Suzuki Motorcycle India showcased the V-Strom 650 sport touring motorcycle at the Auto Expo 2018 in February and recently confirmed the launch. Emerging reports claim Suzuki has now decided to launch the V-Storm 650 in September to increase sales during the festive season.
Ahead of the launch, some of the Suzuki dealers have started accepting bookings for the V-Storm 650. The booking amount for the adventure bike has been set at Rs 50,000 and it is expected to be priced between Rs 7 and Rs 8 lakh, reports Zigwheels. In that case, the Suzuki bike will be slightly expensive than the prime rival Kawasaki Versys 650 which is retailed at Rs 6.7 lakh (ex-showroom).
Suzuki offers the V-Strom 650 in two versions on the global markets. The standard version comes with more road biased nature while the V-Strom 650 XT version flaunts off-road-specific attributes. The previous reports were claiming India will get only the XT version while new reports say both variants are India bound.
The V-Strom 650 gets an edgy design in line with the elder sibling, the V-Strom 1000, which is also on sale in India. The motorcycle has a purposeful stance with a front beak that neatly integrated below the headlamp. The large windscreen is manually adjustable. The motorcycle has more plastic panels upfront while the rear gets only minimalistic body panels.
The V-Storm 650 gets a multifunction instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer and two digital screens that display an array of information. Based on the twin spar frame, the motorcycle is powered by a twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC 645cc engine that develops 71 hp of power at 8,800 rpm and 62Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, mated to a six-speed transmission.
Suspension duties are handled by preload-adjustable 43mm front forks and rear monoshock adjustable for preload and damping. In addition to the ABS, 310mm discs at front and a single 260mm rear disc tame the bike. The off-road focused XT version also gets spoked wheels, dual-purpose tires, knuckle guards, engine guards and others.