– New feature includes the addition of hazard lights/blinkers
– Side reflectors removed from the tail section to the front suspension
– Nothing else changed – not even the price Suzuki has added the hazard lights, relocated the side reflectors from the tail to the front and called it a day. It’s difficult these days to grab headlines with a middleweight bike – now that Royal Enfield has redefined the meaning of value for a multi-cylinder 650cc motorcycle.
At first glance, this 650 doesn’t stand a chance next to the Interceptor and GT 650. But, look deeper and you’ll start to see what this brings to the table. This adventure bike still continues to offer plenty of value. This bike competes with the likes of BMW 850 GS (Rs. 13.7 lakh) and the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx (Rs. 14.06 lakh.) FYI, the 750 GS and other Tiger 800 variants don’t count since they offer alloy wheels conveying their road-biased personality.
The inclusion of wire spoke wheels without ditching the tubeless convenience of dealing with punctures makes the Suzuki V-Strom 650 a great value. Not to mention, its tractable and refined V-twin engine, which is at home in the city traffic, on the highways as well as on the broken village roads. The engine heat is very much manageable even at city speeds. The reliability is also expected to be better than its European counterparts.