Based on the Inazuma, the Suzuki V Strom 250 Adventure Motorcycle will go up against the upcoming Kawasaki Versys 250.
The all-new Suzuki V Strom 250 had its world debut at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition, followed by its public display at the 2016 EICMA in Milan. This quarter-litre adventure motorcycle recently goes on sale in the UK market at a starting price of £4,599, while its deliveries will begin in October 2017. The V-Strom 250 will also make its way to India sometime next year. In the entry-level adventure tourer segment, the new Suzuki bike will take on the BMW G310 GS and the upcoming Kawasaki Versys 250. With robust body built and rugged styling, the V-Strom 250 will appeal off-roading enthusiasts.
Suzuki claims that the V Strom 250 combines slim styling and massive presence in a unique design defining that modest engine displacement. Based on the Suzuki Inazuma 250, the new Suzuki V Strom 250 shares its engine with its donor sibling. The 248cc, four-stroke liquid-cooled SOHC parallel-twin engine makes 25bhp against 23.40Nm. Design and styling of the adventure tourer is inspired by the V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000. Most of its features and components will also be carried out from its larger capacity siblings.
The V-Strom is already retailed in the Japanese and Chinese markets. Now, it has entered in UK at £4,599. Considering the increasing demand for adventure motorcycles, Suzuki might bring in the V Strom motorcycle in the Indian market. It is likely to hit our shores sometime next year. Reports suggest that adventure tourer might have its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Though, Suzuki is yet to make an official statement whether the bike would come to India or not.
As mentioned above, the V-Strom 250 motorcycle is already on sale in select overseas markets. In the Chinese market, the motorbike is available in two variants – Non-ABS and ABS – priced at CNY 29,880/- (around Rs 2.8 lakh) and CNY 31,880/- (approx Rs 3 lakh) respectively. In India, the bike will come via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and then assembled locally at bikemaker’s Gurgaon based plant. The Suzuki V Strom 250 price in India is estimated to fall around Rs 2.5 lakh.
Similar to the UK-spec model, the India-bound version of the new Suzuki V Strom adventure tourer will source its power from a 248cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled SOHC parallel-twin engine. This gasoline unit is claimed to be analysed and optimized to maximize its low-to-mid-range torque and offer easy to control and powerful ride. With a full fuel tank, this motorbike provides a riding range of over 500km. Transmission duties on the bike are carried out by a 6-speed gearbox.
Packed with a 248cc parallel twin engine, the UK-spec V-Strom 250 delivers a claimed fuel efficiency of 88mpg (around 31.2kmpl). If the India-spec version of the bike will feature the same powertrain, it will be as frugal as the UK-spec model.
The new Suzuki V Strom 250 has been designed on the “Massive and Smart” design concept. While the massive refers to its well-balanced and solid body, the Smart stands for its practical design. Most of the styling bits seem inspired by the company’s first adventure bike – the V Strom 1000. The bike also borrows some of its design bits from the V Strom 650 such as yellow colour scheme and ‘beak’ paying tribute to Suzuki’s highly popular desert racers – DR-BIG and DR-Z.
The V-Strom 250 isn’t only a long-distance adventure tourer, but a competent urban commuter as well. The bike gets sharp tank cowl projecting as a secondary mud guard. Other features include alloy wheels, turn indicators mounted on the radiator casing, steep front windscreen, forged lever, single front disc brake and front telescopic suspension.
The bike features a reasonably sized non-adjustable screen and an LCD instrument panel that displays average fuel consumption, two trim meters, speedometer, odometer, tachometer, a gear position indicator, a fuel gauge, oil change notification and a clock. Suzuki is also offering an accessory package with the bike.
In UK, the bike is made available in three paint schemes – Black with Red, Black with Yellow and Solid Black with Red lettering.
· Sharp tank cowl projecting as a secondary mud guard
· 3-spoke alloy wheel
· Turn indicators mounted on the radiator casing
· Steep front windscreen
· Forged lever
· Single front disc brake
· Front telescopic suspension
Based on the “Massive and Smart” design concept, the Suzuki V-Strom 250 has rugged and sporty appeal. While most of its design features are carried over from the V-Strom 1000, the engine is shared with the Suzuki Inazuma 250.