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2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: AWESOME

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:01 am

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2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

If you're looking for adventure, the V-Strom 650 ABS is the machine to help you find it. The 650cc V-twin is a favorite of motorcycle journalists. It combines versatile performance with exciting middleweight agility— an ideal combination of lightweight agility and crisp handling. The V-Strom 650 ABS invites you to carve up canyon roads or ride the open highway in all-day comfort. And it’s available with the added safety and piece of mind of Suzuki's Antilock Braking System (ABS).


What really sets the V-Strom apart from other street bikes, of course, is its unmatched versatility. Its lightweight, agile handling inspires confidence, while its smooth suspension front and rear performs exceptionally well in almost any situation. In addition, it has an extra-large fuel tank for extended riding. It's equally at home around town, thanks to its low seat height, light weight and overall crisp handling. And the V-Strom's V-twin engine adds excitement to every ride, offering a wide powerband and strong acceleration in every gear.


It's time to get in on the adventure—with the 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650.


New for 2011: In addition to black, the 2011 V-Strom 650 ABS will be available in a new Pearl Mirage White finish.






2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Features


Key Features

The V-Strom 650 ABS comes with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) for optimum braking performance. Dual front disc brakes with large 310mm rotors and twin-piston calipers, plus single-disc rear brake with 260mm rotor and single-piston caliper.




Engine Features

The V-Strom is equipped with a 645cc, 90-degree V-twin, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled engine with dual-spark plug heads for improved combustion and reduced emissions.

Suzuki's class-leading electronic fuel injection features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV), which maintains optimum air velocity in the intake tract for smooth low-to-mid rpm throttle response.

The V-Strom 650ABS comes with a high-efficiency liquid cooling system to provide optimum engine operating temperature (the motorcycle also comes with a compact oil cooler).

Suzuki Pulsed Air-Injection (PAIR ) system reduces CO and HC emissions. A California model is equipped with a catalyst in the exhaust to further reduce emissions.

The V-Strom 650 ABS has a high-mounted stainless steel exhaust system with aluminum muffler is tuned to enhance engine torque and low-to-midrange performance.
Transmission Features

The V-Strom 650 ABS is equipped with a smooth shifting 6-speed transmission with cable operated clutch.




Chassis Features

An aluminum twin-spar frame and aluminum swingarm are lightweight, compact and rigid. A bolt-on sub-frame simplifies maintenance.

The V-Strom 650 ABS comes with a preload-adjustable 43mm front fork, which provides a comfortable ride under all riding conditions.

The link-type rear suspension features a single shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping and a knob-operated hydraulic preload adjuster for easy adjustment.

The V-Strom 650 features a slim and compact front fairing for maximum wind protection, plus a large comfortable seat. The fairing includes large multi-reflector 60/55W headlights and a height-adjustable windshield for maximum wind protection and comfort.

The V-Strom 650 ABS has a large 5.8 gallon fuel tank for long-range operation.

A large rear luggage rack with rubber-padded platform helps keep bags and luggage in place.





2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - United States of America Specifications
USA MSRP - $8,099 USD - Canada: See Dealer

CHASSIS:
Overall Length 2290 mm (90.2 in)
Overall Width 840 mm (33.1 in)
Wheelbase 1555 mm (61.2 in)
Ground Clearance 165 mm (6.5 in)
Seat Height 820 mm (32.3 in)
Curb Weight 220 kg (485 lbs)
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, DID525V8, 118 links
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake, twin
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 110/80R19 M/C 59H, tubeless
Tires Rear 150/70R17 M/C 69H, tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 22.0 L (5.8 US gallons)


ENGINE:
Displacement 645cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
Fuel System Suzuki fuel injection
Starter Electric
Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)


WARRANTY:
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:23 am

Anyone who rides one of these obviously knows what he/she wants, knows what he/she's doing, and absolutely doesn't give a donkey's about what anyone else thinks. By that definition, it's cool. In fact, it's awesome.


PS, a cool bike isn't necessarily a perfect bike. Lord knows the Wee Strom could do with a lot of changes. A restyle job, for one.
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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:53 am

It may not win any beauty pagents, it may be bigger than a train, it may be more practical than a wooden door stop, but the 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is this week's Cool Wall bike by popular demand.

Comments copied over from the Suggest a bike thread:

jstark47 wrote:V-strom's are not cool. As a matter of fact, they possess copious amounts of Anti-cool.... :tricycle: :bigsmile:
totalmotorcycle wrote:I honestly thought mine was pretty awesome if I rate awesome as motorcycling comfort and touring range.
rayian wrote:V-Strom's may not be cool but awesome bang for the buck
jstark47 wrote:I still do own one. A black 2005 DL1000. I keep it in the darkest corner of the garage; it's mfugliness tends to frighten small children and kittens..... :devil: Mfugly and Anti-cool in the same bike...... that's just wrong! :bigsmile:
Grey Thumper wrote:Aren't V-Strom's so unapologetically uncool that they're actually cool?
jstark47 wrote:The V-Strom's dork-fu is indeed strong! :mrgreen:
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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:07 am

The Dork Fu may just get stronger: There are teaser pics at http://suzukicycles.com/ of a replacement V-Strom that is due to be released soon.......

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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:22 am

High_Side wrote:The Dork Fu may just get stronger: There are teaser pics at http://suzukicycles.com/ of a replacement V-Strom that is due to be released soon.......
Sure isn't much there other than "coming soon" but it's news to me. Suzuki hasn't revamped the V-Strom since 2007 and that was minor. There are a few interesting V-Strom variants of it in the UK like this one: http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/bike/dl650al1xp/


I Voted: AWSOME. (I did buy one brand new)

I really don't mind the V-Strom's look, hey, I bought one, brand new in 2007. I think the front and the rear of the bike is not the best looker but the side profile was always my favorite. :D

For me, it was all about fit and ease of maintenance. I wanted something to fit my 6'4" height, something that was comfortable, had a V-Twin engine and I could work on it. The looks were secondary. It lived up to that as the 2 years I owned it for (I would still have it today) were great. The gas milage was amazing and so was the comfort. Things I would improve on where the flimsy handlbars and the front windscreen (for taller people). No issues with the bike while I owned it and it started up even in freezing temperatures on the first go.

I also felt the 650cc V-Twin had really nice torque and while it didn't have massive horsepower I could cruise to well over the speed limit to pass on the highway. The stock seat sucked (for me) but the Suzuki OEM Gel seat was amazing. Great for 2 up too with comfort and even though it was a tall bike on 80% street tires it could corner.

If you can get past the looks (which really are not that bad, there are much worse looking bikes out there) then it's an amazing bike at an amazing price.

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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:02 pm

I should probably vote Uncool for three reasons:

1. It's not a value judgement, just a simple statement of fact. :mrgreen:

2. In their teeny little hearts, every DL650 really wants to be a DL1000 when it grows up.... :stickpoke:

3. It's nickname is WeeStrom. WeeStrom, ferpete's sake???!! Lookit, any bike named "wee" anything canNOT be cool.
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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:38 pm

jstark47 wrote:I should probably vote Uncool for two reasons:

1. It's not a value judgement, just a simple statement of fact. :mrgreen:

2. In their teeny little hearts, every DL650 really wants to be a DL1000 when it grows up.... :stickpoke:

3. It's nickname is WeeStrom. WeeStrom, ferpete's sake???!! Lookit, any bike named "wee" anything canNOT be cool.
Oh no! haha.

1. Hey, can't fault any judgement decisions. :D

2. I did consider the DL1000 myself, I sat on both and the DL1000 was more top heavy and didn't have much more power to it and had less range due to less MPG. Thus the DL650 won out for me. When I owned the DL650 95% of the time I was very happy with the 650cc's power.

3. Yup, it's nick name, but it's still the same physical size as the DL1000, just the engine is smaller. You would think anything named "wee" is uncool, but since the bike is so big it's kinda cool it's a wee-bike... Kinda like "Little John"

Just debating and having fun with your points. :D

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Unread post by CentralOzzy » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:18 pm

Nice!

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:49 am

Cool vote :mrgreen:

Before Mike owned it, I would have voted uncool because this bike is not the "coolest" looking bike your money can buy. But now that I know about it's comfort, fuel range and ability to ride many terrains, I definitely vote cool!
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Unread post by Thumper » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:27 pm

The Wee was a strong consideration when I was bike shopping last month...if it had been a couple inches shorter, I probably would have gone for it. But I test sat, knew I'd have issues with the height, decided to mull it over, and found the Bonneville...

It's not a beautiful bike, but it's practical, and these days practical is kinda cool for me...

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Unread post by rayian » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:23 pm

This bike has the same engine as my bike (SV650) so I know it's a winner. I have no problem with the looks either. I know it has it's weak areas. For example the brakes and suspension are not the highest quality, adequate but there's room for improvement there. Great bang for the buck. I vote cool.

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Unread post by QuietMonkey » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:22 am

It works for many basic reasons, but is ugly for all the practicality it offers and completely uncool.

ya cant have it all on a budget in a capitalistic world... because every good thing has a price in the biz...

(note: naked SV, as above, with standard headlight or the mini bikini fairing is a cooler option... because it throws away a few things the V-strom offers... and LESS is MORE).
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:10 am

The Votes are VERY close! Keep voting today is the LAST day for your votes to count on the Final Cool Wall vote. You can STILL vote after and the votes will keep adding up here though.

Tomorrow (FRIDAY) is a new bike!

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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: VOTE NOW!

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:46 am

TIE VOTE!

Well, you can't say that the 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS isn't controversial as the vote ended in a tie, our very first one in fact. Thus, the higher category wins. (Although that almost automatically puts the vote at the lowest % of that higher category).

Awesome 38%
Cool 38%

Great debate, great vote and great job guys and girls on this one.

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Unread post by rayian » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:47 pm

A little late but here's a link to an article about the somewhat redesigned 2012 V-Strom.

http://www..... (Sorry, I beat them by days)... http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... 650ABS.htm

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Re: 2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - COOL WALL VOTE: AWESOME

Unread post by High_Side » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:58 pm

rayian wrote:A little late but here's a link to an article about the somewhat redesigned 2012 V-Strom.
Or here is an even better site: :wink:
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... 650ABS.htm

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