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-Stromâ€™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. Thereâ€™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. Thereâ€™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 whichÂ produces 25PS and 23.4Nm. The cycle parts are similar to the sports model too, which is unlike what youâ€™d expect from an adventure tourer that usually features long travel suspension and bigger wheels.
Thereâ€™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 youâ€™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.