We're heading to Spain this week to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, which features new styling more like its big brother, the V-Strom 1000, and updates to the 645cc V-twin engine.
The new engine is of course Euro4 compliant and the fuel injection system is upgraded with 10-point injectors. Other updates include resin-coated pistons and exhaust camshafts from the new SV650 and dual spark heads with high-ignition nickel spark plugs for improved efficiency. There are more than 60 engine component revisions in total.
The 650XT will now come with three-mode traction control from the V-Strom 1000. The rider can select three modes (1,2 and off). Mode 1 has a lower level of intervention applied at a later timing allowing a certain degree of rear wheel spin, while Mode 2 has a higher level of intervention that’s applied instantly, controlling and preventing spin.
The 650XT is differentiated from the standard V-Strom 650 by gold wire-laced wheels and bashplate.
The new 650XT will be available in Champion Yellow, Pearl Glacier White and Glass Sparkle Black.
Suzuki V-Strom 650XT specifications
Engine: 645cc liquid-cooled, DOHV, 90º V-twin
Power (claimed): 71bhp@8,800rpm
Torque (claimed): 45ftlbs@6,500rpm
Frame: ALuminium twin spar
Seat Height: 830mm
Suspension: front telescopic coil spring, oil damped, rear link type, coil spring, oil damped.
Weight: 216kg (dry)
Tank capacity: 20 litres
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