The Suzuki V-Strom 250 adventure tourer takes design inspiration from its bigger V-Strom siblings and could enter local assembly to get competitive price tag
With entry-level premium motorcycle segment facing a big push from manufacturers due to the increased customer preference, BMW is introducing its G310GS next month and it will be rivalled by the KTM 390 Adventure as soon as next year. Although Kawasaki Versys X-300 is already present, it is steeply priced leaving the Royal Enfield Himalayan as the only accessible adv for many enthusiasts.
Sensing the gain in popularity of adventure motorcycle segment, more brands could fancy their chances with their respective models. Suzuki is expected to be one of them as its overseas portfolio already has well recognised advs across different price and capacity range. The Japanese firm displayed the V-Strom 250 at the EICMA 2016 in Milan after its global debut in China alongside the GSX-R250.
Suzuki V-Strom 250 shares its engine with Inazuma 250 and takes design inspiration from its larger siblings V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 while borrows some components from them. It is yet unsure whether Suzuki V-Strom 250 will be launched in India or not but we can expect it to be arrive in late 2019 or sometime in 2020.
The dual-purpose adventure bike is expected to receive a price tag of around Rs. 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) if locally manufactured. It will be short on performance compared to the aforementioned competitors but has agility and character to be a potent model off the road. The Inazuma 250’s 248cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine is used.
It has been tuned to deliver high performance with good fuel economy. The engine is mated with a six-speed transmission and churns out 25 PS of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 23.4 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Over to the mechanical bits, the Suzuki V-Strom 250 gets front telescopic suspension with long travel.
It comes equipped with disc brakes on both wheels while there will be ABS as standard. The V-Strom 250 gets alloy wheels and runs on 110/80-17 front and 140/70-17 rear tyres built for off-roading. The quarter litre adventure tourer is an aggressive and rugged looking model, and sports spherical headlamp while the sharp beak-like front cowl acts as secondary mudguard.
It also features steep front windshield, fairing alongside fuel tank and lower engine guard for muscular appearance. It boasts 15-litre capacity fuel tank and is equipped with forged lever and sports digital instrument cluster. The riding posture is low to offer comfortability during long saddle hours and the exhaust gives a sporty stance.
It is expected to come with a whole host of accessories and could get Red, Blue and Grey colour options. As for the dimensions, the Suzuki V-strom 250 measures 2,085 mm in length, 740 mm in width and 1,110 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1,430 mm and the 178 kg weighing motorcycle gets a seat height of 790 mm from ground. Its entry could make for a tasty rivalry in the entry-level premium adventure tourer segment and let us hope Suzuki will get us what we need!