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2012 VStrom DL650

After a long-awaited update, Suzuki has enhanced the V-Strom DL650 ABS for 2012 with additional performance and comfort, keeping with the manufacturer’s concept as “The Comfortable Adventure Tourer.”

The V-Strom 650, which hit the market in 2003, a year after the debut of the V-Strom 1000, has been the top-selling model in its class. For 2012, Suzuki hopes to increase sales by offering a motor with better low- to mid-range power, and re-styled bodywork that offers better wind protection.

Suzuki says the fuel economy and enviromental standards have also been upgraded.

2012 V-Strom DL650 ABS Features

Key Features

  • Compact, slim styling featuring a vivid combination of expressive painted sections and functional black resin components accentuates the sporty profile. Colors available: Metallic Fox Orange; Glass Sparkle Black
  • The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 Antilock Brake System (ABS)* unit features a lightweight, compact design. The ABS monitors wheel speed, and matches stopping power to available traction.

Engine Features

  • 645cc V-Twin engine features broad torque delivery, signature V-Twin power pulses and sporty quick-revving high rpm range power surges for full-range riding enjoyment. An efficient engine design delivers high mileage and class-leading riding range.
  • A radiator with a more compact core, flanked by wind-directing plates shaped with holes* for enhancing cooling efficiency, allows hot radiator air to flow out to the side air outlets and away from the rider’s legs. (*Patent pending.)
  • The Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS fuel injection system uses fine-atomization 10-hole fuel injectors for high combustion efficiency.
  • A high-speed 32-bit ECU controls Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system, contributing to enhanced low-to-mid rpm range torque, a linear throttle response and lower emissions.
  • The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS has a high-mounted stainless steel exhaust system with aluminum muffler that is tuned to enhance engine torque and low-to-midrange performance.
  • Suzuki-developed and patented Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) contributes to easy cold starting, stable idle and lower emissions.

Transmission Features

  • The 6-speed transmission is tailored for active sporty rides with tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios, while keeping highway cruises comfortable with a tall top gear.

Chassis Features

  • Lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm contribute to smooth handling performance and well-poised running at high-speeds.
  • The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 ABS features spring-preload-adjustable 43mm-stanchion-tube front forks and link-type rear suspension with rebound stepless damping adjuster as well as a spring preload adjuster.
  • 19-inch front and 17-inch rear radial tires specifically designed for the V-Strom 650 ABS.
  • Front dual 310mm-disc brakes and rear 260mm-disc brake deliver smooth, controllable stopping power. Expansion-resistant high-pressure brake hose enhances the responsive brake feel.
  • Antilock Brake System (ABS)* unit features a lightweight, compact design. The ABS monitors wheel speed, and matches stopping power to available traction.
  • The sporty, dynamic front fairing houses compact dual multi-reflector headlight delivering superb light distribution.
  • The sporty, dynamic front fairing houses compact dual multi-reflector headlight delivering superb light distribution.
  • A 3-way height-adjustable windscreen, carefully shaped with extensive wind tunnel testing, efficiently reduces wind noise and rider fatigue.
  • The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS features a comfortable riding position, thanks to its well-shaped seat. A slim 5.3 gallon fuel tank and compactly tucked-in frame covers make the rider feel at one with the machine.
  • The Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS seat combines red-stitched leather-look sections and suede-look, slip-resistant surfaces, and is topped off with an embossed V-Strom logo.
  • A lightweight, one-piece, resin luggage carrier with well-shaped, easy-to-grasp grab bars comes with a slip-resistant rubber mat.
  • Instrumentation includes an analog tachometer and brightness-adjustable LCD speedometer. LCD readouts include odometer, dual trip meter, gear position, coolant and ambient temperature, average fuel consumption, fuel gauge and clock. Switching between LCD readings can be done with the left handlebar switch.
  • LED indicators include a road freeze warning indicator, which, together with the ambient temperature display, helps riders’ awareness of road conditions.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Specs:


  • Overall Length 2,290 mm (90.2 in)
  • Overall Width 835 mm (32.9 in)
  • Overall Height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
  • Wheelbase 1,560 mm (61.4 in)
  • Ground Clearance 175 mm (6.9 in)
  • Seat Height 835 mm (32.9 in)
  • Curb Weight 214 kg (472 lbs)
  • Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
  • Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Brakes Front Disc brake, twin
  • Brakes Rear Disc brake
  • Tires Front 110/80R19M/C 59H
  • Tires Rear 150/70R17M/C 69H
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 20.0 L (5.3 / 4.4 US / Imp gal)
  • Color Metallic Fox Orange and Glass Sparkle Black


  • Displacement 645 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-Twin
  • Fuel System Suzuki fuel injection
  • Starter Electric
  • Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)


  • Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.

MSRP: $8,099

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