– Comparative- Suzuki V-Strom ABS XT/ Honda NC750X / Kawasaki Versys 650



Comparative- Suzuki V-Strom ABS XT/ Honda NC750X / Kawasaki Versys 650 


There are three models that mean the gateway to the world of medium-powered bike, the transition to a new world.

The trail segment has a significant weight on the charts across Europe and Portugal is no exception. The displacement medium occupy a prominent place in the preferences of Portuguese riders, and after a number of years in which the scooters had the primacy in terms of sales, the maturing of the market will consolidate the sales of other segments, with the trail to emerge as first option in the transition scooter / great bike.


Finally, we have the Suzuki in its version of the V-Strom now called XT. The V-Strom is the dean of this comparative. The beginning of the marketing of V-Strom took place in 2004 and since then the model has received minor changes in aesthetics and also in some mechanical elements, notably with the introduction of Bosch ABS system in 2012.

The XT version shall be equipped with wheels with tubeless tires rays and a new fender or “duck-billed” on the front, which give a more trail and less air roadster. The concept of the base remains, with the emphasis on the V-Twin 90 ° and the structure of the dual beam frame made of aluminum alloy.

In the first contact there is a bike that stands out for its aggressive lines, with its angular forms and a more updated look. Kawasaki is the bike that best fills the eye. Their shapes are more current, especially when compared with Suzuki that even despite the small renovation in aesthetic terms, does not hide the weight of years of the concept, although it is not an uninteresting bike in aesthetic terms. Honda has a “format” a little more rounded than the Kawasaki and is also a little cleaner in aesthetic terms, which dominates the “duck bill” front, the huge brake disc and the chrome muffler.

The various motors in concept and also, in terms of maximum power offered, also produce different sensations in various scenarios we faced this work. There is an engine that clearly surprised, even after so many years in assets, which is the V-Twin Suzuki V-Strom. The maximum power is located in 69 hp, exactly the same as the Kawasaki, but the overall balance of the propellant, throttle response and smooth running make everything easier when we circulate by road outside or even in town. The weight of years is not felt in the V-Strom, in this department, it shows a bit more comfortable than its competitors.


In terms of behaviour on the road Suzuki stands out again in competition. It is the most balanced bike in terms of cycling reactions, with a whole lot hit in terms of suspensions, a rigid chassis and transmits tremendous confidence to bow. Although equipped with a front wheel 19 inches, the V-Strom lose nothing in terms of accuracy at the time of the inserting cornering. The comfort offered by the fully natural driving position, width and density of the back seat, make it the ideal bike to devour kilometres without having to stop.


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