Taking style inspiration from the V-Strom 1000, the new Suzuki V-Strom 250 looks like a cosmetic job on the new GSX-R250 sport tourer.
It seems that the entry-level adventure bike segment has been suddenly bombarded with lots of new products and one of the latest entrants is the Suzuki V-Strom 250 (DL250). The company has unveiled this new baby V-Strom with its 2017 line-up at the 2016 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.
The new Suzuki V-Strom 250 gets all new styling, inspired by the bigger V-Strom 1000 and 650. However, it looks just like a nicely done cosmetic job on the newly introduced GSX-R250, so you might not be able to go off-roading with this one. Both the semi and fully-faired siblings are based on the Inazuma 250 (GW250), which was also offered in the Indian market for approximately a year.
Powering the V-Strom 250 is the same 248cc parallel-twin engine that is used in its siblings as well. The motor continues to produce 25PS of power at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 23.4Nm at 6,500rpm. The engine has been tuned for enhanced low to mid-range torque delivery and the company claims that the bike can go around 482km on a full tank of fuel. The weight of the bike is just around 190kg (wet) and is accessible for most, with the saddle being 788mm high.
The V-Strom shares the new 17" alloys with the new GSX-R250 along with the road-biased rubber. The suspension set-up also remains the same with telescopic front forks and rear monoshock. The fully LCD, tablet like instrument panel of the bike features a speedometer, rev counter, gear position indicator, and fuel range along with the other telltale lights.
The touring compatible features of the bike include a windshield, rear luggage carrier and pannier mounts which are standard with the bike, while the Suzuki side cases and top box come as optional extras.