Upcoming Suzuki V-Strom 250 Bike
Upcoming Suzuki V-Strom 250
Suzuki’s V-Strom series has won the hearts of riders in the adventure motorcycle segment since the V-Strom 1000 debuted in 2002 and the V-Strom 650 joined the club in 2004. Now, Suzuki brings the same excitement, riding pleasure and adventure versatility in a smaller package with the V-Strom 250. Unveiled at the 2016 EICMA in Milan, Italy, the V-Strom 250 marks Suzuki’s presence in the entry-level adventure motorcycle. This new entrant joins the 2017 line-up of Suzuki in the quarter-litre segment. Although the maker is yet to make it official regarding its launch(and price) in India, the tourer is expected to get launched in the second half of 2017 with a price estimated at Rs 2.5-3.0 lakhs(Both needs to be officially announced from the maker).
With a host of adventure tourers in the making, the Suzuki V-Strom 250 will compete with a bunch of new and upcoming offerings internationally including the Royal Enfield Himalayan as well as the upcoming BMW G 310 GS, Kawasaki Versys 250, and KTM Duke 390 based adventure tourer.
Suzuki V-Strom design & Looks
The Suzuki V-Strom 250 take its design inspiration from the company’s first entry-level adventure bike – the V-Strom 1000. The bike features sharp tank cowl projecting as a secondary mud guard(According to Suzuki, one of the reasons for the sharp tank cowl is the distinctive ‘beak’ pays tribute to Suzuki famed DR-Z and DR-BIG desert racers.), 10-spoke alloy wheels, turn indicators mounted on the radiator casing, steep front windscreen, forged lever, petal-type disc brakes at the front as well as the rear and telescopic, coil spring, oil damped front suspension and swingarm type, again coil spring, oil damped rear suspension. The styling is very much like an off road bike. Suzuki will offer the V-Strom 250 in 3 shades viz. Metallic Diamond Red, Pearl Nebular Black, and Dazzling Cool Yellow.
ABS(developed by Bosch) is also provided on the model to deliver greater grip and control. The bike features a decently sized LCD instrument panel which gives a useful chunk of numbers viz. speedometer, tachometer, gear indicator, RPM indicator, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, average fuel economy, oil change indicator and finally, a clock. The bike measures 2085mm in length, 740mm in width, 1110mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1430mm. Its seat height is 790mm, while the fuel tank capacity is 15 litres. The saddle height of 788 mm makes it easy to swing over the leg, irrespective of the height of the rider and the weight of the bike is 190 kgs (wet).
One of the key features includes the provision to carry side cases and a large aluminum carrier(maximum capacity of 8.5 kg) with the dedicated mounting clips fitted with hooks for attaching straps.
Suzuki V-Strom Specification
The new Suzuki V-Strom will be powered by a 248cc, four-cylinder, liquid cooled, SOHC parallel twin engine that gives out a maximum power output of 24.7bhp and a peak torque of 23.38Nm(this is the same unit seen on the Suzuki GSX-250R as well). According to Suzuki, the new cam profile delivers maximum acceleration and also suppresses noise generation, thus providing a smooth and hassle free ride. Another key technical aspect is the two-into-one exhaust system, which has an optimized shape for the chamber in front of the catalyser which further maximizes acceleration. Suzuki claims this design philosophy will provide better engine output and curb power loss.
The company claims that the engine has been optimized to maximize low-to-mid-range power. This touring adventurer is expected to return around 25-30kmpl of fuel efficiency. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the bike via a 6-speed gearbox. The bike can run up to 482 kilometers on one full fuel tank(of capacity 15 liters).
Besides the Suzuki V-Strom 250, the company is also planning to launch the Suzuki Gixxer 250 that will rival the KTM Duke 200, Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and Mahindra Mojo. The Gixxer 250 will be powered by a 250cc, single cylinder engine that produces 24.7bhp of power and 23.2Nm of torque.
Suzuki V-Strom 250 Launching Date – Sept 2017
Suzuki V-Strom 250 Expected Price – Rs. 2.50 – 3.00* lakhs
Suzuki V-Strom 250 Images