The Suzuki V-Strom has been Hamamatsu’s dual sport/adventure bike contender since 2002. However, the big 1,050cc (since 2020) may be too large and too expensive for most Filipino riders.
Just recently, Suzuki Motorcycles Philippines has been very busy on their social media page, teasing riders about their latest motorcycle model that will be fully revealed at this weekend’s Inside Racing Lifestyle Expo at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
Based on the teaser photos released by Suzuki Motorcycles Philippines, the new bike’s silhouette, as well as the front fascia, without a doubt, belong to the budget-friendly V-Strom 250SX, which made its debut in India last April.
If it is indeed the V-Strom 250SX, then it will be powered by a 249cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, oil-cooled engine that churns out 26.5 PS of power at 9,300 RPM and 22.2 Nm of torque at 7,300 RPM. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed transmission. The seat height is just 32.8 inches – or just 2 inches taller than the Burgman Street 125’s saddle.
With its 12-liter fuel tank capacity and 167-kilogram weight, the V-Strom 250SX should be able to reach at least 350 kilometers in one top-up – or about 30 kilometers per liter fuel consumption. Other features include front and rear disc brakes, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear dual-sport tires, and a fully-digital panel gauge.
If Suzuki Motorcycle Philippines will import the same version of the V-Strom 250SX intended for the Indian domestic market, we can expect the digital panel to have Bluetooth connectivity and the Suzuki Ride Connect enabled. The Suzuki Ride Connect allows the rider to connect his or her smartphone to the V-Strom 250SX to manage calls, see alerts and navigate through the system’s turn-by-turn GPS function.
Generally speaking, the SRP of motorcycles in India is more affordable compared to here. In India, the new V-Strom 250SX is sold at INR 211,600 or roughly PHP 151,000.
Watch out for the official launch of Suzuki’s new motorcycle at the 2022 Inside Racing Lifestyle Expo this Friday, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.