Identifying a specific bike based on its trim is often confusing as the nomenclatures are usually identical to one another, except for a few interchangeable letters. Suzuki is one brand that has this kind of issue, specifically with its line of popular V-Strom tourer models. Such is the case with the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT, which has finally made it to dealerships, adding yet another model to an already stout V-Strom 650 range.

Don’t be confused by their names because the V-Strom 650 XT offers a wide range of unique features that are different from other V-Strom 650 models. While it is based on the 650, the 650 XT has a new front beak inspired by the much bigger V-Strom 1000. It also has new hand guards, an aluminum sump protector, new engine bars, and lightweight DID wire-spoked wheels that offer improved strength and stability when the tourer is ridding unpaved roads.

It’s essentially a recrafted and highly more sophisticated version of the 650 range, which is probably what Suzuki was going for in the first place. With the V-Strom 650 XT now in dealerships, Suzuki can begin offering the bike to interested customers. The price tag for one has been set at £7,499 in the UK. Fortunately, the bike is priced a little bit cheaper in the uS at just $10,399.

Additional accessories will also be part of the model, but as always, availing these add-ons will come at an added cost.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT.

Why it matters

A lot of bikers have probably waited for a long time for the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT to hit dealerships. Granted, the bike wasn’t in my wish-list heading into 2015, but I was still curious to see how the bike would be received given how many V-Strom tourers Suzuki already has at its disposal. A new V-Strom 650 with a few bells and whistles added to make it different? Doesn’t sound too enticing to me.

But I’m probably in the minority here, which I completely understand. The V-Strom is arguably one of Suzuki’s most popular models and there will be a market for the new 650XT, a lot of whom can probably justify the minor differentiations of the model from the rest of the V-Strom lot. That’s why the announcement of the 650XT finally arriving in dealerships is being treated as big news.

The wait is over for a lot of these folks. Now its time to see if the V-Strom 650XT can live up to all the hype.

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Arrives in Dealerships Exterior
- image 609635

The 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is the latest line of popular V-Strom models Suzuki has released. While still carrying the V-Strom name, the 650XT differentiates itself pretty impressively with a number of aerodynamic changes to its body.

Chief among them is a new front beak that has integrated air ducts that allows air to the wind directing plates, thus improving the bike’s overall cooling performance.

The 650XT also has a new adjustable windscreen, new aluminum side cases, a rugged accessory bar, and a Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray paint finish that complements the tourer’s impressive performance credentials.

Speaking of performance, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is powered by a handy 645 cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC engine that pumps out close to 66 horsepower and 42 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels courtesy of a six-speed constant mesh transmission, ensuring that the model creates enough power to make it a wild-scoring tourer.

Pricing for the V-Strom 650XT begins at $10,399 in the US.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
About the author
What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder: