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Suzuki DL650 V-Strom Xpedition

Detail Value
New price £7,455
Used price range View Suzuki DL650 V-STROM bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 645 cc
Power 65 bhp
Top speed 124.7 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4.5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The £7300 Xpedition is based on the long-serving and successful 650 V-strom (2010 £6399 ABS model), but kitted out with a bunch of accessories – approximately £1250 worth – to give it a new look and role. And, funnily enough, that look is from the expanding group of practical, go anywhere adventure bikes. And its present role is to lug home and office on every type of road and gravelly bits in between. There is absolutely nothing bad to say about the bike and, as far as the engine and chassis go, Suzuki’s middleweight deserves a long service award.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

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.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Efficient and reliable are frequently used to describe 650 V-Strom. Yeah, even the chassis is spot on to give a solid feel to the ride allied with lazy but predictable steering. Sat up high on the seat with knees barely troubled you get a good view of the view ahead and perfectly laid out dash. Unfortunately you’ll also cop windblast from the screen with it set on the lowest of two height positions. Set on its highest gives ears a better time, but we’d still recommend the taller accessory screen.


MCN rating rating is 4.5
Owners' rating rating is 5

As well as ABS braking, an array of Suzuki accessories is rigidly bolted as standard kit around the Expedition’s chassis: two removable and lockable aluminium panniers (82-litre capacity), aluminium engine bash plate, crash bars, centrestand and hand guards. Heated grips and taller screen would have been deal-sealing touches, maybe next year… Compare and buy parts for the V-Strom in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Like the advent of the tank, the V-Strom range keeps on rolling. Subsequent changes in spec ensure the Suzuki’s popularity – Suzuki GB now lists four models in its present range. While the engine and gearbox are nuclear proof, it pays to keep on the often side of cleaning. Fasteners are known to show corrosion after winter riding and for some reason brake discs are often seen with rust spots. Grease the nuts and bolts and spray maintenance oil everywhere – apart from the brake system – is the general consensus amongst owners.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

If all the accessory parts used to make the Xpedition were to be bought separately it would cost a fake pound or two – approximately £1250 worth. But as these parts are worthwhile for commuting-plus duties the Xpedition’s £7300 is justified especially when compared to a bog standard £7780 BMW F800GS. Find a Suzuki V-Strom for sale.


Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2004: Suzuki unveiled the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom; a smaller sibling of the 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
Specs and performance data.

Other Versions

£5999 V-Strom 650X – bash plate, crash bars, hand guards
£6399 V-Strom 650A – features ABS
£6999 V-Strom 650GT – plastic colour-coded panniers and topbox, heated grips, hand guards


Top speed 124.7 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 65 bhp
Max torque 44.3 ft-lb
Weight 223 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 227 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 645 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled 8v DOHC four-stroke 90° V-twin
Frame Cast aluminium trellis frame
Front suspension adjustment Preload adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Rebound damping and remote preload adjustment
Front brakes 2 x 310 front discs with twin-piston sliding calipers (ABS)
Rear brake 260mm rear disc with single-piston caliper (ABS)
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(1 review)

  • v-strom dl650ak09 GT


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned a v-strom for 18 mounths it is Ideal for touring with a pillion and luggage on a budget having done 8000 miles it has averaged 65MPG this is on and off motorways exellent all rounder. thanks Suzuki.

    19 October 2010


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A little belter

Bought dl650x new in 2007 with hand guards, engine bars and bash plate fitted as standard. Added a top box to hold my gear and went touring, that's what this bike excels at. The engine is a delight with the power in the right place and the gearbox is slick. Back tyre changed at 8600 miles the front will do 10,000. On a recent tour of 350 miles the bike averaged 73 mpg travelling at legal speeds. That's over 300 miles on a tank full and thats just great at todays petrol prices. Good protection from the screen after I adjusted the height to suit me. Very well pleased --- roll on the good weather.

04 February 2011 16:38

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