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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 | Quick Look

2012 Suzuki V-Strom

With the goal of creating a "comfortable adventure tourer," Suzuki has redesigned the V-Strom 650 ABS for 2012.

The updated V-Strom features a new powerplant-though still a liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin-for increased torque in the low- and mid-range, plus a boost in horsepower at high rpm.

First through fifth speeds have been tightened up for increased performance, leaving sixth as an overdrive. Ergonomically, there is a new fairing with more protection, plus an three-way, adjustable windscreen.

The 5.3-gallon fuel tank has been narrowed at the front, and there are three seats available so the rider can personalize the V-Strom – a stock of 32.9 inches and 0.8 of an inch either higher or lower.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Quick Stats

  • BORE x STROKE: 81mm x 62.6mm
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
  • WHEELBASE: 61.4 inches
  • RAKE: 26 degrees
  • SEAT HEIGHT: 32.9 inches
  • WET WEIGHT: 472 pounds
  • PRICE: $8,099

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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