New 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT

Suzuki updated V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT for 2017, boasting more performance and technology than ever before
2017 Suzuki DL650
2017 Suzuki DL650

A worldwide hit and becoming a best seller in its class since its introduction in 2004, the V-Strom 650 is widely regarded as the benchmark for the middleweight adventure market. The 2017 iterations are lighter, more advanced and more powerful than ever before.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The updated for 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650.

Key features of the new 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT are:

  • New Traction Control System
  • Over 60 new engine parts resulting in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption
  • New “Beak” design inspired by DR-BIG

    2017 Suzuki DL650 XT
    The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT comes standard with wire-spoke wheels, hand guards and an engine under-cowl guard.
  • Hand guards and engine under cowling protection now standard fitment (650XT)
  • New instrumentation based on V-Strom 1000 design
  • New 12v DC power socket
  • New Suzuki Easy Start System
  • New Low RPM Assist
  • Australian Availability: Q2, 2017 – Final colours, specs and pricing TBC
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT in action.

A worldwide hit and becoming a best seller in its class since its introduction in 2004, the V-Strom 650 is widely regarded as the benchmark for the middleweight adventure market. The 2017 iterations are lighter, more advanced and more powerful than ever before.

The 645cm3 DOHC V-twin is a masterpiece of Suzuki engineering. For 2017 the updated powerplant has been tuned for stronger low to mid-range torque for practical use while maintaining its exhilarating top-end.

2017 Suzuki DL650
2017 Suzuki DL650

The new engine now meets Euro4 emission standards with the help of new technology such as the resin-coated pistons, and by revising over 60 internal components resulting in a higher output whilst keeping the unique V-twin character.

With low fuel consumption combined with the large 20L fuel tank, the riding rage between fuel stops are at the top in this class, relieving the rider from the stresses of frequent refuelling.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT come with traction control.

For 2017 the V-Strom 650 range inherits the highly praised traction control system from the V-Strom 1000, offering additional safety on the road.

This 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.

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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT’s traction control is derived from the V-Strom 1000’s system.

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.

Suzuki DR Big - DR800
The Suzuki DR Big – DR800 inspired the 2017 V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 styling.

The iconic DR-BIG was the first Adventure model to have feature the “Beak” front cowl styling, in recent years the V-Strom brand has been inspired by that distinctive look. Both 650 models now sport the updated beak design featuring a more direct line from the tip of the beak to the top of the fuel tank.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT feature a height adjustable screen and revised style beak.

The windscreen design has also been updated with similar styling to that seen on its bigger sibling, the V-Strom 1000. The screen is 9mm taller than previous and features three adjustable height positions. Developed through extensive wind-tunnel testing and providing a comfortable well-protected area, reducing wind buffering and turbulence.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The V-Strom 650 exhaust is also redesigned, saving weight, moving the weight lower and allowing for easy luggage fitment.

Newly designed down-type exhaust system is 40g lighter and lower to the centre of gravity resulting in lighter handling. The long-slung design also accommodates the slim and smart optional three-part luggage system.

2017 Suzuki DL650
2017 Suzuki DL650

The new V-Strom 650’s retain the lightweight and rigid aluminium twin spar frame and swingarm from the previous iteration, offering strong handling performance and reliability.

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

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2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT 20L fuel tank.

The redesigned slimmer and smarter fuel tank still holds a capacity of 20L, by eliminating the plastic covers on both sides of the tank from the previous model, the tank has become slimmer and is now able to accommodate magnetically attachable tank bags.

The frame covers which were positioned directly underneath the seat on the previous model have been slimmed down as well, allowing the rider to reach straight down to the ground, resulting in better access to the ground and increased rider confidence.

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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 features an updated seat for better comfort.

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

The highly praised tandem area parallel with the rear carrier also remains, providing a large flat space to securely strap large baggage when needed.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The standard V-Strom 650 features 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels.

Equipped with 310mm twin discs with twin piston calipers on the front and a 260mm single disk with a single piston caliper on the rear, the V-Strom 650’s provide controllable and dependable stopping performance. Also the compact and light-weight Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) has been upgraded to the next generation unit with advanced settings for a more natural feel and secure activation.

The standard V-Strom 650 features newly designed 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels saving 100g in total and increasing road feeling to the rider for increased confidence.

2017 Suzuki DL650 XT
Wire-spoked aluminium-alloy rims as standard on the 2017 V-Strom 650XT.

The wire-spoked aluminium-alloy rims as standard on the V-Strom 650XT absorb shock effectively at low speeds to promote friendly handling character.

Both models are shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tyres, specially developed for the V-Strom 650.

2017 Suzuki DL650
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, comes standard with an engine under cowling protection and hand guards.

Previously only unique to the Australian spec models, the 2017 V-Strom 650XT globally will come equipped with hand guards and protective engine cowling to support harsh riding conditions.

A new 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.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The new digital dash with analogue tachometer on the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT. Traction control level is below the trip meter.

The new instrument cluster permits the addition of a 12V DC outlet positioned directly below the instruments as standard equipment, supporting the rider for the use of GPS units and/or recharging of mobile devices.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The Low RPM Assist on the 2017 V-Strom 650 and 650XT helps reduce the chance of stalling, providing extra revs when releasing the clutch to change gears.

By adopting the new Low RPM assist system, the chances of an unexpected engine stall have been minimised. This system will automatically raise the idle speed when engaging the clutch or when riding at low rpms, assisting frequent clutch work in congested traffic and preventing sudden and unexpected engine stalling when operating in the low rpm range.

2017 Suzuki DL650 XT
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, a great all-round mid-capacity tourer.

The Suzuki Easy Start System enables engine starting at one push of the button. A computerised ECM checks the status and engages the starter motor immediately after activating the switch, making the engine starting process even easier for the rider.

2017 Suzuki DL650 XT
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, two-up with full optional three-piece luggage.

The 2017 V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT are expected to arrive in Australia during the second quarter of 2017 with final specifications, colours and pricing being confirmed closer to launch.

2017 Suzuki DL650
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650.
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 (650XT) Technical Specifications
  • Engine – 645cc, 90˚ V-twin, four-stroke, DOHC
  • Bore x Stroke – 81×62.6mm
  • Compression – 11.2:1
  • Induction – Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve, ISC
  • Gearbox – Six-speed, constant mesh
  • Chassis – Aluminum twin spar frame
  • Front Suspension – Conventional forks, 150mm travel
  • Rear Suspension – Single rear shock, preload and rebound adjustable
  • Brakes – Dual two-piston calipers, 310mm floating stainless steel discs (F),
    single 260mm disc and single-piston caliper (R), Bosch ABS
  • Rims – 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels (Wire-spoke, aluminium-alloy rims)
  • Tyres – Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40, 110/80 – 19, 150/70 – 17
  • Wet weight – 213kg (216kg)
  • Wheelbase – 1560mm
  • Seat height – 830mm
  • Ground clearance – 170mm
  • Fuel capacity – 20L
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT specifications.
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT specifications.