New Suzuki V-Strom 650XT hits Australian dealerships

CONTINUING the V-Strom family legacy of being fun and logical motorcycles to ride and own, the 2021 650XT range is adorned by stunning new Metallic Oort Grey, Pearl Brilliant White and Candy Daring Red/Glass Sparkle Black colour schemes.

The 645cm3 DOHC V-twin is a masterpiece of Suzuki engineering. Tuned to deliver phenomenal low to mid-range torque for whilst maintaining exhilarating top-end beating out 52kW with 62Nm of torque.

A learner approved version is also available in the Metallic Oort Grey colour scheme with its maximum output restricted to 35kW to meet the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) requirements.

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Equipped with a high specification traction control system that continuously monitors the front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position, and gear position, with various sensors and controls, the engine output can manage timing and air delivery.

The system can be switched between two modes and 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 to give greater confidence on slippery surfaces or in the rain.

Compared to the steel frames used by competitor models, the lightweight aluminium twin spar frame offers superior rigidity and balance providing steady handling and manoeuvrability while keeping the chassis slim.

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

For controllable and dependable stopping performance the 650XT is equipped with 310mm twin discs with twin piston calipers up front and a 260mm single disc with a single piston caliper on the rear.

A compact and lightweight Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) unit features advanced settings for a more natural feel and secure activation.

Wire-spoked aluminium-alloy rims as standard on the V-Strom 650XT absorb shock effectively at low speeds to promote friendly handling character and are shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tyres.

Genuine Suzuki hand guards and protective engine under cowling are fitted as standard equipment to support harsh riding conditions. The 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 consumption, 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. For user convenience a 12V DC outlet is positioned directly below the instruments as standard equipment.

The Suzuki Low RPM assist system reduces the chances of an unexpected engine stall by automatically raising the idle speed when releasing the clutch or when riding at very low rpms.

The Suzuki Easy Start System fires the thumping V-Twin to life at one touch of the starter button. The 2021 V-Strom 650XT and V-Strom 650XT Learner Approved are available now for a Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $13,490 Ride Away.

Coinciding with the 2021 release is the addition of two new Genuine Accessory luggage kits.

The ‘Voyager Pack’ comprises a full set of Genuine Suzuki aluminium luggage; consisting of an extremely tough 38L top box, constructed from 1.5mm aluminium, further strengthened by featuring lid and side wall ribbed contours.

The top case is accompanied by a set of tough 37-litre quick-release, waterproof aluminium side cases.

As a matching system, many features are shared across all three pieces including construction material, stainless steel latches, glass-fibre reinforced plastic corner covers for additional protection and integrated tie-down points.

Combined, the luggage set offers users 112-litres of usable storage. All three pieces and mounting points are lockable by key, lock sets and all required mounting bracketry are included in the kit. It’s available in powder-coated black and anodised silver finishes.

Interested customers are encouraged to build their own dream V-Strom 650XT by visiting suzukimotorcycles.com.au and experiencing the ‘Build Your Bike’ feature. For further information please see your local authorized Suzuki Dealer

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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