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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

As a fun, realistic alternative to a licence-bashing sports middleweight, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom's on to a winner. That engine is sublime, with mountains of really useable power where you want it. To an extent, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is built to a budget, but it’s a real performer. Cost-effective and versatile, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is well worth a second glance.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The retuned SV650 engine is the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom's strongest feature. Tweaked for more midrange, boy it delivers. Peak torque kicks in at 7600rpm but anywhere between 4-9000rpm will have you grinning like a maniac. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom offers smooth, fuel-injected power delivery and a top speed of around 125mph… Fantastic.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Comfortable, fun and truly versatile, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom can be taken anywhere. Handling’s good enough for fast, twisty roads; protection’s ample for motorways; and the riding position’s perfect for urban commutes. Brakes, suspension and gearing are all good. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom's sturdy chassis makes it stable and it turns quickly. Don’t take it off road though.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom's seat’s wide and comfortable with ample room for a pillion and luggage for touring (although ground clearance can be a bit hairy, two up into sharp corners). The mirrors are excellent and the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom's adjustable screen works well until it rains, when it lets water through, doh!

Suzuki DL650 V-Strom (2004-2010)

Detail Value
New price £6,125
Dealer used prices
£2,790 (2005) - £4,390 (2010)
Private used prices
£2,510 (2005) - £4,280 (2010)
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Engine size 645 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Overall build quality is fine but the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom needs a bash plate to protect the engine and exhaust system from being destroyed by road crud. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom engine’s just wonderful, and very reliable, but does send some vibes through the bars and pegs.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is a tourer, a sportsbike and a commuter all handily wrapped together in one. Against other, trail-style middleweights, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom has a very competitive price tag and you’re really getting a top all-rounder for your money. Excellent tank range, low insurance group, slow tyre wear and an easily-serviced engine make for good, real world savings. Find a Suzuki DL650 V-Strom for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2004: Suzuki unveiled the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom; a smaller sibling of their 1000cc version. The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, cosmetically, is virtually identical to the Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom but has a lower seat and weighs around 20kg less.

Other Versions

Suzuki DL650 V-Strom Touring: Launched in late 2005, this version of the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom has a centrestand, hand guards, heated grips and a top box as standard.

2011: V-Strom 650A (ABS model) available for £6,535

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 40 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 218 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 645 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 260mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(23 reviews)

  • Great all-rounder, despite its looks.

    oxfordsnowman

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Overall: looks like angry wasp with bloated thorax. Looks better with top case at rear -this balances out the bloated thorax. Top case doesn't seem to affect handling. Mine's a matt black post-nuclear holocaust Mad Max future bike, although I've drawn the line at a rabbit-skin saddle and shotgun holster so it's not the Full Monty. Great riding position. Seat not comfortable, I may fit a gel pad. Fuel economy/tank range A1. Engine: gutsy with pleasing V-twin burble at low revs, very eager at high revs. Ride: pretty good, but you can feel the bumps at times. Handling: great, encourages enthusiastic cornering (bike's capabilities way beyond my own). Equipment: I bought an 06 Touring model with heated grips, centre stand and top case -all very handy. Bad buffeting with standard screen for those over 6' -Cee Baileys screen fixes this. ABS now available on new bikes. Quality: overall, not bad. Way below, eg BMWs, for durability ...wash, oil and spray all over with WD40 regularly to reduce tendency to corrode. Reliability: seems fine, vg good starter, whatever the weather. Value: compared with other bikes, seems OK. Buying a year or two old =bargain, but occasional good deals on new bikes -try to get a top case and centre stand (can be a devil to fit -leave it to dealer) and maybe heated grips.

    10 August 2007

  • good first bike

    johnneil1970

    Average rating rating is 4

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    i have only had my full licence for 6 months. and as a first bike the dl 650 v strom is a good learner safe good height for motorway riding .good round twisty roads. I will keep for couple of years and move up to a bigger bike

    06 July 2007

  • Great bike, does everything!

    delgodfrey

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got mine a year ago and use it everyday for my commute from Kent to London. Good riding position, very comfortable, good power, great tank rage (210 miles+) and very reliable. I have done over 12,500 miles and the bike has not had a single problem - in fact I'm still on the same set of Bridgestone Trail Wings! I don't, however, thrash it around but do give it some if I need to. I was thinking (due to milage) that I might change it soon - but I honestly don't think I would find anything better. Great bike, love it! Strengths: Comfort, Power, reliability and Tank Range. Weaknesses: I like the looks, some don't.

    21 July 2006

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casperdog777

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V Strom 650 real world...

I think there are certain bikes that define a whole marque or class of bike and the V Strom 650 is to my mind the quintessential adventure tourer for the real world. Suzuki have got to be impressed to re -launch the Xpedition version in 2010. This is a superb all rounder... I made a You Tube video review of mine, totally unscripted but worth a look I hope.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyqyhKJkx3g A superb bike and you will love it if you get one - promise ;-)

08 June 2011 17:39

plainsimple

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The Praise Goes On And On

Fantastic bike! I've clocked 4000 miles from brand new just within 4 months! Simply couldn't help it. Very comfortable, agile and offers excellent torque! I love its looks as well!

Beauty!

 

03 November 2008 17:10

Tribal-Wolf

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New Weestrom Colour

My new strom, love the bike and cant recommend it enough. Probably not good for short people though. Good for people who don't want to have to thrash a bike to get decent performance. :smile

10 October 2008 17:54

Skan

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DL 650

Great bike, good value for money, very comfy and reliable. Unfortunately crashed it last month and I think it is beyond repair:wacko:

01 March 2008 10:05

asphaltscraper

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Great commuter

This is a bike I should have gotten years ago. After owning a few SV's I know the motor is pretty much bulletproof. The chassis and seating position are perfect for me and the handling has truly surprised me. It is far more capable on the street than I expected, a very pleasant surprise. The is the bike I have wanted to have as a commuter for a long time, I am very happy with it.

13 September 2007 13:43

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