2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and XT Journey First Look Preview

The V’s namesake V-twin carries on in the platform for at least another year.

The V’s namesake V-twin carries on within the platform for a minimum of one other yr. (Suzuki/)

Whereas phrase of a brand new parallel-twin-powered V-Strom 650 has been floating across the web for some time, it’s now secure to say that 2023 shouldn’t be the yr for the massive change. Suzuki has formally introduced its 2023 V-Strom 650, and the sturdy V-twin lives to see one other manufacturing line.

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Suzuki’s middleweight adventure-tourer continues to depend on its liquid-cooled 645cc 90-degree V-twin engine in a beak-clad chassis for all of its trims, which incorporates the bottom mannequin, V-Strom 650XT, and V-Strom 650XT Journey. This engine can fortunately chug alongside at very low speeds, due to the low-rpm help function, and may easily ship the ponies when requested. The traction management system has three modes of various ranges of intervention: Off disengages all TC options, Mode 1 presents the bottom stage of intervention, and Mode 2 is for low-traction surfaces corresponding to rain-soaked roads. The V-twin remains to be mated to a exact six-speed transmission.

Take the long way home. With a large 5.3-gallon fuel tank the V-Strom is ready to clock many miles before a fill-up.

Take the good distance residence. With a big 5.3-gallon gasoline tank the V-Strom is able to clock many miles earlier than a fill-up. (Suzuki/)

When the reins of the Wee-Strom are pulled, two Tokico calipers seize 310mm discs (entrance) and a Nissin, one-pot caliper grabs the only 260mm disc (rear) to convey the bike to a cease. ABS is normal tools at each ends. To restrict beak bobbing and back-end bottoming there’s a 43mm telescopic fork with 5.9 inches of journey and a link-type shock with 6.3 inches of journey. Each are adjustable for preload; the rear additionally contains rebound adjustability.

The V-Strom 650XT flaunts spoked gold-anodized rims.

The V-Strom 650XT flaunts spoked gold-anodized rims. (Suzuki/)

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The bottom mannequin retains a plain-and-simple silhouette, whereas the XT and XT Journey progressively load on extra adventure-ready tools. The XT options wire-spoked rims, hand guards and decrease engine safety. These options are additionally seen on the XT Journey, but it surely provides 37-liter aluminum aspect circumstances, handlebar cross-brace, and an engine accent bar.

Protect the engine, protect the hands. A lower engine cowl and hand guards come standard with the XT.

Defend the engine, shield the palms. A decrease engine cowl and hand guards come normal with the XT. (Suzuki/)

Pearl Vigor Blue is a brand new coloration for the bottom mannequin, however arguably the extra thrilling coloration is the Pearl Sensible White with gold-anodized rims to match the gold accents on the beak and tank. The accessorized XT Journey retains the Glass Sparkle Black of 2022.

A beaked front end is a classic design cue on the V-Strom. The windshield above the stacked halogen headlight is adjustable.

A beaked entrance finish is a traditional design cue on the V-Strom. The windshield above the stacked halogen headlight is adjustable. (Suzuki/)

Pricing is available in at $9,104 for the bottom mannequin, $9,599 for the XT, and $10,799 for the XT Journey.

The XT Adventure, shown here, features a handful of accessories that aren’t stock on the base or XT trims.

The XT Journey, proven right here, encompasses a handful of equipment that aren’t inventory on the bottom or XT trims. (Suzuki/)

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650/XT/XT Journey Technical Specs And Value

PRICE: $9,104 (base) / $9,599 (XT) / $10,799 (XT Journey)
ENGINE: 645cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin
BORE x STROKE: 81.0 x 62.6mm
FUEL DELIVERY: Gasoline injection, SDTV-equipped
CLUTCH: Moist, multiplate
FRAME: Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION: 43mm telescopic fork, preload adjustable; 5.9 in. journey
REAR SUSPENSION: Hyperlink-type shock, rebound and preload adjustable; 6.3 in. journey
FRONT BRAKE: Tokico 2-piston calipers, twin 310mm hydraulic discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE: Nissin 1-piston caliper, 260mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR: Forged (base) / spoked (XT, XT Journey); 19 in. / 17 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR: Bridgestone Battlax; 110/80-19 / 150/70-17
RAKE/TRAIL: 25.0°/4.2 in.
WHEELBASE: 61.4 in.
SEAT HEIGHT: 32.9 in.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT: 470 lb. (base) / 476 lb. (XT) / 528 lb. (XT Journey)
WARRANTY: 1 yr, restricted
CONTACT: suzukicycles.com

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