SUZUKI DL650 V-STROM XT (2017-on) Review

Published: 08 May 2017

Suzuki have made an already good bike great

SUZUKI DL650 V-STROM XT  (2017-on)

Suzuki have made an already good bike great

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Suzuki have taken an already good bike and made it great - not because it boasts all the latest tech, but because it does the simple things even better - and that's all that really matters.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The rear suspension is preload adjustable, with no adjustment available on the forks, but Suzuki have done a great job dialing in the standard settings, which sit on the slightly soft side of plush. On motorways the suspension soaks up the bumps with ease, and isn’t troubled by bigger bumps. When it comes to the cornering the suspension copes just as well, soaking up any bumps and doing a great job of keeping you on your desired line. There’s no dramatic fork drive when you hit the brakes, and the rear shock doesn’t immediately compress when you get on the gas, the bike just remains level and balanced and leaves you to concentrate on the job of riding.

Engine 5 out of 5

The SV650 engine remains as fun and flexible as ever. Making 71bhp it's right at home up near the redline as it is driving out of corners from 3000rpm. On the twisty mountain roads in Tarragona, Spain the V-Strom almost turned into a scooter thanks to the flexibility of the engine. Stick it in third gear and it'll drive out of tight 20mph hairpins without bogging down. There are a few tingles through the bars and seat at around 7000rpm, but nothing too intrusive. The V-twin engine used in the V-Strom should go down as one of the best engines of all time.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The SV65-based engine has been around since the nineties and is pretty bulletproof. Suzuki used to have a slightly iffy reputation when it came to finishing, but that's no longer the case.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

If you told me the V-STrom 650XT cost just shy of £9000 I wouldn't be entirely surprised, nor would I turn my nose up. At £7899 it's great value for money, and if you're being honest with yourself it's likely all the bike you'll ever need.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The V-Strom 650XT certainly isn't in the same league as the top adventure bikes when it comes to gizmos, but it doesn't need them. You get ABS and traction control as standard and the screen is adjustable with allen keys. A 12V socket is now standard but heated grips (a £270 option) and cruise control are absent and would make sense on a bike that's likely going to be used on long trips and in all weathers.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £7,899
Used price £6,600 to £8,100
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 71 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 645cc
Engine type 90 degree liquid-cooled V-twin
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 216kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable conventional forks
Rear suspension Monoshock adjustable for preload
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs with twin-piston sliding calipers
Rear brake 260mm disc with single pot pin sliding caliper
Front tyre size 110/80R19M
Rear tyre size 150/70R17M

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