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Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

The baby Strom XT is a well-priced machine with a solid motor, outstanding mpg and new adventure clothes for mucking about in the dirt. I’ve got a load of miles to cover this year and I’m hoping the 650 will make a rock-hard workhorse with a cheeky side for my weekend off-road shenanigans. 

  • Long term update: Is XT worth extra?

    03 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Is XT worth extra?

    The V-Strom seems to be a popular bike and I often get sent questions from owners or potential owners. Here are the most recent and my answers. Bill: I find there is a lot of buffeting, have you...

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  • Long term update: Winterproofing the Strom

    07 January 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Winterproofing the Strom

    Everyone’s doing it. I look around and it’s bar muffs here, heated grips there and cold kit everywhere. And if riders aren’t doing it then it’s because they’re busy tucking their prized possessions...

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  • Long term update: 10,000 mile round-up

    27 November 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: 10,000 mile round-up

    Nearly there... the odometer’s on 9998 and the last digit is heading towards 9. I can’t help but watch, waiting for the clock to ping into a perfect 10,000. I’ve never known why it’s so exciting to...

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  • Long term update: Can the V-Strom dig the dirt?

    07 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Can the V-Strom dig the dirt?

    I’ve been thinking about taking the V-Strom 650 XT off-road since I got the keys earlier this year. Suzuki reckon their V-twin can handle it too, that’s why they’ve attached a set of sturdy crash...

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  • Long term update: A tale of two XTs

    03 September 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: A tale of two XTs

    My friend Bradley quit his job, left his missus, tucked his Honda Hornet in a garage and bought a Yamaha XT660R. He’s leaving next week for a seven-month ride through Europe and Turkey to Georgia. But...

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  • Long term update: A fully loaded weapon

    29 July 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: A fully loaded weapon

    With my panniers still fresh and in need of breaking in, I knew I had to use them at the next available opportunity. So when a group of mates and I decided to head to the New Forest for a camping...

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  • Long term update: Is more bhp always best?

    19 June 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Is more bhp always best?

    As commutes go, my twice-weekly run from Slough to Peterborough is pretty boring; sat upright on motorways, longing for the respite of seven roundabouts, three sharp turns and one long right-hand...

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  • Long term update: A quick change of screen

    30 May 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: A quick change of screen

    I’m getting into the touring spirit. My V-Strom already has heated grips, a fat comfy seat, a pair of panniers and a top box with enough space to move house. There is just one hitch – the screen. It’s...

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  • Long term update: Mongolia or Morrison's

    22 May 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Mongolia or Morrison's

    Adventure bikes are supposed to have panniers. How else am I supposed to carry my gear to the Mongolian Steppe, or bring my shopping home from the shops? Whatever we use them for, hard luggage is...

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