Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom

 

 

 

Make Model.

Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom

Year

2007 - 08

Engine

Four stroke, 90°-V-twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

645 cc / 39.4 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 81 x 62.6 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Lubrication Wet sump

Induction

Fuel Injection 39 mm

Ignition 

Electronic Ignition 
Spark Plug NGK, CR8E
Starting Electric

Max Power

49 kW / 66.6 hp @ 8800 rpm

Max Torque

63.1 Nm / 6.4 kgf-m / 45.5 lb/ft  @ 7600 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple discs, cable operated

Transmission

6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Frame Aluminium, twin spar

Front Suspension

Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload adjustable
Front Wheel Travel 160 mm / 6.2 in

Rear Suspension

Link type, oil damped, coil spring, spring preload fully adjustable, rebound damping force fully adjustable
Rear Wheel Travel 163 mm / 6.4 in

Front Brakes

2 x 310 mm disc, 2 piston calipers, ABS

Rear Brakes

Single 260 mm disc, 1 piston caliper, ABS

Front Tyre

110/80R19

Rear Tyre

150/70R17
Dimensions Length 2290 mm / 90.1 in
Width     840 mm / 33.0 in
Height  1390 mm / 54.7 in
Wheelbase 1555 mm / 61.2 in
Seat Height 820 mm / 32.3 in
Ground Clearance 165 mm / 6.4 in

Dry Weight

194 kg / 427.6 lbs
Wet Weight 220 kg / 485 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

22 Litres / 5.8 US gal / 4.8 Imp gal

Standing ¼ Mile  

13.2 sec

Top Speed

180 km/h / 112 mph

With motorcycles more specialized than ever, you can now have an entire stable of machines (money permitting) and choose the one ideally suited to the task of the moment. Unfortunately, however, it's not so easy to take all of them with you on a multi-day ride.

If you're looking for one motorcycle to cover lots of conditions — or if your budget limits you to one — there are few choices as versatile as the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom.

I recently finished a week-long tour on the Wee-Strom (as many of its owners affectionately dub the smaller of the Suzuki V-Strom models) that would test the versatility of any motorcycle.

The trip began with a 500-plus-mile day, mostly on interstate highways, from AMA headquarters in Ohio to New England. That was followed by a few days exploring from the Massachusetts coast to New Hampshire's White Mountains, on everything from four-lane highways to rutted dirt roads. Sometimes in the rain.

The highlight of the trip was a ride to the peak of Mount Washington, at 6,281 feet the highest road in the Northeast. (Read more about the trip in the October issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.)

In fact, during the course of the tour, I did just about every form of non-competition riding possible except for trails and a track day on a road course. And in the right hands, the V-Strom could handle mild trails and wouldn't embarrass itself at your local track day, either.

With versatility like that, how can you go wrong? Well, only by choosing the V-Strom when another bike would better fulfill the demands of your personal riding mix.

You see, the V-Strom 650 slots into its own niche in the growing-but-still-small adventure-touring category. It offers a lighter, less expensive alternative to the big rigs of the adventure-touring world, such as the BMW R1200GS or the KTM 950 Adventure, on the dirty end of the scale, to the Triumph Tiger and the bigger DL1000 V-Strom, on the street-oriented end of the range. At the same time, the DL650 is more highway-ready than the dual-sport thumpers sometimes pressed into similar duty, such as the Kawasaki KLR650 or Honda XR650L, both last updated more than a decade ago.

The smaller V-Strom hits this slice of the market with a package that mixes the sweet 645cc, 90-degree, fuel-injected V-twin from the street-going SV650 with a more upright, dirtbike-like riding position, wind protection from a big fairing, Bridgestone Trail Wing tires — dual-sport rubber with a street bias — and a generous gas tank. With 5.8 gallons aboard and the V-Strom's frugal fuel economy, it's easy to make 250 miles between gas stops without pressing your luck.

 

This setup works quite well out on the highway. The V-twin has been retuned for more low-end torque in the V-Strom, compared to the SV650, and it provides a broad range of power.

You won't get the high-end rush of a sportbike's four-cylinder, nor will you get the off-idle, tractor-like torque of a big cruiser's V-twin, but the lack of drama is deceiving. Power is available almost regardless of where the needle points on the tachometer.

Another staffer who rode the bike complained about the frequency of the vibration at highway speeds. Personally, I never noticed the vibration, even after a 12-hour day on the bike. One person's annoying buzz is another's pleasant thrum (low frequencies bother me, for example, while most people can't stand a high-frequency vibration), but overall the 90-degree V-twin is a smooth powerplant.

The fuel capacity and the upright riding position, combined with the fairing’s generous wind protection make long, uninterrupted highway runs possible. The windscreen is adjustable — as long as you don't mind getting out the toolkit and removing a few bolts. But even in the lower position, the screen is as high as most people will want. There's just a hint of buffeting, but nothing that tired me.

The same can't be said for the seat. Owners of the DL1000 V-Strom seem happier with their seating accommodations. I suspect Suzuki was aiming at making 650 buyers feel comfortable about getting both feet on the ground, but the soft, smallish seat is the weak point in high-mileage days. Passengers actually get a broader, more comfortable place to sit.

Off pavement, the V-Strom is a little too heavy and a bit lacking in suspension travel for truly hazardous duty. On pavement, a bit more power from the front brakes would be nice on the street. But then again, the suspension is calibrated to work well where the bike spends most of its time, on asphalt, and the brakes are set up to perform in a variety of conditions, including dirt roads and crumbling pavement.

What you get in exchange for these minor compromises is a bike that will be 80 percent as comfortable as a dedicated sport-touring bike on the highway, and 80 percent as competent on dirt as a street-legal dual-sport thumper. If you're the type of rider who spends most days on pavement, but relishes the ability to turn down a dirt road on a whim, just to see what's there, the V-Strom will hit your sweet spot.

You can fine-tune the bike even more precisely to your needs with a few accessories. The V-Strom becomes more tour-worthy by adding Suzuki's optional color-matched saddlebags and a top case. With the bike's standard luggage rack, adding an aftermarket top box would also be a simple matter.

The aftermarket also supplies items to make the V-Strom more off-road worthy, such as bash plates, handguards and engine guards that protect that big fairing in case of a tipover.

The price for the V-Strom's versatility is relatively modest: MSRP is $6,699.

Which is a lot cheaper than buying a full stable of bikes. And a lot easier to take with you

Source  Lance Oliver

Review

The first bike we ever tested, about 100 years ago, was the Suzuki V-Strom. It’s a great bike, with a wonderful engine, surprisingly good handling and looks only its mother could love. And now here we are testing the runt of the litter, the V-Strom 650. And what’s changed? At first glance very little. It’s still enormous, still as practical as ever and still as ugly as a drunken brawl. In fact, the only obvious difference between siblings is the single exhaust on the smaller bike and a slightly less leery colour scheme.

Taking the 650 V-Strom home, then, was likely to be something of an anticlimax. Especially as over the last few weeks I had mainly been riding the GSX-R 1000 tested elsewhere. One extreme to the other, you might say. And you’d be dead right, of course. And completely wrong. Because, despite its bulk and relatively small engine, the 650 V-Strom is not a slow bike. Not by any means.

That little motor, more commonly seen in everyone’s favourite first big bike the SV650, may only produce 66ps but it does it in style. I am pushed to remember the last time I rode a vee twin that revved this happily and I certainly can’t think of one this small that went this well.

Let’s look at the downsides, because there must be some. And there are. The SV650 is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a pretty bike. Understatement. It’s as ugly as sin. Happily, though, it is also nearly as much fun. The only other criticism I have is also aesthetic and purely down to my own taste and memory. If the term ‘plastic maggot’ means nothing to you then please feel free to skip this bit.

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s there was a universally derided, mocked and generally disliked bike called the CX500. It was also incredibly common because at the time it was the only shaft drive liquid cooled bike available that was a sensible size and had decent performance so couriers across the land bought them and ran them ‘til they broke. The styling and handling earned them the nickname of the plastic maggot, and one of the most enduring memories I have of them was the noise they made. Horrible it was, and the 650 V-Strom sounds exactly like a plastic maggot. That pipe has to go…

Riding the beast, of course, is a different story. The noise gets left behind and all you have is the experience. The handling is inevitably a little woolly. After all, there’s a lot of fork between you and the wheel and dual purpose tyres don’t help. But you can still get your knee down if that sort of behaviour appeals, and the bike tracks easily and accurately. The wide bars help to lever it into corners fast and the geometry works well to allow you to flick the hefty bike around quite easily. The brakes are ample for a bike of this style, hampered as they are by the yards of suspension movement. No fuss or dramas though, even on gritty roads.

The V-Strom lives on back roads. The twistier the road and dodgier the surface the better, at least within reason. I spent much of the test period on country lanes I normally avoid simply because the bike was such a laugh to ride there. Ace visibility from the high seat and a forgiving engine make for a great back roads tool, and this is one of the best.

Comfort is a strong point as well. The big seat is an ideal combination of soft padding and firm control while the small screen is adjustable to provide pretty well anyone with buffet free riding. The optional handguards and heated grips would turn the little V-Strom into a fantastic all weather bike, too.

Functionally everything does as you’d expect. Mirrors and lights are both excellent, there s plenty of space to strap stuff on and there is a range of luggage available specially for it. Fuel consumption is miserly, though the fuel gauge is still a little too discreet for my liking.

Overall this is a cracking little motorbike. Well, not so little, actually. It would be ideal as a first bigger bike for a large person, as a commuter or even as a tourer for someone who doesn’t mind having to work a little harder. The willing engine, smooth gearbox and enjoyable handling make it one of the most fun bikes I’ve ridden this year.

And isn’t that what biking is all about?

Source Motorbikes Today