mm-disc brakes and rear 260mm-disc brake deliver smooth, controllable stopping power. Expansion-resistant high-pressure brake hose enhances the responsive brake feel.
  • Antilock Brake System (ABS)* unit features a lightweight, compact design. The ABS monitors wheel speed, and matches stopping power to available traction.
    *Please note that ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves and corners.

  • Transponder-type Suzuki Advanced Immobilizer System (SAIS) helps prevent theft with an electronic code ID system built into the owner’s key.(excluding North American specifications)
  • A wide selection of Suzuki Genuine Accessories, designed for a smooth, easy fit with the V-Strom 650 ABS, adds to both adventure tourer profile and function.

110 Comments

  1. Two Plugs says:

    Despite the fact that I’m a real Honda-man, I think – no I am convinced! – that Suzuki has made an spot-on decision with this overhaul of it’s most successful model; listening to their customers demands. Look what Honda did: they destroyed the Transalp, deleted the Africa Twin legacy and fed us up with an totally unwanted ‘adventurous’ trim on a ’98 based VFR Interceptor selling it as ‘The All New Crossrunner’. Unwanted, ugly, thirsty and (over) expensive.

    You guys should praise Suzuki for what they did. Is an 800cc adventurous bike a better choice than the Soes 650? I don’t think so if you look at the huge price difference between a full spec Triumph Tiger 800 XC or a full spec BMW F800GS.

    I have tested the old Strom 650 in the Belgian Ardennes and despite the fact that I’m used to a big, 100 Bhp Honda Varadero (the bike which the Strom DL1000 was mend to compete on the EU market) I never had the feeling that the Strom 650 had lack of power – not at all.

    The fuel injection was (in those days) one of the best you could get.

  2. randy says:

    The Wee divides motorcyclists into two groups – those that are content with soft performance and low power to weight, and those who think lively performance is a necessary component of the bikes they own. To each their own, why get bothered if someone has different requirements then you?

    I’ve test ridden two Wee’s looking to possibly buy but can’t get around the wee engine performance. Truly a bump to 750 or 800cc would have made them more universal. Like them otherwise and even (gads!) don’t mind the styling.

    The Versys on the other hand does hurt my eyes but it sits nice, and feels loads lighter. Now if I can find one to test ride…

  3. Rick says:

    Gentlemen, I can’t believe the comments here. It’s ok if you don’t care for the wee, but there’s no bashing to be done. This bike has been a Suzuki staple for years. I have the ’07 and been nothing but pleased. And I own an ’09 KLR as well. Two different classes altogether as far as I’m concerned. The BMW 800 GS? Love it. Wished I could get one. 650′s just as cool frankly. I did look at the Kaw Versys a couple of months ago and was quite impressed with the sportier design, but ultimately didn’t feel like it was enough to rid myself of the Wee. I do like this new design of the Wee, and again, may not be for everyone, but definitely a great bike I’m sure. We all love our individual cycles, but the important things is, we all love motorcycles right? ’nuff disagreements with politics, religion, etc.

    • Ed says:

      Rick, bashing looks to be reasonable in this case. Suzuki teased us for weeks about a ‘new V-Strom’. this mild update of the old unit is far from new. Shortening the range and increasing the seat height don’t make it more of an adventure bike. The reduced range handicaps it compared to last year’s Strom. Calling a narowed tank and new shrouds a redesign is a poor marketing plow in my opinion. Adding the security chip to the key is another bad idea. Has been a major pain for the high dollar adventure bikes. Stroms can now fail just like Beemers.

      I love bikes too, just don’t like having my chain yanked by a marketing department when engineering does not have real improvements in the offering.

  4. Tommy See says:

    The last 3 comments make me smile! I`ve owned an 05 and now an 09.
    Suzuki has a 650 following and they have won with this new design.
    They are not after the KLR group or the 800 plus crowd.
    Marketing has a machine that offers what the mass wants.
    Reliable, fuel efficient and bang for the buck.
    Plus better looks! You win Suzy. I want won !

    • Nicholas Weaver says:

      Our household owns one of the first-of-the-dealer-lot VStrom 650s. Its the GF’s. We love it. And both my and the GF’s reaction was, well: “Meh”.

      They didn’t drop weight beyond the savings from shrinking the tank.

      They didn’t add any more power of note (yes, the WeeStrom has all the power you NEED, but we’d WANT more. :) ).

      They didn’t make it better off road, OR change the tires to something better on-road.

      They RAISED the seat (BOO).

      Basically, if something happened to her strom, we’d probably replace it with a Versys, not another strom. At least the Versys is lighter and takes better rubber if you are sticking to things called “roads”.

  5. Jeremy in TX says:

    I think the new look is a huge improvement. And while I have never ridden a Strom 650, owners seem to be pretty enthusiastic about them, and I see quite a few on the roads.

    Suzuki had a decision to make as to whether it was wisest to do a complete redesign with bumped capacity to go head-to-head witht the 800 Tiger & GS (at a similar price point, which would be a gripe to people who seem to think that Japan should be capable of producing premium products at garage sales prices), or freshen up a proven product and offer a low-cost alternative. I think they will probably do just fine with the little Strom and may even surprise us in the next couple of years with something that is a little more upmarket.

    The Strom is a little too heavy for its engine output to make it on my shortlist, but it is a solid offering for people keeping an eye on their disposable incomes.

  6. Bob W, says:

    A lot of pissing and moaning going on here, as elsewhere. Why don’t we wait and see how it performs?

  7. LMJS says:

    Suzuki know exactly what they are doing. They are maintaining their first generation of V-Strom riders and once again establishing a new generation of V-Strom riders. Compare the complaints section of the V-Strom enthusiast websites with those of the F800 or F650 websites. The F800 and the F650 have, on average about 3 recalls for each bike, some have far more than that. The V-Stroms have far, far fewer. None of the self-destructing chains, wheel bearings, steering head bearings, coolant hose problems, collapsing air filter problems, paint quality control problems, cracking gas tanks (some have done it twice), fuel indicator problems, stalling issues, wet weather riding issues, etc… that the BMW F800 and F650′s have had. What you get is a bike that matches the F650 twin in real world performance and for a couple of thousand dollars less.

    • Ayk says:

      You’re comparing a DL that debuted in 2004 with the first-year F650/800GS. Yes, they had teething problems, but BMW took care of them and many were limited to small production runs. Of the problems you list, my F800GS has had exactly one of them. And lest you scare the masses with the cracked gas tank crack…it’s purely cosmetic, limited to the outer layer of the tank. Matching performance? Maybe for the F650GS, but not the F800GS where only BMW and Triumph compete. I don’t think it’s unrealistic for one of four Japanese players to step up with a real player in the middleweight adv-bike class. Heck, I might have bought an 660 Tenere if Yamaha had put a few on a boat for us.

  8. Jarett says:

    It’s not a “true adventure bike”. It still has mag wheels. I thought we were to get a new segment. An actual adventure bike..

  9. klrman says:

    Looks like a nice evolution of the wee-strom. Many folks are looking for a less-expensive, less techno alternative to the BMW and Triumph 800s. The 650 twin is reliable, provides more than adequate performance, and is very easy on gas. This bike fits a nice niche and sells quite well, so I think Suzuki knows exactly what they are doing. The new aesthetic is definitely a bit less frumpy than the old one, and who can complain about 13 fewer pounds? I’m interested to see if the black plastic trim around the fairing and radiator serves any sort of impact or “tip-over” protection, which would nice (though no substitute for crash bars), or is at least inexpensive to replace if cracked. Hopefully there will be a simliar update for the big Strom and it will finally include ABS.

  10. Mike Dougherty says:

    If the seat and the screen are better, those will be welcome improvements. Tweaks in the instruments are nice. Looks kind of lie a Versys.

    Sure you can buy a Triumph or BMW, but the V-Strom is still a fantastic deal for folks who want a great bike and don’t want their kids taking out student loans.

  11. Bob says:

    Thats really not much more exciting than the ever popular “bold new graphics”

  12. Dennis says:

    Imagine if they had made this a 800. They could have increased the price, improved the quality, and still competed well with Triumph and BMW while giving us real and varied choices. This is nothing worth teasing us about.

    • Tom R says:

      Amen. Clearly, Triumph and BMW have little to fear from the formally fearsome Japanese manufacturers. For the moment the towel has been woefully tossed into the ring, and that is truely sad.

    • Don says:

      Isn’t having and two 800′s and this 650 “giving us real and varied choices” rather than three 800′s in the same price range with the same features? If you want a higher spec/priced bike buy the Triumph or BMW, if you want something more basic and less expensive buy the V Strom. Suzuki built this bike for a specific, defined market, not to appeal to a few armchair motorcyclists who wouldn’t even consider buying this type of bike.

  13. monsterduc1000 says:

    Yet another disgustingly ugly bike from Suzuki…

    • DualSportRider says:

      That’s true, and sad. Even sadder is that it looks better than anything from Honda today. I think the product managers are just having fun with us, wondering how ugly they can make a bike that people will still buy.

      • MikeD says:

        “I think the product managers are just having fun with us, wondering how ugly they can make a bike that people will still buy.”

        +1.

  14. Tom R says:

    This model “update” is the warmover of warmovers.

    But I understand why. The Japanese have simply been run over by BMW and to a lesser degree by other manufacturers in the cool, hi-tech, pricy “adventure-ish” bike market. Could they produce an competitive product (performance and desire-wise) for a price point that buyers expect of Suzuki and the others? No way. The very idea is a non-starter, at least for now.

    And the four companies from the far east know this. Even Yamaha’s admirable effort with the Super Tenere couldn’t be more cautious. A year after its debut one still cannot even see one at a dealer, and this would have been the case even without an earthquake and tsunami. There seems to be such a fear failure regarding this segment that they will at most dip their toes into it.

    • MikeD says:

      “Even Yamaha’s admirable effort with the Super Tenere couldn’t be more cautious. A year after its debut one still cannot even see one at a dealer, and this would have been the case even without an earthquake and tsunami. There seems to be such a fear failure regarding this segment that they will at most dip their toes into it.”

      +1.

  15. Ron says:

    Looks like I keep my old DL650, though this one sure looks nice. Raising the seat height on this new one is a huge deal for me since I am only 5’3″. I have an ’07 DL650 and they put a lowering link to the max and had to adjust the suspension down including taking some fluid out of the forks!! Even with all that, I am on my tiptoes. Except for cruisers and some of the 200cc dualsports, I am pretty much without options for a bike anymore. I originally wanted big bore dualsport but definitely could never sit on one. With the Japanese being generally shorter people, why the heck do they make such tall bikes?? What do they ride? They should bring back some versions of the classic styles from the 60′s – ’90′s for us short people so we can again have some choices.

    • AdrianK says:

      @Ron: They do make smaller bikes, they just don’t import them here. The sweetest little thing I ever laid eyes on was a CB400N with Ohlins suspension stock off the showroom floor in Kuala Lumpur. It looked like a 3/4 scale sportbike.

    • rojaws says:

      VStrom is not sold in Japan, it’s for foreign markets.

  16. Eric says:

    Yea , Suzuki sure doesent know what its doing. They only win every superbike race ever , supercross and motocross championships, gncc and works championships. Ricky Charmichael , ryan dungey , matt mladin , Ben spies , kenny robert jr . Oh yea the man decoster for all you old fart complainers. Bmw ???? just cant seem to think of there championships off the top of my head , Triumph same…….. So we know who really spends the money on r an d testing , that would be Suzuki Ill take a v strom 650 and moto round anyone on it any time.

    • MikeD says:

      Lay off the Blue&White KoolAid…(-_- )’…Who cares what happens on a stinking track when most of us ride on the STREET on STREET BIKES ? Yeah…get some.