Small displacement adventure motorcycles are quite popular in the Asian market. Honda's CB150X has established itself as a formidable rival, and of course, bikes like the Kawasaki Versys X300 and KTM 390 Adventure have established themselves even in the United States and Europe. It is true that motorcycles like these show you don't actually need a lot of power and displacement to enjoy yourself both on and off road.
Suzuki, who has recently debuted the V-Strom 250 SX in the Philippines, is the newest participant in the small-capacity ADV market. Instead of the V-twin engine that has become standard for the 'Strom, the 250 SX has an oil-cooled single-cylinder engine. With a displacement of 249cc and a decent 26.5 horsepower, this strong engine is more than punchy enough to provide confidence-inspiring acceleration. Suzuki claims that the "V" in V-Strom stands for versatility, and indeed, this is exactly what the V-Strom 250 SX is.
One glance at the bike might lead you to believe it is a considerably larger motorcycle. Its massive, angular bodywork is similar to those of its larger brothers, the V-Strom 650 and 1050. Additionally, it sports a boxy, stacked headlamp that was modeled by Suzuki's dual-sport motorcycles, particularly the DR Big and DRZ 400 enduro. Despite being a beginner-level, budget-focused model, the V-Strom 250 SX exudes refinement and class thanks to all these aesthetic aspects.
Aside from its performance and appearance, the V-Strom 250 SX has conventional telescopic forks with 120 millimeters of travel. It also boasts a preload-adjustable rear monoshock, and its front and rear wheels measure 19 inches and 17 inches, respectively. Although it would've been much nicer if Suzuki had included a set of wire-spoke wheels on this bike, similar to the V-Strom 650 XT, it's obvious that the company was on a limited budget in order to be able to offer this bike for a competitive price.
Speaking of price, the Suzuki V-Strom is now available in the Philippines for P229,000. This is a fairly decent deal given how adaptable and simple to ride this vehicle is. For this motorcycle, Suzuki Philippines has begun taking bookings; delivery should start in the first quarter of 2023