The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is built to get you there with more enjoyment and excitement, in greater comfort. Performance. Handling. Styling. Redesigned throughout, upgraded throughout. The V-Strom 650 ABS is time for real adventures. The spirit of adventure beckons you to new destinations. To new sights, sounds and sensations.
In 2002, Suzuki introduced the V-Strom 1000 in a new motorcycle category, the Sport Enduro Tourer. Its running performance and packaging earned worldwide acclaim. In 2003, Suzuki released the V-Strom 650 targeting a wider range of users. This versatile model covers not only daily use such as commuting, but also weekend touring as well. With the addition of an ABS-equipped model in 2006, the V-Strom 650 has always been the best-selling model in its class. To further improve its running performance and riding comfort, Suzuki decided to develop a new model.
For 2012, Suzuki is introducing the new and improved V-Strom 650 ABS. The development concept for the 2012 model was "The Comfortable Adventure Tourer". While enhancing the proven running performance and in-town versatility of the current model, Suzuki improved the riding comfort even further on the 2012 V-Strom. Its new V-Twin 645cc engine features improved overall performance in the low-to-mid rpm range and the styling and bodywork design was revamped for better wind protection. In addition, fuel economy and environmental performance were also enhanced.
2012 will mark the 10th anniversary of the V-Strom series since its introduction. Suzuki hopes the new V-Strom 650 ABS will be enjoyed by many more riders.
2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS - Press Release
All New Suzuki V-Strom 650 Unmasked
Suzuki Motorcycles has revealed the all-new 2012 model of its bestselling, go-anywhere adventure tourer, the V-Strom 650 ABS.
A perfect fit for riders seeking a multipurpose machine as capable on the streets as it is on outback roads, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS offers extreme versatility to suit any terrain and lifestyle.
The all new V-Strom 650 ABS has been re-developed with an enhanced focus on rider comfort and features the latest in advanced technology from Suzuki.
"Suzuki set the scene in the adventure touring category when we introduced the V-Strom 1000 in 2002, and again one year later when we welcomed the V-Strom 650," Perry Morison, General Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia said.
"The latest generation V-Strom 650 ABS certainly sets a new benchmark in this category, with significant refinements made across the whole machine, including six kilograms being shaved off the total weight, updated fuel injection system and reduced mechanical losses within the engine, resulting in improved fuel economy."
The state-of-the-art fuel-injected 645cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree, V-Twin engine has been thoroughly refined with new cam profiles and pistons and a newly designed crankshaft for greater low-to-mid-rpm range torque and sporty quick-revving high rpm power surges for full-range riding enjoyment.
Tailored for active sporty riders, the six-speed transmission has tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios, while keeping highway cruises comfortable with a tall top gear.
Rider comfort was a priority in the update of the V-Strom 650 ABS and it features an all-new three-way height-adjustable windscreen, which efficiently reduces wind noise and rider fatigue, carefully shaped from extensive wind tunnel testing.
With an improved riding position for comfort, the V-Strom 650 ABS features a well-shaped functional seat, a slim 20 litre fuel tank and compactly tucked-in frame covers to make the rider feel at one with the machine.
The V-Strom 650 ABS is renowned for its sporty good looks, which continue in the 2012 model, with the aerodynamic and slim styling featuring a vivid combination of distinctive painted sections, contrasting dramatically against the black resin components.
Its user-friendly chassis, built around a lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminium-alloy frame and swingarm, delivers a comfortable performance package for enjoyable adventure touring rides.
An upright riding position, long-stroke front and rear suspension and lightweight aluminium-alloy wheels with specifically designed tyres complete the suspension package.
The V-Strom 650 ABS's Antilock Braking System ensures ultimate traction on the road, with the brakes monitoring input and wheel speed, matching stopping power to available traction.
Allowing riders to track their progress easily, the V-Strom 650 ABS's easy-to-read multi-function instrument cluster combines an analogue tachometer with a large brightness adjustable LCD, with readouts including gear position, ambient temperature and average fuel consumption, in addition to speed, odometer, dual trip meter and more.
New for 2012, the instrument cluster now features a LED indicator warning about road freeze, which together with the ambient temperature display, aids a rider's awareness of road conditions.
Completing this impressive package is the new transponder-type Suzuki Advanced Immobiliser System (SAIS) which helps prevent theft with an electronic code identification system built into the owner's key.
2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS comes in a choice of three colour schemes, Colors available: Metallic Fox Orange; Glass Sparkle Black, and is backed by Suzuki's two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Pricing information will be announced closer to the arrival date.
2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Specifications and Technical Details
MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.
Engine Type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90°V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 81.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)
Engine Displacement 645 cm3 (40.2 cu.in)
Compression Ratio 11.2 : 1
Carburetion Fuel injection
Oil Capacity (overhaul) 3.0 L (3.2 / 2.6 US / Imp qt)
Starter System Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication System Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.088 (71 / 34)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.133 (47 / 15)
Rake/Trail 26°/ 110 mm (4.3 in)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Tires Front 110/80R19M/C 59H
Rear 150/70R17M/C 69H
Fuel tank 20.0 L (5.3 / 4.4 US / Imp gal)
Overall length 2,290 mm (90.2 in)
Overall Width 835 mm (32.9 in)
Overall height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Wheelbase 1,560 mm (61.4 in)
Seat height 835 mm (32.9 in)
Curb mass 214 kg (472 lbs)