Suzuki DL650: history, specs, pictures
|Suzuki DL650 V-Strom|
|Also called||DL650 V-Strom|
|Production||2002 - 2007|
|Bore / Stroke||98.0mm x 66.0mm|
|Horsepower||95.88 HP (71.5 KW) @ 7600RPM|
|Torque||74.5 ft/lbs (101.0 Nm) @ 6400RPM|
|Spark Plug||NGK CR8EK '04-07|
|Battery||YUASA YTX12-BS '04-07|
|Transmission||Gear box: 6-speed
Final Drive: chain
|Final Drive||Chain: 525x118|
|Brakes||Front: double disc
Rear: single disc
|Wheelbase||61.02 inches (1550 mm)|
|Length||90.16 inches (2290 mm)|
|Width||34.06 inches (865 mm)|
|Height||52.76 inches (1340 mm)|
|Seat Height||32.68 inches (830 mm)|
|Weight||456.36 pounds (207.0 Kg) (dry),|
|Fuel Capacity||5.81 Gallon (22.00 Liters)|
The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is a dual-purpose motorcycle that is more street oriented than dirt in its factory configuration. It is powered by a fuel-injected 650cc V-twin engine that is sourced from the popular SV650 machine but retuned for more low end torque. The engine's 90 degree configuration provides for natural balancing to minimize high frequency vibes while still allowing the pleasant thump of a V-twin.
It is classified as an adventure touring machine. It has some characteristics of an off-road machine, such as a long travel suspension spanning about 6 inches front and back but the standard rubber is not for serious off-roading. After market parts and accessories allow an owner to turn it into a series off-road machine. However, even though the V-Strom's suspension makes for a comfortable and well controlled ride on a variety of surfaces, it remains most at home in the twisties of a well paved road.
It has a 5.8 gallon fuel tank and gas milage in the mid-40s giving the machine a range of over 200 miles between fill-ups. It can be ordered with three-box touring luggage solution, and is gaining popularity among long-distance riders.
Despite it's modest displacement, the V-Twin engine has good torque, and can give exhilarating acceleration combined with light and easy handling. At under 7k US dollars it is a remarkably versatile motorcycle and a great value.
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