While word of a new parallel-twin-powered V-Strom 650 has been floating around the internet for a while, it’s now safe to say that 2023 is not the year for the big change. Suzuki has officially announced its 2023 V-Strom 650, and the durable V-twin lives to see another production line.
Suzuki’s middleweight adventure-tourer continues to rely on its liquid-cooled 645cc 90-degree V-twin engine in a beak-clad chassis for all of its trims, which includes the base model, V-Strom 650XT, and V-Strom 650XT Adventure. This engine can happily chug along at very low speeds, thanks to the low-rpm assist feature, and can smoothly deliver the ponies when asked. The traction control system has three modes of varying levels of intervention: Off disengages all TC features, Mode 1 offers the lowest level of intervention, and Mode 2 is for low-traction surfaces such as rain-soaked roads. The V-twin is still mated to a precise six-speed transmission.
When the reins of the Wee-Strom are pulled, two Tokico calipers grab 310mm discs (front) and a Nissin, one-pot caliper grabs the single 260mm disc (rear) to bring the bike to a stop. ABS is standard equipment at both ends. To limit beak bobbing and back-end bottoming there’s a 43mm telescopic fork with 5.9 inches of travel and a link-type shock with 6.3 inches of travel. Both are adjustable for preload; the rear also includes rebound adjustability.
The base model keeps a plain-and-simple silhouette, whereas the XT and XT Adventure progressively load on more adventure-ready equipment. The XT features wire-spoked rims, hand guards and lower engine protection. These features are also seen on the XT Adventure, but it adds 37-liter aluminum side cases, handlebar cross-brace, and an engine accessory bar.
Pearl Vigor Blue is a new color for the base model, but arguably the more exciting color is the Pearl Brilliant White with gold-anodized rims to match the gold accents on the beak and tank. The accessorized XT Adventure retains the Glass Sparkle Black of 2022.
Pricing comes in at $9,104 for the base model, $9,599 for the XT, and $10,799 for the XT Adventure.
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650/XT/XT Adventure Technical Specifications And Price
|PRICE:||$9,104 (base) / $9,599 (XT) / $10,799 (XT Adventure)|
|ENGINE:||645cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin|
|BORE x STROKE:||81.0 x 62.6mm|
|FUEL DELIVERY:||Fuel injection, SDTV-equipped|
|FRONT SUSPENSION:||43mm telescopic fork, preload adjustable; 5.9 in. travel|
|REAR SUSPENSION:||Link-type shock, rebound and preload adjustable; 6.3 in. travel|
|FRONT BRAKE:||Tokico 2-piston calipers, dual 310mm hydraulic discs w/ ABS|
|REAR BRAKE:||Nissin 1-piston caliper, 260mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS|
|WHEELS, FRONT/REAR:||Cast (base) / spoked (XT, XT Adventure); 19 in. / 17 in.|
|TIRES, FRONT/REAR:||Bridgestone Battlax; 110/80-19 / 150/70-17|
|SEAT HEIGHT:||32.9 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY:||5.3 gal.|
|CLAIMED WET WEIGHT:||470 lb. (base) / 476 lb. (XT) / 528 lb. (XT Adventure)|
|WARRANTY:||1 year, limited|