2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 / V-Strom 650XT Review

Adventure bikes are definitely a thing, and aren’t showing any sign of going away anytime soon, and Suzuki’s V-Strom (Deutsch for stream) is definitely one of the major players advancing the cause, as it were. A couple of years ago, Suzuki made the decision to drop the V-Strom 650 Adventure, and focus its energies on the base model 650 and 650XT. The result is palpable with a number of improvements for the 2017 model year that will likely endear these rides to their fans even more. This year we have more power, plus a traction control system to help manage said power as well as some nifty aesthetic tweaks and more, so join me while I take a look at what the factory has in store for us.


Right off the bat I’m a fan of the new fairing and headlight arrangement. That’s right, I said it. I prefer the slight bird’s beak to the blunt entry used on the previous versions. The over-under headlight setup is a nice bonus too, and not as sophomoric-looking as the previous side-by-side, robot-eye arrangement.

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