June 21, 2011
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 Type4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90°V-TwinBore x Stroke81.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)Engine Displacement645 cm3 (40.2 cu.in)Compression Ratio11.2 : 1CarburetionFuel injectionOil Capacity (overhaul)3.0 L (3.2 / 2.6 US / Imp qt)Starter SystemElectronic ignition (Transistorized)Lubrication SystemWet sumpTransmission6-speed constant meshPrimary Reduction Ratio2.088 (71 / 34)Final Reduction Ratio3.133 (47 / 15)Rake/Trail26°/ 110 mm (4.3 in)SuspensionFrontTelescopic, coil spring, oil dampedRearLink type, coil spring, oil dampedBrakesFrontDisc, twinRearDiscTiresFront110/80R19M/C 59HRear150/70R17M/C 69HFuel tank20.0 L (5.3 / 4.4 US / Imp gal)Overall length2,290 mm (90.2 in)Overall Width835 mm (32.9 in)Overall height1,405 mm (55.3 in)Wheelbase1,560 mm (61.4 in)Seat height835 mm (32.9 in)Curb mass214 kg (472 lbs)
Time For Real AdventuresThe 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 FeaturesCompact, 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.