The Suzuki V-Strom brings the world of adventure bikes closer to the likes of people who are on a budget or new to the idea of these type of motorcycles.
What Suzuki has done is taken the bigger V-Strom's styling and wrapped it around the 250cc base. The beak with its yellow livery pays tribute to the DR-Z Dakar Rally machine.
The V-Strom makes an interesting case for itself. There's a large screen above the round headlamp which looks sufficient to block head on wind. The fuel tank has a useable 17-litre capacity, and one can attach the optional hard panniers to the mounts on the rear subframe, making it fit for long hauls. The aluminium luggage rack has a payload of 8.5kg which adds to the load-carrying capacity of the motorcycle. There's a 12V socket to charge electronic devices. The seats appear to be plush and suited to long hours in the saddle.
The engine is similar to the GSX-250R whichproduces 25PS and 23.4Nm. The cycle parts are similar to the sports model too, which is unlike what you'd expect from an adventure tourer that usually features long travel suspension and bigger wheels.
There's a belly pan at the bottom of the engine to protect it from damage from rocks and other debris when riding off-road.
The single disc upfront and at the rear feature Bosch ABS. The LCD dash is the same unit as on the GSX and should offer all the information you'd need.
The V-Strom 250 makes a lot of sense for the Indian market. Adventure bikes are quite popular, and there is no entry-level adventure bike on sale currently. Could Suzuki India make the first move, then? We wish.