Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT to be launched in India in July - Report

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

As per Autocar India’s sources, Suzuki’s first middleweight adventure motorcycle, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT will be launched in the country by July.

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT press front right quarter
The V-Strom 650 borrows design cues from its elder brother, the V-Strom 1000, which is already available in the country in its base variant.

The media site reports that the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT will enter the country via the CKD route, after the Hayabusa and the GSx-S750. The upcoming Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is an off-road ready adventure variant compared to the regular V-Strom 650. In the UK, the V-Strom 650 is available in four variants. The standard base variant is road-biased; the GT variant adds panniers and top box for more practicality. The V-Strom 650 X GT adds panniers and top box to the XT variant.

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The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT comes with spoke wheels for better off-road performance; hand guards, and underbelly protection. Powering the adventure tourer is a 645 cc DOHC V-twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection. It generates 71 PS at 8,800 rpm and 62 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The claimed efficiency figure stands at 24.3 km/l. The bike comes with two-mode, switchable traction control; low-rpm assist and Suzuki easy start system. The engine works in tandem with a 6-speed gearbox.

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT press shot left side
The spoke wheels with tubeless tyres bring the best of both worlds when it comes to handling punctures and bad roads.

Suspension bits include telescopic front fork and a link-type monoshock at the rear. For braking, it uses a disc at the rear, and twin discs up front, both with ABS. The bike weighs 216 kg, kerb, and comes with a generous 20-litre fuel tank. Its chief rival would be the Kawasaki Versys 650. The media house reports that the bike is likely to cost INR 7.5 lakhs, ex-showroom.

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT - Image Gallery

[Source: Autocar India]

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