September 30, 2014 at 9:36 am #4645
SUZUKI’S V-Strom 650 is getting a beak and spoked wheels with dual-sport tyres, according to a new parts catalogue unearthed by a Dutch bike website.
A page purporting to be from a Suzuki parts catalogue, published by Oliepeil.nl, clearly shows a beak included in the V-Strom 650’s upper-fairing assembly, as well as a spoked rear wheel with a dual-sport tyre.
The spokes could suggest more off-road potential, offering greater strength than the cast wheels found on the current bike. The dual-purpose tyre is another indication of greater off-road ambition than the current V-Strom 650, which is really a middleweight tourer in adventure clothes.
The catalogue lists the model name ‘DL650X’. Whether it will be a replacement for the current ‘DL650’ V-Strom, or a more off-road focused edition sold alongside, is unclear.
Either way, the new beak is likely to be a feature of all variants of the model from 2015, giving it a closer family resemblance to the bigger V-Strom 1000, introduced this year.
However, it looks like the 650 will retain its dual-headlights instead of adopting the single lamp found on its bigger brother.
Attachments:October 1, 2014 at 6:32 am #4649
Suzuki Press Release
Based on the already popular V-Strom 650, which has been the top-selling dual purpose machine in the 650-800cc class in the last decade, the V-Strom 650XT comes with more adventure as standard.
‘The new V-Strom 650XT takes design cues from the Dr Big, the first dual-purpose machine to feature the now standard ‘beak’ design synonymous with models in the adventure sector. A new beak blends smoothly into the existing front bodywork, with air ducts that channel airflow to the radiator.
‘Newly designed, lightweight, wire-spoked aluminium wheels aid in the adventure styling of the new V-Strom 650XT, and shock absorption performance is increased on unpaved roads. Its arrival is anticipated as early as December this year.’
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
Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rake / trail: 26° / 110 mm (4.3 in)
Front: Disc brake, twin
Rear: Disc brake
Front: 110/80R19M/C 59H, tubeless
Rear: 150/70R17M/C 69H, tubeless
Ignition system: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Fuel tank capacity: 20.0 L
Oil capacity (Overhaul): 2400 ml
Attachments:October 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm #4667December 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm #5543Box.a.BitsParticipant
Rank: 1200cc Rider
- Bike: BMW R80 G/S, R100GS & M72 Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
So…a bike for bird watchers. Wouldn’t have thought that would be a huge selling point, but these potential Suzuki purchasers can be a strange lot…December 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm #5545
Yeah it is a bit …. isn’t it
Attachments:June 5, 2015 at 9:42 am #8630January 19, 2016 at 9:44 pm #11361Gerrie JacobsParticipant
Rank: 80cc Rider
- Bike: DR650
I’m a bit of a fan for sure, might have to go to Boyds for a test ride…January 20, 2016 at 7:50 am #11362
Boyds don’t have one in stock.
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