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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure Review


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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure Review

The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure.

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It’s been a decade since Suzuki launched the V-Strom 1000, and the sales success of that naked bike triggered spinoffs like the 650 (in 2003) and an ABS-equipped model (in 2006.) Seeking to capitalize on the growing adventure touring segment, Suzuki’s new V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure joins the mix with big boxy saddlebags, a three-way adjustable windscreen, and a cage around its liquid-cooled 645cc 90 degree v-twin powerplant-- resulting in a significantly more imposing adventure touring machine.

The mill hooks up to a six-speed transmission with a chain final drive, and is fed by a big 5.3 gallon fuel tank. Up front, a non-inverted telescopic fork with 5.9 inches of travel meets twin-disc brakes and a 19-inch wheel, while the rear link suspension manages a single-disc brake and a 17-inch, 150mm wheel/tire combo with a generous 6.3 inches of articulation.

The V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure’s saddle sits 32.9 inches tall—the same height as the non-Adventure model—and incidentally, those hulking, top-hinged saddlebags are each large enough to hold a full-face helmet.

While the standard V-Strom 650 ABS is priced at $8,299, the Adventure version receives a $1,500 premium for a grand total of $9,799-- or $9,999 for the unchanged 2013 model.

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