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.
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