Suzuki V-Strom 650 first ride

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The new Suzuki V Strom 650 is currently being tested in Croatia, by MCN’s Phil West, these are his first impressions:

“We’ve just ridden about 150 miles, along the spectacular Dalmatian coast, and then inland into the mountains behind Split.  And so far, despite my initial scepticism,  I have to say I’m impressed. In the flesh the new bodywork and styling is impressively and classily done, and instantly makes the old, V Strom look out dated and bland.

“The new fairing gives really good weather protection, revised ergonomics and a new seat make it very comfortable as intended, and there’s a whole new range of accessories which although they don’t all hit the mark, most are very good.

“What’s less difficult to evaluate is the new engine, which although now based on the Gladius, is difficult to distinguish from the old V Strom without the benefit of a back to back test – that said it’s still able and user friendly. While the chassis is mostly unchanged too, and although a little basic there’s not that much wrong with it. Overall though it’s much classier, more versatile, and still really good value.”

For the full test see next week’s MCN.

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