2017 Vstrom 650/650XT

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by MariusD, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. MariusD

    MariusD Long timer

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    Unexpected! One might say...

    Suzuki just released the pictures and details of the updated DL650 at intermot and it seems pretty significant:

    - Gone is the twin split headlight design, replaced with a single headlight housing with two vertically stacked headlights. And a new touring windscreen, will be included on both models. The new styling changes ensure all four V-Strom models will have a unified design

    New Features:
    - Power from 68hp to 70hp, peak torque has risen from 44lbft to 45.7lbft
    - Traction control
    - ‘Easy start system’ from the SV650
    - Suzuki’s ‘Low RPM Assist’, designed to help novices avoid stalling by automatically increasing revs slightly as the clutch is released.
    - Windscreen now has three-position adjustment and the instrument panel is more like the V-Strom 1000’s, according to Suzuki.
    - A power socket has been added
    - Optional three-case luggage system lockable with the ignition key.

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    Full article here: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle...ates-v-strom-650-range-look-more-v-strom-1000
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  2. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I'm going to get one!

    New beak is much better. Now, how much will they cost? :hmmmmm
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  3. Cal

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    Tank removal looks easier without the side plastics.
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  4. easy_rider_77

    easy_rider_77 Been here awhile

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    Wish the spoked rims were black.... the gold looks a bit out of place.... but otherwise looks great!!
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  5. eakins

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    They did not upgrade the forks to USD on the XT???
    Or create a XT-R version with better suspension and spokes.
    Big miss on Suzuki's count imo.

    A 650 xt with the 1000 suspension would have been a game changer. Suzuki could have asked for $500 more for the xt with USD (only $100 more now for xt) and those inclined to dirt would have paid it while those paved only riders would have been happy with the base model. I'm sure Cogent is happy they will still be selling a ton of DDC valves!

    I would have considered moving up from my '12 for USD & spokes, but not this.

    You were so close this time Suzuki...
    Now everyone will jump on closeout '16 XT because they will go cheap as the 17 only brings a look.

    Happy to see tractional control. Will give them credit there but the 650s charm is it hardly ever broke traction in the first place unless you're a total ham wrist.

    Ok Yamaha your move next with the 700. What is your final product bringing to the table vs this XT? And Kawi...you guys just give up even trying???
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  6. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Hopefully, they found a way to drop a few pounds too . . . was hoping for more cc's to allow taller gearing etc. IMO, TC is not really needed in a 650 cc package.

    Looks like the same hard bags as the V2 . . . which are small & a bit heavy.

    Nice looking bike and will do most anything you want with enough revs . . .


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    Hard to tell the '17 V2XT from the Wee2 XT . . . other than the forks:

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  7. MariusD

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    They did... about 2.2lb... :smile6

    "And the whole package is a kilo lighter, despite the higher spec – what’s not to like?"


    This motorcyclenews article is VERY detailed in describing the changes, thus a very good read if anyone cares for the details:

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/...ntermot-new-2017-suzuki-v-strom-650-unveiled/
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  8. Argus16

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    Hopefully the new screen adjusts higher...
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  9. MCGMB

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    The white actually looks...

    good. :nod

    A Vstrom -- who knew?

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  10. MariusD

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    As a current '12 DL650 owner I'm excited about pretty much all these changes. Seems like suzuki improved an already great bike.

    Firstly, imo the bike looks MUCH better.
    Gotta love integrated luggage, lockable by ignition key!
    Gotta love improved windshield with less buffeting (at least that's what suzuki claims).
    Gotta love traction control! While it isn't an absolute must to have it on this 650, I can think of at least one crash in the rain that might have saved me had my strom had TC. Plus it's possible to turn if off completely, so that's awesome for those who don't care about it.

    Just wish it had cruise control... if not out of the box, at least as a factory add on option.
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  11. K1W1

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    It still has the 2004 frame and late 1970s suspension. Yet another on the on the cheap confuse the buyers with new colours and plastics styling exercise from Suzuki.
    The only way the 650 Strom will cease being the cheap and cheerful laughing stock of the ADV world will be with a ground up rebuild but that unfortunately is something the bottom feeder company of the Japanese motorcycle industry will never do.
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  12. RhinoVStrom

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    I was on the Intermot today at the presatation of the 2017 V-Strom 650 and the V-Strom 1000XT. Here is a impression.
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  13. Nelso

    Nelso All the gear-no idea

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    Finally they get rid of the Dame Edna headlights
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    There goes a description of the exercise then by somebody who obviously would not buy one no matter what they did.:-)
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  15. MariusD

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  16. Jao

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    Never bothered to look at the Vstrom but must admit this new 650XT looks good.
    Thanks for the vid, RhinoVStrom.
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  17. drtyrrel

    drtyrrel "don't look down"

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    That looks nice. Hopefully it will drop the price on the 2012 up models.

    - Suzuki’s ‘Low RPM Assist’, designed to help novices avoid stalling by automatically increasing revs slightly as the clutch is released.

    That sounds interesting. More novice stalls are caused by "dumping the clutch" rather than not using enough throttle. I wonder how this will work when somebody dumps the clutch? wheelie instead of stalling? :confused
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  18. Newfiebullet

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    Making the gas tank smaller kind of sucks.

    I wonder if the low rpm assist would help in low-speed, rough-ground, crawling situations, where normally you'd rely on clutch slipping? Can't see it, really, since it says it will raise rpms, and that's not what you really want in those type situations, you want to be able to go as slow as possible without stalling.
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  19. 996DL

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    Fuel capacity remains at 20 litres, only the exterior dimensions are reshaped.

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    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    Fuel capacity on the older Stroms is listed at 22lts.

    Which means I was really lucky, recently, crossing the stretch of hwy between Port Hope Simpson and Goose Bay (410 kms) based on my fuel consumption of just under 5lt/100kms. I was under the impression that it had a 25lt tank, or I'd have carried a jerry can that day, for sure.
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