2017 is shaping up to be the year of the small-displacement ADV bike. Honda (CRF250L Rally), Kawasaki (Versys-X 300), and here Suzuki’s V-Strom 250/ABS. Let us not forget the first-to-market CSC RX-3 introduced two years ago.
We’ve been giddy about small-displacement-sized adventure bikes since testing the CSC Cyclone a couple years ago. Enter 2016 EICMA and not only does Honda announce the 2017 CRF250L Rally, but so does Suzuki bring forth a mini-ADV bike with its V-Strom 250/ABS.
The diminutive V-Strom is powered by a 248cc parallel-Twin with a claimed 24.7 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 17.3 ft.-lb. of torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine is said to be optimized for low- to mid-range torque production by way of intake valves that are optimized for airflow, and tuning for maximum acceleration at speeds between 13 mph and 56 mph.
For a smaller bike the V-Strom 250 comes equipped with a nice reverse-lit LCD instrument cluster that includes a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual trip meters, a gear position indicator, driving range, average fuel consumption, and a fuel gauge.
The rear of the V-Strom is outfitted for accepting optional side cases, while a non-adjustable windscreen helps deflect the wind. The small Strom also features 10-spoke wheels, petal-type front brake rotors, and ABS.
Suzuki says the concept of the V-Strom 250 is “‘Massive and Smart’: Massive for the solid feel of its well-balanced body and Smart for its sophisticated and practical design that provides ease of handling.” With 17-inch wheels, front and rear we know this Strom is meant more for the street than the dirt.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Strom 250 measures up against the newHonda CFR250L Rally. From first glance, though, the Honda, with its 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel appears to be the better off-roader while the Suzuki’s 17-inchers, both front and rear, will be the more dominant streetbike.
Now it’s a matter of planning where we should test all these new ADV competitors once they’re available.