2018 V-Strom 650XT Now Available


The MY18 V-Strom 650XT is now available from Australian dealerships sporting three updated colour schemes.

A worldwide hit and Australias best-selling multi-cylinder mid capacity adventure motorcycle for 2017, the V-Strom 650XT is widely regarded as the benchmark for the middleweight adventure market.

The 645cm3 DOHC V-twin is a masterpiece of Suzuki engineering. Heavily updated last year with over 60 internal revised components, the engine is tuned to deliver phenomenal low to mid-range torque for whilst maintaining exhilarating top-end punching out 52kW @8,800rpm with 62Nm of torque @6,500rpm.

Maximum output is restricted to 35kW on the Learner Approved version to meet the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) requirements. The Learner Approved version is only available in the Champion Yellow colour scheme.

The highly praised traction control system continuously monitors the front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position, and gear position with various sensors, and controls the engine output by managing the ignition timing and air delivery. The traction control system can be switched to either of two modes, or off. The modes differ in terms of sensitivity. Mode one allows modest rear wheel spin for more advanced, exhilarating riding, while mode two activates traction control at the slightest loss of rear-wheel grip giving the rider greater confidence on slippery surfaces or challenging conditions.

Compared to the steel frames used by competitor models, the lightweight aluminium twin spar frame offers superior rigidity and balance providing steady handling and manoeuvrability whilst keeping the chassis slim enabling the rider to reach the ground easily.

An ever important feature on an adventure touring motorcycle is a comfortable seat, the V-Strom 650XTs seat design works in unison with the front cowling and will continue living up to its reputation for being an ultra-comfortable touring machine.

For controllable and dependable stopping performance the 650XT is equipped with 310mm twin discs with twin piston calipers up front and a 260mm single disc with a single piston caliper on the rear. A compact and lightweight Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) unit features advanced settings for a more natural feel and secure activation.

Wire-spoked aluminium-alloy rims as standard on the V-Strom 650XT absorb shock effectively at low speeds to promote friendly handling character and are shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tyres.

Genuine Suzuki hand guards and protective engine under cowling are fitted as standard equipment to support harsh riding conditions.

The instrument cluster incorporates a large analogue tachometer and digital readouts for the gear position and speedometer. The digital section below displays the odometer, twin-trip meter, clock, fuel level, coolant temperature, ambient temperature, battery voltage, range on remaining fuel, average and instantaneous fuel consumptions, and traction-control modes. The remaining fuel range continues to display after the fuel gauge shows empty, offering the rider with accurate and comforting information.

For user convenience a 12V DC outlet is positioned directly below the instruments as standard equipment.

The Suzuki Low RPM assist system reduces the chances of an unexpected engine stall by automatically raising the idle speed when releasing the clutch or when riding at very low rpms. Proving particularity helpful in frequent clutch work situations such as navigating through congested city traffic.

The Suzuki Easy Start System fires the thumping V-Twin to life at one touch of the starter button.

The MY18 V-Strom 650XT and V-Strom 650XT Learner Approved are available now for a Manufacturers suggested retail price of $13,290 Ride Away.