The middleweight adventure bike category has been getting a lot of buzz recently and Suzuki is the latest manufacturer to announce a new motorcycle offering from this segment. Yamaha recently bagged a Red Dot Design Award for its Ténéré 700 middleweight adventure motorcycle and Honda also teased the internet with a potential smaller middleweight Africa Twin. Prior to all the lockdowns and cancellations of motorcycle shows, Suzuki was able to display a new BS6 compliant V-Strom 650 XT at the Auto Expo Show held in New Delhi, India. Such an announcement came despite the more stringent emission standards brought about by the new BS6 and Euro5 standards which will be implemented soon.
While the exact specifications about the new middleweight V-Strom have not been officially announced just yet, we can already tell that it draws its style from the older generation, with a semi-faired design, angular fuel tank panels, up-swept exhaust, and spoked wheels. The V-Strom features a tall windscreen, present in most adventure motorcycles from its segment, a fully digital instrument display, and LED lighting all around.
The V-Strom 650 XT has been in production since 2004 and adapts the same engine found in the SV650. It draws power from a 645 cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine from the previous generation V-Strom 650 which was capable of churning out 71 hp and 62 Nm of torque. It comes standard with dual-channel ABS, three-level traction control, and Low RPM Assist for improved ease of use, even at low speeds. However, the new BS6 standards could potentially change the power figures once it comes out.
The new V-Strom 650 XT has already been teased into certain Suzuki websites suggesting that the release of the new model is imminent. It goes to show that the middleweight adventure motorcycle segment is gonna be a growing market the big 4 Japanese motorcycle brands are capitalizing on.