The engine makes a claimed 65.7bhp and 44.3ftlb of torque. What this means to buyers is there is plenty kick from the moment you twist the throttle. Exiting out from a junction and up to the national speed limit takes seconds – and not many more seconds to top an Autobahn allowed 100mph and a bit more. Plenty of guts, then, to propel its 223kg mass, with 22-litres of fuel, for safe overtakes and easy pillion work. Cruising at 70mph equates to 4000rpm on the tachometer, which isn’t stressing the motor one jot and returns 45-49mpg at this speed. It powers not just the present V-Strom range, but SV650 and the modern equivalent Gladius.