Suzuki India’s plans to launch the V-Storm 650 XT in Indian market was in the pipeline for a long time now and the motorcycle is finally here. Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) has launched the middleweight adventure tourer, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS at Rs. 7.46 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Internationally, the V-Strom is available in two variants – a standard version with cast alloy wheels and the XT with spoke wheels, and plastic protection for the front header pipe and engine cases. The V-strom 650XT is positioned to suit everyday commuting while being a breeze on long highway stretches and rough & wet conditioned roads.
The V-Strom 650XT looks like a toned down version of V-Strom 1000. The V-Storm 650XT has inherited V-Strom family’s pointed front end which comes with vertically arranged headlight setup that gets a manually adjustable visor. The rear looks minimalistic when compared with the front. It comes with LED headlights and tail-lamp, that has a higher visibility and contributes in weight reduction. The motorcycle is offered in two colour options – Champion Yellow and Pearl Glacier White. Mounting points for Panniers are provided, which comes as optional accessories. V-Storm comes with Knuckle covers and engine under cowling both as standard equipment, which has been incorporated considering its adventure touring nature.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is powered by a 649 cc liquid-cooled, V-twin engine that develops 70bhp at 8,800rpm and 66Nm of peak torque. The motorcycle gets 170mm ground clearance which feels pretty low for an adventure tourer. Suspension duties are handled by 43mm telescopic forks at the front and a spring preload adjustable monoshock unit at the rear.
The instrument console is offered with two digital screens and an analogue tachometer. The XT version is more off-road oriented, hence it gets 19-inch front and 17-inch rear aluminium rims with stainless steel wire spokes with tubeless Bridgestone Batlax adventure tyres. Suspension setup includes long-travel front 43mm telescopic forks with 150mm of travel and a rear monoshock that can be adjusted for preload. The motorcycle is brought to halt by Tokico 2-piston calipers at the front and a single Nissin disc at the rear. Electronic aids include a two-stage traction control system and ABS. The motorcycle weighs 216kg and gets a massive 20 litres of fuel tank capacity.
The traction control system continuously monitors the front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position, and gear position with various sensors, and controls the engine output by managing the ignition timing and air delivery. The traction control system comes with two riding modes – low sensitivity that is positioned towards sport riding, good road conditions while the high sensitivity is engineered for riding on wet or cold roads. The modes can also be turned off as per requirement.
The Suzuki V-Storm 650XT is priced at Rs. 7.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The V-Strom 650XT locks horns with the Kawasaki Versys 650, which is priced at Rs. 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Currently, dealerships have started accepting booking at a token amount of Rs 50,000 for the V-Strom 650XT, which is available in yellow and white colour.