The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Is Still A Great All-Arounder
Suzuki Motorcycle’s popular mid-size adventure bike, the V-Strom 650, is back on the market for another year. The V-Strom 650 package has proven itself as a trustworthy companion over the years, no matter the adventure ahead. Generally considered to be a great “do it all” bike – regardless of if you’re road-tripping or riding to work, the entry-level “adventure – tourer,” as Suzuki calls it, will get you there.
The 2023 V-Strom 650 retains all of its charming characteristics from previous years, including its Advanced Traction Control System and its water-cooled 645CC V-twin, which still produces a respectable 70 HP and 46lb-ft.
The Japanese-made 2023 V-Strom comes in 3 packages, The base 650A, the happy-medium 650XT, and the touring-ready 650XT Adventure. The XT comes equipped with upgraded spoke-style wheels with coordinated rim colour, knuckle guards, and a lower engine cowl. While the Adventure also adds on a set of Suzuki side cases.
Suzuki says the power delivery on the V-Strom is predictable and controllable, with plenty of torque down low and strong delivery through to the top of the RPM range. The bike comes standard with ABS, Low-RPM Assist, and the Suzuki easy start system. Connecting the rider to the road is a 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch in the back, wrapped in Battlax Adventure A40 rubber. Overall, as the entry-level adventure model in Suzuki’s 2023 lineup, The V-Strom 650 provides some great bang for the buck.
In the United States, the base V-Strom is only available in Pearl Vigor Blue, while the XT comes in Pearl Brilliant White, and the XT Adventure is Glass Sparkle Black. Meanwhile, the Canadian market gets the base bike in both Blue and Black, while the XT & XT Adventure packages also have the option of Champion Yellow No. 2.
The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650 starts at $9,104 USD / $10,699 CAD.
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- Price: $9,104 USD / $10,699 CAD
- Key Features:
- Standard ABS
- Three-Mode Traction Control System
- Optional XT and XT Adventure Upgrade Packages
- Suzuki’s Advanced Traction Control System
- Engine: 645cc V-Twin
- Power: 70hp
- Torque: 46 lb-ft
- Weight: 470 lbs (213kg)
- Seat Height: 32.9 inches (835mm)
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2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650/650 XT/650 XT Adventure Specifications
|Engine||645cc, 4-Stroke, liquid -cooled, DOHC, 90 Degree V-Twin|
|Bore x Stroke||81.0 x 62.6 mm (3.2 x 2.5 in.)|
|Compression Ratio||11.2: 1|
|Fuel System||Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate type|
|Suspension Front||Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension Rear||Link type, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes Front||Tokico 2-piston calipers, Disc, twin|
|Brakes Rear||Nissin, 1-piston, Disc single|
|Tires Front||BATTLAX, 110/80R19 M/C (59V) tubeless|
|Tires Rear||BATTLAX, 150/70R17 M/C (69), tubeless|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||20.0 L|
|ABS||Suzuki Antilock Braking System|
|Ignition||Electronic Ignition (transistorized)|
|Traction Control||Three mode Traction Control System (1, 2, and OFF)|
|Overall Length||2275 mm (89.6 in.)|
|Overall Width||835 mm (32.9 in)|
|Overall Height||1,405mm (53.3 in)|
|Wheelbase||1560 mm (61.4 in.)|
|Seat Height||830 mm (32.7 in.)|
|Curb Weight||216kg (476 lbs)|
|Warranty||12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty|
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650/650 XT/650 XT Adventure Features
ABS-EQUIPPED BRAKE SYSTEMEquipped with 310mm diameter twin discs with twin two-piston callipers on the front and a 260mm diameter single disk with a single-piston calliper on the rear, the V-STROM 650 provides controllable and dependable stopping performance. Also, the compact and light-weight ABS, to avoid wheel lock caused by excess hard braking, has been upgraded to the next generation with advanced settings for a further natural feel and secure activation.
Note: ABS is not designed to shorten the braking distance. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.
LOW RPM ASSISTBy adopting the Low RPM assist system, the concern of an unexpected engine stall has been relieved. This system will automatically raise the idle speed when engaging the clutch or when riding at low rpms, assisting frequent clutch work in congested town rides and preventing sudden and unexpected engine stall when running in the low rpm range.
SUZUKI EASY START SYSTEMConventional starter switches needed to be pressed by the rider until the engine starts, but the V-STROM 650 has adopted the Suzuki Easy Start System enabling the engine to start with one push of the button. A computerized ECM checks the status and disengages the starter motor immediately after start, making the engine start easier for the rider.
SOPHISTICATED V-TWIN PERFORMANCEThe 645cm 3 DOHC V-twin is a masterpiece of Suzuki engineering which has an evolving history. For the V-STROM 650, this unit has been tuned for ample low to mid-range torque for practical use while maintaining an exhilarating top-end. The unit meeting emission standards has undergone a rebuild, installing technology such as the resin-coated pistons, and revising over 60 components of the engine to achieve a higher output in a broad area of the rev-range while keeping the unique V-twin character with low fuel consumption. With low fuel consumption combined with the large 20L fuel tank, the riding rage between fill-ups are at the top in this class, relieving the rider from the stress of frequent refuelling. The further evolved engine has succeeded in emphasizing the attractions of the V-STROM 650 character, making it another masterpiece by Suzuki.
SUZUKI DUAL THROTTLE VALVE (SDTV) FUEL-INJECTION SYSTEMFeaturing the performance-proven Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) injection system, each cylinder has two butterfly valves for enhanced power output and efficiency. One butterfly valve is directly linked to the riders throttle control while the other butterfly valve is controlled by the ECM and operates according to information from the throttle position sensor, engine speed sensor and gear position sensor for optimum intake flow, realizing an efficient and smooth power delivery with ample torque at low revs. Idle speed control is also a feature, supporting a steady idle speed and fewer emission. The injectors have been upgraded to a 10-hole type with a long nozzle for further efficiency.
RESIN COATED PISTONSOne of the upgraded features in the 645cm3 unit are the resin-coated pistons which is a coating technology to decrease friction in the cylinder, resulting in improved fuel economy and corresponding to latest emission control. Special L-shaped piston rings are also installed for enhanced sealing performance and blow-by gas reduction, all resulting in meeting up-to-date regulations while improving the output and the ease of use.
CAMSHAFTS FOR A DISTINCTIVE POWER FEELFor the unique character of the V-STROM 650, the engine needs to be strong not only at the top end but at the frequently used low to mid-range. To meet these demands, the engine has an original intake camshaft with equally lengthened intake ports, while for the exhaust camshaft, has adopted the item from the SV650 road model which are higher lifting compared to the previous V-STROM 650. These features and a total set-up has resulted in a boost in torque and power in the mid to high rev-range, providing the rider with an exciting ride when with a sporty mind, and a stress-free character for daily rides or on a long haul, simply enhancing the attractions of this 650.
LIGHTER AND LOWER EXHAUST SYSTEMThe down-type exhaust system is lighter and closer to the center of gravity, contributing to nimble handling while being able to accommodate the slim and smart optional luggage system.
The catalyzers have been positioned in a tandem configuration achieving the required level of emission control for Euro4 emission standards, while successfully gaining exhaust efficiency to boost the output.
*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.
*The ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves.
THE V-STROM FAMILYWith the design concept “Design is in our DNA”, the V-STROM 650 has a solid and smart look, in kin to its 1037cm3 brother bringing the V-STROM family together. Suzuki’s original “Beak” style has been further emphasized by making it a straight line from the tip to the top of the tank, expressing the DNA from the DR-BIG and the desert racer DR-Z. The heritage and history of Suzuki’s adventure models are further expressed, giving the owners pride of ownership.
HEADLIGHTS AND TAILLIGHTContributing to the V-STROM 650 image is the headlights and taillight, a common feature with the V-STROM family. The high and low beam of the lightweight headlight is in a compact vertical configuration and realize brightness equivalent to the previous twin headlights, while when on high beam, both low and high bulbs illuminate providing a broader lit up area.
SLIMMER TANK, WITH A 20L CAPACITYThe slimmer and smarter tank holds a capacity of 20L, realizing a long riding range combined with the excellent fuel consumption. Also, by eliminating the plastic covers on both sides of the tank from the previous model, the tank has become slimmer and is able to accommodate magnetically attachable tank bags. The frame covers which wore positioned directly underneath the seat on the previous model have been slimmed down as well, allowing the rider to reach straight down to the ground, resulting in better access to the ground and more confidence.
WHEELS AND TIRESTen spoked cast-aluminum wheels/colour coordinated spoke-style wheels are an eye-catching feature for the V-Strom 650. Not only do they give a sporty image in kin to its V-Strom 1000 brother in the Suzuki Adventure model family, tracking back to the DR-BIG and DR-Z, but improves the road holding ability and reduces weight. The V-Strom 650A/XA/XAA features tubeless tire applicable wire-spoked wheels which absorb shock from the road better due to the flexible character of spokes, providing the rider with further comfort and exhilarated riding pleasure. Wheel sizes are 19-inch on the front and 17-inch on the rear, realizing the perfect balance of stable and nimble handling, and installed tires are the stability and grip level heightened Bridgestone BATTLAX ADVENTURE A40, specially developed for the V-Strom 650.
SUPPLE SUSPENSIONFlexible and comfortable conventional telescopic forks have a forgiving character, allowing stress free long distance rides to an exciting run on twisty roads. The rear suspension is equipped with rebound adjustment and a remote preload adjuster which can be operated by hand allowing the rider to quickly setup the suspension to match the riding style or in a case of two-up riding or with a full load of luggage without any tools needed.
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