Suzuki hopes to make adventure-riding more accessible with the new V-Strom 250. We predicted its arrival some time back. Now, it's available in select markets in Europe and Japan, and is designed to be equally at home in city traffic as the open road. This new model delivers plenty of power and easy to control low to mid-range torque.
Suzuki’s V-Strom series has won the hearts of riders around the world since the debut of the V-Strom 1000 in 2002 and the V-Strom 650 in 2004. With the V-Strom 250, Suzuki wants to brings the same excitement, riding pleasure and adventure versatility to a broader audience; whether for riders who are buying their first motorcycle, riders returning to two wheels after a long absence, or riders looking for a more manageable lightweight machine and many others too.
The V-Strom 250 was designed around the concept of “Massive and Smart.” Massive for the solid feel of its well-balanced body and Smart for its sophisticated and practical design that provides ease of handling. Naturally, the V-Strom 250 shares the same adventure DNA as its larger V-Strom brothers, with design cues such as its rugged body lines and solid stance, the yellow color scheme and the distinctive ‘beak’ paying tribute to Suzuki’s famed DR-Z and DR-BIG desert racers.
It is powered the same 248 cc liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, SOHC unit found in the recently launched 2020 Suzuki GSX250R and coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine can produce 24 PS of power and 22 Nm of torque. The Euro-spec version produces 25 PS of power and 23.4 Nm of torque. The ABS version tips the scales at 189 kg, while the standard trim is a kilo lighter. The engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 31.6 km/l.
The cam profile for the V-Strom 250 delivers maximum acceleration performance at speeds between 20 km/h to 90 km/h, as this is the range that is used most often. As an additional benefit, the cam profile also suppresses noise generation to deliver a smoother, more pleasant ride.
The two-into-one exhaust system features an optimized shape for the chamber in front of the catalyzer. This maximizes acceleration performance at mid-range speeds, while the efficiency of the system also reduces exhaust emissions.
The 10-spoke wheels pairs with tires that provide strong grip on the road. Stopping power is provided by petal-type front and rear disc brakes. An Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) made by Bosch is also equipped to deliver yet greater confidence and control.
Riders will enjoy the benefit of the compact windscreen that provides effective shielding for a more comfortable ride. The V-Strom 250 also features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel. Readouts include the speedometer, tachometer, gear position and RPM indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, average fuel consumption and oil change timing indicators, and a clock.
The Suzuki V-Strom 250 rides on a standard telescopic fork up front and a monoshock at the rear. The bike has a 17-liter fuel tank and a ground clearance of 160 mm. Besides that, the Suzuki V-Strom 250 gets disc brakes and a 140-section rear tire.