SR75 World Team Suzuki celebrate Arenacross success with tricked-up V-Strom 650 XT

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Suzuki are celebrating their multiple Arenacross titles with a very special V-Strom 650XT inspired by the firm’s RM-Z450 motocross racer.

The one-off V-twin adventurer made its public debut at the 2022 Adventure Bike Rider (ABR) Festival in the grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate, in Warwickshire and was prepped by the SR75 World Team Suzuki racing outfit – who have amassed five Arenacross UK rider titles.

“Getting to grips with the V-Strom was really exciting and it made an interesting project,” SR75 team owner, Geoff Walker, said. “We’ve turned our hands to a few projects in the past, but normally they’re older RM and RM-Z models, so this was something a bit different.”

The team began by taking the standard 19in and 17in wheels and replacing them with a 21in and 18in respectively. These rims have been fitted with Envy hubs made specifically for the bike and shod with Pirelli MC 360 motocross tyres.

For more ground clearance, they’ve also raised the chassis with some bespoke in house suspension tweaks, plus uprated springs.

“The Envy wheel set is a work of art, truly, and are absolutely bespoke to this build, and the whole look is only completed through the fine work of the crew at GP Grafix who have done an amazing job,” Walker added.

But it’s not all about rims and suspension, with new handlebar risers allowing Renthal bars and handguards straight from the RM-Z450. A set of RM-Z foot pegs have also been modified to fit – providing more grip for your boots whilst off-road.

What’s more, you also get a custom seat from Californian firm Motoseat – which is said to have been ribbed to create a more optimum riding position over rough terrain.

Providing a little more bark is an FMF titanium exhaust can mated to modified headers and to stop any unwanted damage, there’s a heavy-duty sump guard. There’s also a lighter battery and restyled bodywork to slim down the rear end.

Geoff Walker continued: “We’ve got some big plans to do some cool things with it this summer. And for any V-Strom owners looking to recreate or take inspiration, we’d be happy to help with parts and share our knowhow.”

Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

News Editor, sportsbike nut, and racing fan.