2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Review

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2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT



2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Review

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

MORE ADVENTURE, SIMPLY MORE V-STROM…

Renowned for its versatility, reliability and value, the V-Strom 650 has attracted many riders who use it for touring, commuting, or a fun ride when the spirit moves them. It is a touchstone motorcycle balanced with a natural riding position, comfortable seat and a flexible engine character that produces stress-free riding during brief daily use or a high-mile adventure. The new 2017 V-Strom 650XT now marries the looks of the V-Strom 1000 and the prior V-Strom 650XT, unifying the V-Strom family. This new V-Strom has increased engine performance and great fuel economy while achieving world-wide emission standards. A number of other updates, including weight savings, a thinner chassis, and some adventure-ready extras has resulted in a V-Strom that is more versatile, more controllable, and more accessible to elevate its total performance so it’s simply “More V-Strom”. And that’s what a rider wants; more of a good ride.


V-Twin Performance

The 645cc DOHC V-Twin is a masterpiece of Suzuki engineering which has an evolving history. For the new 650, this unit has been tuned for generous low to mid-range torque for practical use while maintaining an exhilarating top-end. The new unit has undergone a rebuild, installing new technology such as the resin-coated pistons, and revising over 60 components of the engine to achieve a higher output in a broad area of the rev-range while keeping the unique V-Twin character with low fuel consumption. With low fuel consumption combined with the large 20L fuel tank, the riding rage between fill-ups are at the top in this class, relieving the rider from the stress of frequent re-fuelling.


Distinctive Feel

For the unique character of the V-Strom 650, the engine needs to be strong not only at the top end but at the frequently used low to mid-range. To meet these demands, the new engine has an original intake camshaft with equally lengthened intake ports, while for the exhaust camshaft, has newly adopted the item from the new SV650 road model which are higher lifting compared to the previous V-Strom 650. These new features and a total set-up has resulted in a boost in torque and power in the mid to high rev-range, providing the rider with an exciting ride when with a sporty feel, and a stress-free character for daily rides or on a long haul.

Exhaust System

Newly designed down-type exhaust system is lighter and closer to the centre of gravity, contributing to nimble handling while being able to accommodate the slim and smart optional luggage system. The catalysers have been positioned in a tandem configuration achieving the required level for new standards, while successfully gaining exhaust efficiency to boost the output.

Resin Coated Pistons

One of the upgraded features in the 645cc unit are the resin-coated pistons which is a coating technology to decrease friction in the cylinder, resulting in improved fuel economy and corresponding to latest emission control. Special L-shaped piston rings are also installed for enhanced sealing performance and blow-by gas reduction, all resulting in meeting up-to-date regulations while improving the output and the ease of use.

Dual Spark Technology

Suzuki’s Dual Spark Technology, unique in this class, utilises two spark plugs per cylinder for precision ignition. Combined with the newly adopted high-ignition nickel spark plugs, it contributes to increased combustion efficiency, smoother power delivery, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions.

*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.

*The ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves.







2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Updated, 645cc, 90-degree V-Twin engine features a boost in torque in the low to mid-RPM range, but retains a strong rush of high RPM power that’s ideal for any riding mission.

Addition of Suzuki’s rider-adjustable Traction Control* system, Easy Start system, Low RPM Assist feature, plus ABS* technology makes a great motorcycle, really incredible.

New Multi-function, illumination adjustable Instrument Panel brings a wealth of information to the rider in a concise manner and helps with setting rider-assist features.

New fairing, with vertically stacked headlights, adjustable windshield, and iconic Suzuki DR-Big styling adds true adventure style and real-world function.

Redesigned chassis has integrated mount points for unified Suzuki V-Strom luggage that’s is easy to clip on and off, and keeps the motorcycle trim when ready for touring.

Ready for real adventure, the V-Strom 650XT has aluminum, spoke-style wheels with tubeless radial dual-sport tires, hand guards, and a protective lower engine cowl.

Standard equiped with Hand Gaurds and Under Cowl.




 

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

ENGINE FEATURES
Using 2017 SV650 engineering, the V-Strom’s DOHC, liquid-cooled engine has new camshafts to deliver clean, strong power at any RPM.

New, low-friction resin-coated pistons and SCEM-coated cylinders help delivers high mileage for class-leading touring range.

5 A new, sleek two-into-one exhaust system routes below the chassis to reduce weight, centralize mass, and provide space for a narrow tail section (and optional luggage).

The exhaust system has twin catalyzers and employs O2 feedback to the EFI system to produce optimum combustion efficiency and reduce emissions to an incredibly low level.

The fuel injection system employs Suzuki’s innovative, SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve) on new 39mm throttle bodies. The secondary throttle valves are controlled by a servo motor for smooth power delivery.

New, ten-hole; long-nose type fuel injectors on each throttle body improves fuel atomization for better combustion efficiency and while reducing fuel consumption.

Suzuki’s patented, Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) stabilizes the engine idle speed and helps lower emissions. The system is compact and lightweight.

The TI-ISC on the V-Strom 650 ABS has Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist feature that seamlessly adjusts engine speed during take-off and low-speed riding to smooth the power delivery and to help reduce the possibility of the rider stalling the motorcycle.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) provides state-of-the-art engine management and has enhanced settings to suit the intake and exhaust systems, resulting in better fuel economy and linear throttle response.

The engine has dual spark technology heads with two, high-energy, slim electrode spark plugs per cylinder, aid in combustion efficiency and power production.

New to the V-Strom 650XT is Suzuki’s advanced Traction Control System* which lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence in various riding conditions. It continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle opening, engine speed, and the selected transmission gear to adjust engine output if wheel spin is detected.

6 There are three traction control modes (1, 2, and OFF) and the difference between the modes are their sensitivity to road conditions. Mode 1 is lowest sensitivity level most suitable for skilled riders or in conditions that have good road surface grip (riding on good, smooth roads). Mode 2 is highest sensitivity level suitable for road conditions where the grip may be limited (wet or cold surfaces). OFF disengages all traction control features.

*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.

7 The V-Strom now features the Suzuki Easy Start system which lets the rider start the motorcycle with a momentary press of the start switch without pulling in the clutch lever when the transmission is in neutral.

The compact radiator is flanked by new-style, wind directing plates that enhance cooling efficiency and direct heat out of the side vents away from the rider’s legs.

The 6-speed transmission suits sporty rides with tight 1st through 5th gear ratios and a tall top gear (6th gear) for highway cruising.

Low-maintenance, long-life sealed O-ring drive chain is standard.

 

CHASSIS FEATURES
New beak-style fairing, with vertically stacked headlights and new mounting structure helps the V-Strom 650XT cut through the wind, protecting the rider in style.

8 The new 3-way height-adjustable windscreen was wind-tunnel tested to reduce wind sounds, buffeting and rider fatigue.

The new fuel tank maintains its 5.3 gallon capacity, but is shaped to be thin at the rear to flow into the slimmer seat which aids the rider in touching the ground at stops.

9 The new, spacious two-up seat combines smooth and slip-resistant surfaces, plus an embossed V-Strom logo.

Lightweight, rigid twin-spar aluminum frame and swingarm contribute to smooth handling performance and excellent stability.

Spring-preload-adjustable 43mm front forks and link-type rear suspension with rebound damping adjustment and hand-operated spring preload adjuster.

10 Spoke-style wheels with anodized aluminum rims (gold or black) laced with stainless steels spokes absorb shock from irregular road surfaces well and accept tubeless tires.

Adventure-spec Bridgestone BATTLAX 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tubeless radial tires are mounted to the spoke-style wheels for good all-around performance.

Front dual 310mm-disc brakes and a rear 260mm-disc brake deliver controlled stopping power.

Compact Antilock Brake System (ABS)** system monitors wheel speed to match braking to available traction.

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

11 New lightweight resin luggage rack incorporates easy-to-grasp grab bars and aligns with the passenger section of the seat offering a larger surface for carrying cargo or luggage.

12 The V-Strom 650XT is supplied with hand guards and a protective lower engine cowl.

Even with the new features and engineering, the 2017 V-Strom 650XT ABS’s weight was reduced 2.0 pounds as compared to the prior model.

 

ELECTRICAL FEATURES
13 The new multi-function instrument panel is similar in appearance to the V-Strom 1000 panel, but has functions unique to the V-Strom 650XT.

The instrument includes an analog tachometer and brightness-adjustable LCD speedometer and control panel.

LCD readouts include odometer, dual trip meter, traction control modes, gear position, coolant and ambient temperature, fuel consumption, fuel gauge and clock. Switching between readings can be done with the left handlebar switch.

LED indicators include ABS and Traction Control alerts, plus a freeze warning icon. This alert, together with the air temperature display, warns of possible icy road conditions.

Strong three-phase charging system supplies the 10Ah maintenance-free battery for easy starting and additional accessory power. A dedicated accessory fuse is located under the seat.

The new, stacked, 65/55W halogen headlamps illuminate the road when your ride stretches into night.

The new LED tail and brake light is bright and vibration resistant. The turn signals use bright amber incandescent bulbs with clear lenses.

14 A new 12V DC accessory outlet is mounted on the inner dash (was an option on prior model).

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Genuine Suzuki Accessories includes side and top cases, engine guards, low and high profile seats, heated grips, hand guards and more.

12-month limited warranty. Coverage period and additional benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection.





 

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer USD

Engine
Engine 645cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90 degree V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 81.0 x 62.6 mm (3.2 x 2.5 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.2: 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Drive Train
Transmission 6-speed, constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Chassis
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Tokico 2-piston calipers, Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Nissin, 1-piston, Disc single
Tires Front Bridgestone BATTLAX, 110/80R19 M/C (59V) tubeless
Tires Rear Bridgestone BATTLAX, 150/70R17 M/C (69), tubeless
Wheels Spoke-style wheels
Windscreen 3-way height-adjustable
Hand Guards Standard
Lower Engine Cowl Standard
Fuel Tank Capacity 20.0 L (5.3 US gallons)
Color TBA
Electrical
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Headlight 12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)
Tail light LED
Dimensions
Overall Length 2275 mm (89.6 in.)
Overall Width 910 mm (35.8 in.)
Wheelbase 1560 mm (61.4 in.)
Ground Clearance 170 mm (6.7 in.)
Seat Height 830 mm (32.7 in.)
Curb Weight 216 kg (476 lbs.)
Warranty
Warranty 12-month, unlimited mileage, limited warranty*
Extensions *Coverage extension and additional benefits are available





 


 

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine
Type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90 degree V-Twin
Displacement 645cc
Bore x Stroke 81.0 x 62.6 mm (3.2 x 2.5 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.2: 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
ELECTRONICS
Traction Control Three mode Traction Control System (1, 2, and OFF)
ABS Suzuki Anti-lock Brake System
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Chassis
Overall Length 2275 mm (89.6 in.)
Overall Width 910mm (35.8 in)
Overall Height 1,405mm (53.3 in)
Wheelbase 1560 mm (61.4 in.)
Ground Clearance 170 mm (6.7 in.)
Seat Height 830 mm (32.7 in.)
Curb Mass 216kg (476 lbs)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Tokico 2-piston calipers, Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Nissin, 1-piston, Disc single
Tires Front BATTLAX, 110/80R19 M/C (59V) tubeless
Tires Rear BATTLAX, 150/70R17 M/C (69), tubeless
Fuel Tank 20.0 L
Warranty
Standard Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty





 

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ NA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Dimensions and Weights


Overall length: 2275mm (89.6in)
Overall width: 910mm (35.8in)
Overall height: 1405mm (55.3in)
Wheelbase: 1560mm (61.4in)
Seat height: 830mm (32.7in)
Kerb Mass: 216.0kg (476.2lbs)
Fuel capacity: 20.0litres (4.4 UK gallons)
Ground clearance: 170mm (6.7in)

Engine Specifications


Engine capacity: 645cc
Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
Bore: 81.0mm x 62.6mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)
Compression ratio: 11.2 : 1
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Electric
Fuel system: Fuel injection
Starter: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Drive: Chain
MPG: 68.90*
CO2: 94 g/km
Power: 52.00kW @ 8800rpm (70.70ps)†
Torque: 62.00N.m @ 6500rpm (45.70lb.ft)†

Chassis Specification


Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes: Disc, twin
Rear brakes: Disc
Front tyres: 110/80R19M/C 59V, tubeless
Rear tyres: 150/70R17M/C 69V, tubeless

†Power and torque conversions to imperial/metric units (in brackets) are approximate and included as a guide only.

V-Strom 650XT

 

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