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The Suzuki V-Strom 650XT builds on the machine’s popularity with wire-spoked aluminium wheels, new styling and a wider range of accessories (those panniers are optional extras). Here’s the full press-release from Suzuki:

Following the introduction of V-Strom 1000 ABS, Suzuki proudly presents the newest line of motorcycle in its V-Strom range. 12 years after the birth of the V-Strom series, the V-Strom 650XT expands your adventure field.


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Major features of the V-Strom650XT are:

  • Sporty performance: Versatile, dependable 645cc V-twin engine; Finely tuned Fuel injection system; Lightweight, compact Aluminum frame; Newly equipped, spoke wheels and tubeless tires.
  • Touring performance: Lightweight digital ABS; Comfortable, upright riding position; Informative, multi-function instrument; 3-way height adjustable wind screen; Tool-less adjustable rear suspension; Low seat height.
  • Styling design features; Newly designed, distinctive beak design; Narrow and compact bodywork; Newly designed top case and side cases. (Optional accessories)

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Chassis Design

  • The V-Strom 650XT inherits the lightweight and rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm of the current model. Compared with the steel frames used on competing models, the lightweight frame with superior rigidity and balance perfectly complements the smooth and powerful engine, for steady handling and maneuverability.
  • The frame is constructed of cast and extruded pieces. The swingarm (length: 598.3 mm) consists of extruded arm and pivot and a cast joint section, and provides 159 mm of rear-wheel travel.
  • By replacing the cast aluminum wheels to wire-spoked aluminum rims, the chassis absorption is increased at low speed

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Wheels & Tyres

  • Newly designed, wire-spoked aluminum wheel rims, manufactured by DID, are made light weight, provide sporty appearance and friendly handling character. Thanks to the new spoke wheels, shock absorption performance is increased at low speeds.
  • Regardless of the spoke wheels, the rims are designed to be mated with tubeless tyres. If a tubeless tyre gets a small puncture, air escapes only through the hole, leading to a gentle deflation.
  • Tyres are 110/80R19M/C 59H front, 150/70R17M/C 69H radial tire. The tires provide great balance of life and road grip.


Front Rear
Wheel rim size 19M/C x MT2.50 17M/C x MT4.00
Tyre size 110/8019M/C 59H 150/70R17 M/C 69H
Tyre Manufacture Bridgestone
Brand Trail Wing TW101 Trail Wing TW152

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Styling design

  • Pursuing the functionality demanded by adventure tourers based on the keywords of “Tough x Smart”, we created a new model shape with a wildness that conveys adventurous spirit.
  • The styling design features a tough image and sporty lightness with well-balanced proportions achieved by combining painted parts of expressive shape and black resin parts with different textures, plus details that emphasize functionality.
  • The fuel tank section, seat, frame cover and grab bars are designed for maximum riding comfort

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Beak design inspired by Suzuki heritage

  • New front “Beak” is designed to enhance the Suzuki heritage – adventure spirit. In 1988, former motocross world champion Gaston Rahier participated in the Paris-Dakar rally aboard the DR-Z. Suzuki then introduced the DR-BIG as a production version of his DR-Z.
  • With its distinctive “beak-like” front cowl design, the DR-Z had a major impact on the motorcycle design field. It has now become common for other manufacturers to emulate this design motif. However, this distinctive design was originated by Suzuki, and it expresses Suzuki’s adventurous spirit.
  • That’s why we incorporated this design element on the V-Strom 1000, and now on the V-Strom 650XT to show this personality in our new adventure touring machine
  • The new “Beak” is smoothly integrated with the front body work, with silver accent part in the center of the beak. The beak has intake ducts which lead air to radiator.

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Tech Spec

Overall Length 2290 mm (90.2 in)
Overall width 835 mm (32.9 in)
Overall height 1405 mm (55.4 in)
Wheelbase 1560 mm (61.4 in)
Ground clearance 175 mm (6.9 in)
Seat height 835 mm (32.9 in)
Curb mass 215 kg
Engine type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-Twin
Bore x stroke 81.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)
Engine displacement 645 cm³
Compression ratio 11.2 : 1
Fuel system Fuel injection
Starter system Electric
Lubrication system Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio 2.088 (71/34)
Final reduction ratio 3.133 (47/15)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rake / trail 26° / 110 mm (4.3 in)
Brakes Front Disc brake, twin
Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 110/80R19M/C 59H, tubeless
Rear 150/70R17M/C 69H, tubeless
Ignition system Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Fuel tank capacity 20.0 L(5.3 / 4.4US / lmp gal)
Oil capacity (Overhaul) 2400 ml (2.5/2.1 US/lmp qt)


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Tony Carter

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