2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS and 650XT ABS | 7 Fast Facts
Suzuki has made some big changes for 2017 to the V-Strom 650 ABS and V-Strom 650XT ABS. In addition to getting many of the engine enhancements we first saw on the 2017 Suzuki SV650, the V-Strom 650s are now more adventure touring-capable. Let’s take a look at the most important changes to Suzuki’s smallest ADV bikes.
- The big news for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650s is the updated motor. Featuring the new resin-coated piston and exhaust cams from the 2017 SV650 sport bike among its 60 new engine parts, the 645cc V-twin now puts out 70 horsepower at 8800 rpm, as well as 46 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm.
- There are updates at both ends of the fueling process of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 motor. At the beginning, long-nose 10-hole fuel injectors are designed to improve combustion and decrease fuel consumption. At the other end, a new exhaust system is lighter, has new catalyzers, and allows for narrow mounting of optional sidebags.
- Traction control comes to the V-Strom 650 line. While the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650s don’t get the full suite of electronics on the 2017 V-Strom 1000s, traction control is a welcome addition. The sophisticated system takes wheel speed, gear position, crank position, and throttle position into consideration when determining when to reduce power to hold traction. There are two levels of traction control intrusion, and it can be turned off for dirt riding.
- The new tail section simplifies adding bags. An impressive standard luggage rack doubles as a mounting point for sidebags and a top box. This is a huge improvement over the old V-Strom 650s. Plus, it looks purposeful, as an ADV bike should.
- Convenience, comfort and functional features have been added. The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650s gets the Easy Start Button (just a touch gets the motor running), Low RPM Assist (makes stalling when leaving a stop less likely), an updated instrument panel, 12V outlet in the fairing, a three-position windshield, plus slimmer bodywork and seat.
- Styling is updated. For 2017, the standard V-Strom 650 gets the cool beak up front. Both V-Strom 650s get new vertical headlights and LED tail lights. Other new plastic enhances the look of both 650s.
- The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT gets a few additional features. The 650XT has wire-spoke DID rims, handguards, and plastic protection for the underside of the new motor.
Watch for full Ultimate Motorcycling tests of the new 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS and 650XT ABS as soon as we can get our hands on them.