– V-Strom 650XT ABS Review



Try Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS XT



The best-selling mid-size crossover in Italy is renewed look, now more aggressive and adventurous. Riding surprising ease of driving and the fluidity of the cylinder, the more docile than in the past. The ABS is standard. Costa 8,590 €


Just mounted in the saddle, the V-Strom is reassuring: the frame geometry does not change compared to the past; triangulation saddle handlebar footrests is perfect (writer is 180 cm high) and the feeling that transmits is driving it ever since. The fold of the handlebar is slightly closed , saw the street use it is intended for this bike,and the saddle (located at 835 mm from the ground, adjustable up to + or – 20 mm) is very convenient ; It ‘also tapered towards the tip, which helps to rest both feet with ease maneuvering engine off.


The massive front end transmits an idea of ​​solidity and also shielded from the air is optimal; the windshield is adjustable in three positions (although unlike the one mounted on the V-Strom 1000 you can adjust on the move but loosen and tighten four screws) and for long-distance tourist among the options there is one yet more protective.

The engine is quiet and practically vibrates. The distribution of power is surprising; even at low revs this twin not miss a beat , not “Pistona” and is very docile. Qualities that help to make the V-Strom 650 absolutely relaxing to drive, even after many miles in the saddle.

Docile yes, but despite the low displacement engine of the crossover of Hamamatsu never gives the feeling of being weak. The extension is not great but it is not even want to look because the boost to the low and medium revs, that it takes to get her out of the corners and make driving enjoyable, is really substantial and satisfying. Guide that between comfort even from a riding sincere, predictable and effective. The wheel 19 offers a mix between roundness of use and support typical of these bikes, there is lightning in the direction changes the V-Strom, but the balance between the engine and chassis is really top notch.


By the way, the V-Strom is so balanced and predictable in the reactions that transmits safety even off-road. That light of course, because for the most driven, weight and size aside, it would take the demand ABS. The choice of Suzuki is still consistent with the requirement to have the anti-lock system from 2016.  The transmission is a “butter” as is traditional Suzuki and ratios is correct , with the sixth rather long to maintain low engine rpm in motorway journeys.

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