Suzuki's new middle-class adventure bike breaks cover

Publish Date: 
Jun 22, 2011
By Bruce Steever

Images courtesy Suzuki

After a drawn-out teaser campaign, Suzuki finally pulled the wraps off of the long-rumored update for the popular V-Strom series. For 2012, Suzuki unveils a new DL650 V-Strom, complete with a revised engine and reworked styling.

While many current DL owners pined for a new, larger engine and top-shelf suspension components, Suzuki simply refined the model without losing any of the core components that made it a success. The previous middleweight V-Strom won praise for being a flexible motorcycle that offered tremendous value and the 2012 model aims to do the same.

Thus, the 2012 DL650 does not introduce an all-new frame, inverted forks or a new 800cc engine. Instead, Suzuki installed the updated 645cc mill from the Gladius, which should offer a bit more torque and fuel efficiency compared to the old motor.

Suspension remains status quo. Most of the changes to the new model revolve around small but important refinements, new styling and an extensive accessories list. New bodywork and windscreen create a much more svelte appearance and promise to improve airflow management for the rider, a sore point on the previous model. Curb weight is down by 13 pounds. New, more extensive instruments are controllable via the left handlebar switchgear. ABS appears to be standard fitment. And finally, a huge number of accessories have been shown, including multiple hard case luggage options, various bike and rider protection parts such as crashbars and hand guards, and touring accessories such as seats and a centerstand.

After a teaser campaign that had many fans gnashing their teeth, Suzuki has delivered a new bike that should tick all the necessary boxes. For more information and pictures, check out