It’s been quite the weekend for Suzuki, hasn’t it? On the same day that Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima broke his own record at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb while driving a Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, the Japanese auto and motorcycle builder also went ahead and unveiled their latest product: the 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS.

Among the changes made on the new V-Strom 650 include a bevy of aesthetic and aerodynamic improvements that should get fans of the bike up and excited over the 2012 version.

For starters, the bike’s windscreen is now adjustable in three positions and the new V-Strom-embossed logo now sits 15mm higher than its predecessor, improving rider comfort by giving them the chance to stretch their legs a little more. Likewise, the air outlets on the both sides of the cowlings further improves the bike’s cooling and wind protection, while also giving it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Even the muffler and the rear luggage rack each sport new designs with the latter now made out of resin material, as opposed to the aluminum make of the existing model.

The new V-Strom 650 also gets a new liquid-cooled oil cooler, which should help in stabilizing oil temperatures, thus improving the bike’s engine reliability.

As for the engine, Suzuki also gave the 2012 V-Strom 650 a new V-Twin, 645cc engine that further improves the bike’s overall performance, especially in the low-to-mid rpm range.

All in all, the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 takes all the elements of its predecessor and completely improves them. The new model is even 13 lbs lighter than the previous version, making for a lighter, more powerful, and more rounded bike.

  • 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS
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    V-Twin engine
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    645 cc L


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  (2) posted on 09.17.2011

When is Suzuki going to let us know the pricing in the US. Europe gets pampered by motorcycle manufactures. All the good reviews and walk arounds I have seen on the new V-Strom have come from Germany and Italy. I hear an 8% jump in price from 2011 but thats based on the increase in EU pricing. If anybody knows anything pls let me know, im waiting to buy a bike in this class and it’s looking like Suzuki is going to price themselfs out of it.

  (2) posted on 09.16.2011

Josimos, its not a sport bike or just a street bike its an adventure class bike. a jack of all trades master of none. sure its no Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 or BMW gs but it’s 1/2 the price and 0ver 100 lbs lighter so its much easier to handle off road, better mpg,great to ride to work every day and then load up and get away on the weekends.....

  (434) posted on 07.5.2011

Actually, I think this one is more of a special version of the standard 650 version. Just take a look at some of the features that they have incorporated ted here, they really look different.

  (276) posted on 07.4.2011

I really like the look of this bike, it is very simple and elegant. And from the specs that they have provided, it seems that this will also be able to put out a good performance.

  (692) posted on 07.1.2011

If I am correct, this one is actually more of an entry level street bike rather than a full fledged racer. Just look at those specs, they are not really all that powerful. But still a good ride though.

  (453) posted on 06.29.2011

Wait, is this one the Middle class motorbike that Suzuki has been teasing about last month? It really sure looks like it, down to the look of the nose, but it is really promising.

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