Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 shows that small can indeed be beautiful

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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 has a small... motor. Power output is very modest. But then, it's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean...

Suzuki recently uveiled the pint-sized Suzuki’s V-Strom 250, at the EICMA in Milan. The V-Strom 250 joins its bigger brothers, the V-Strom 1000 (launched way back in 2002) and the V-Strom 650 (launched in 2004), and looks like a machine that could be fun to ride despite its smaller engine capacity and lower power output. The 'Strom 250's Euro 4-compliant 248cc SOHC parallel-twin produces 25 horsepower and 23Nm of torque, which sounds a bit miserly but should feel okay on the road, in the real world. And given its sport-touring mission in life, the baby Strom is fitted with an all-new windscreen for optimum weather protection, side case mounts, a 12V DC power outlet, large aluminum rear carrier (8.5kg capacity), reverse-lit full-LCD instrument panel, LED tail lights and 10-spoke alloy wheels. Bosch ABS is standard fitment.

The V-Strom 250's engine has been optimised to deliver peak efficiency in the 20-90kph range, which is where most riders are likely to spend most of their time when riding this machine. Suzuki have worked hard to reduce NVH and deliver a smooth, pleasant ride. Colours include black, yellow and red, and the bike is expected to be in Suzuki showrooms early next year. Pricing will be announced by Suzuki closer to the bike's launch.

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