The new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS adventure touring bike impresses our test riders. See why in the new Wee-Strom’s photo gallery. Read the full details in the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Comparison.
- 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Dyno Chart
- Rider protection is also a standout feature with a three-position adjustable windscreen.
- The ABS is not switchable, but we never felt the need to disable it in the dirt thanks to its unobtrusive nature.
- Standing is awkward with very high footpegs.
- Suspension damping and spring rates are fantastic on the street and adequate for improved dirt.
- Clearly the V-Strom is no trail bike, but the Suzuki can easily handle moderate dirt. It offers a similar type of street/dirt performance and capability that we expect from a big adventure machine.
- Comfort and stability are excellent with a 43mm fork and hand-adjustable shock.
- Our time with the 650 ABS proves that it’s a comfortable and pleasant all-around companion.
- The V-Twin engine is pure gold, though it offers an exposed oil filter and exhaust to potential damage.
- The digital menu has plenty of available information which is accessed by a left-side handlebar switch, but the tach is analog, which we prefer.
- V-Strom engineers have the bike so dialed it’s easy to appreciate it in most any scenario.
- The brakes are powerful and modulate easily in all conditions.
- The spread of torque is excellent for street and dirt use where riders can shift less often and make better use of the wide powerplant.
- The V-Strom easily outpaces the single-cylinders with a healthy 64.43 horsepower that comes at 9000 rpm, just 700 before the rev limiter kicks in.
- The six-speed transmission operates flawlessly, complementing the engine and giving the bike much better highway manners.
- It stays planted like nobody’s business and is easy to gather up when the pilot makes an error.