Please wait

You’re being redirected to


Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018]

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] is a bike with the last known price Rs. 7,45,640 in India. It had 1 variant. It came with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.

Overview Expert Reviews Similar Bikes Specs News Dealers
Key specs
  • Displacement645 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 7,45,640

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] is now discontinued in India.

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] Summary

V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity 645 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres
Seat Height 835 mm

About V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018]

The V-Strom series of motorcycles are the adventure-touring motorcycles from Hamamatsu. The 650 is the middleweight product, and sits below the V-Strom 1000. It has both a tarmac-biased version and an off-road capable one called the XT. The XT adds spoke rims, hand guards and an engine bash plate. The V-Strom 650 has ABS and traction control as standard. The engine is a liquid-cooled V-twin that displaces 650cc and has extremely accessible torque. Figures lie at 645cc, two cylinders, and 71bhp/62Nm. The V-Strom XT is the only middleweight adventure tourer in its price range that offers traction control.

The V-Strom 650 competes with the likes of the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the SWM Superdual T.
write a review

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] Review

The V-Strom can do it all. It might do some things really well, and some things without finesse, but it isn’t going to stop unless you hit a wall or drop off a cliff. And in that sense, this bike has got its purpose bit well sorted. 


Pros - Ease of riding, low speed ride, traction control

Cons - High speed ride, non-adjustable Suspension

We have had the V-Strom 1000 in India for sometime now. It is a tall, expensive, and capable adventure tourer. But, it is in a space that has even taller, more expensive, and well, more capable alternatives. The latter set is also sexier, more tech laden, and has more desirable badges. No wonder, the V-Strom 1000 hasn’t really sold very well.

This though, is the less tall, less expensive, but possibly more capable V-Strom. It’s called the V-Strom 650 and it isn’t exactly related to the taller version in any way apart from the name. And possibly the styling. The 650 has completely different mechanicals – different chassis, different suspension, different levers, bars and switches – and, it has a different engine. Of course.

It’s also more off-road focused. And that’s because while we do get the normal, alloy wheeled, road-tyred version of the 1000, the 650 is only sold in India in the XT trim. And that means more durable wire-spoked wheels, on-off-road tyres, and some plastic protection for the engine and pipes, and some for the rider’s knuckles as well. That tail box you see, though – and the metal engine guard – are optional extras.



The V-Strom 650 XT costs just under Rs 9 lakhs on the road in Mumbai. So, it’s not what we’d term cheap. And neither is the stuff that Suzuki uses to put it together. The plastic all round – and there’s plenty on the 650 – is quality stuff. It doesn’t seem like it would fade too much over time, or crack, or even come loose. The paint quality is spot on, and everything from the piping to the wires to the seat fabric and the metal used, all exude a quality feel. 

Operability is good too. The switchgear has a crisp feel, the grips feel good to the touch, the chunky preload dial is easy to use, and the adjustable hand levers and the footpegs, all have that skilled-machined look to them, which adds to the V-Strom’s upmarket aura. 


One of the first things that strikes you about the V-Strom is the ease of accessibility. The rider seat height is low, and the pillion’s perch isn’t up in the sky either. So, swinging a leg over to get astride, even in tight riding gear, comes easy. That’s one fear regarding ADVs now out of the way.

Next up, if you are the average Indian height or taller, you will get at least one foot firmly on the ground courtesy the relatively low seat height, and the 650’s narrow waist. Also, the rider’s seating triangle is well sorted. The handlebar is high but not far; the footpegs are a bit rearset, but not high; and the seat, as we mentioned, is low but it is also wide and comfy enough even to hold heavy-set people.

It’s also got a good low speed ride, does the V-Strom 650. Now, it runs basic suspension – non-adjustable telescopic forks upfront and a linked type monoshock with preload adjustment at the rear. And the setup is on the softer side. So, the V-Strom glides effortlessly over mild undulations, road joints, small bumps, and through shallow potholes, making it lovely to ride in the city. 

But, pick up speed, or encounter a deep pothole, or even ride over ruts in the road, and that front tends to bottom out quite easily. Moreover, even though it has travel, the front does tend to skip over a longer and uglier broken patch of tarmac, which might be unsettling to a few, especially given this is the XT.


That soft front affects the way the V-Strom handles around the twisty stuff as well. That, and the fact that it uses a 19-inch front, weighs in excess of 215kg, and sits on a wheelbase that’s longer than 1550mm. The turn-in on the bike, as a result, is slow. And, it takes effort to get it to change directions. Thankfully, it has a wide-enough handlebar, which helps with leverage.

But, even when leaned over, the front doesn’t lend a lot of feel. And as soon as you start getting on the throttle that feel begins to diminish. It’s best then to be progressive and not aggressive when riding the V-Strom around the twisty stuff. It also helps to trail brake a bit to keep that front from moving too much on its right side up forks.

Off-road, the V-Strom is friendly. Now even though we won’t call ‘dirt’ its natural preying ground, it’s happy taking on small jumps, sliding its rear on power, and even negotiating through some tight and tricky stuff at slow speeds. It’s got good balance; it feels natural to stand up and ride; and there’s no abruptness in the functioning of the throttle or the brake or even the clutch, which makes it predictable and stable on the loose stuff.


Then there’s the engine. A torquey, friendly, and excitable V-Twin, which has a good aural note going for it too. In terms of output figures – max power is around 70bhp, while the peak torque is rated just under 70Nm. With the latter peaking at 6,500rpm, it does give the 650 a handsome low and mid-range oomph. 

You can open the throttle from as low as 3,000rpm, and even then you wont find the 650 struggling to gather pace. And because there’s so much grunt in the mid range, one can keep the V-Strom between 4-6k rpm all day long, no matter what gear, and have an effortless ride all day long. And if you are interested, courtesy its tall geared, slick shifting 6-speed gearbox, the V-Strom is only sitting at 4,000rpm in 6th when doing 100kmph. 


The Suzuki V-Strom 650 packs in decent technology for its price. For starters, it is one of the very few ADVs on sale that offer tubeless tyres on spoked wheels. It also gets a two-stage traction control system. And a smart and handy thing called Low RPM Assist, which essentially makes it more difficult to stall the bike at slow speeds. It’s especially helpful in the city, and off-road as well. 

Other bits include an adjustable brake lever, a 12V-charging socket, and an adjustable front windscreen. The latter can’t be adjusted on the fly though. The V-Strom also has a decent array of rider information. It shows instantaneous and average fuel economy, range on a tankful, the gear selected, ambient temperature, and of course, your regular readouts including trip, tacho, and speed.

Fuel Efficiency

The V-Strom 650 returned 23.7kmpl on our test route, which, honestly, isn’t good or bad, just average for the engine capacity and weight the bike hauls around. But, with a 20-litre fuel tank, you’d probably tire out before the fuel runs out, making you the weak link when it comes to taking breaks on a ride. 

Fitness of Purpose

The V-Strom 650 is an ADV. Or an adventure tourer. And an ADV has a very simple purpose. It’s your go-to-tool for all your travel needs. Straight, boring roads? Check. Adventurous trails? Check. No road? Check. Endless twisties? Check. An ADV must ‘check’ anything and everything that comes in your path.

The V-Strom can do it all. It might do some things really well, and some things without finesse, but it isn’t going to stop unless you hit a wall or drop off a cliff. And in that sense, this bike has got its purpose bit well sorted. 

Our take

Yes, the V-Strom is an ADV. And it serves that purpose to the tee. It might not be the best at its job, especially off the road, but it does get the work done. It has an agreeable engine – torquey, aurally good, and refined for the most part. It is comfortable – upright seating ergos, plush low speed ride, and decent wind protection. And it’s accessible – low seat height, manageable power, and easy to ride, even in the city. If anything, we’d say that it could have been priced a little lower.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Full Review

-Hide Review

V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] Specifications & Features


  • Power & Performance

    Displacement Engine displacement is the measure of the cylinder volume swept by the pistons of an internal combustion engine. It indicates the engine size. 645 cc

    Max Power --

    Max Torque --

    Stroke Stroke indicates the number of engine cycles during which a piston travels from top to bottom. 62.6 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder Valves per cylinder indicate the intake (fuel) and outlet (exhaust of combustion gases) of an engine. 4

    Compression Ratio A compression ratio suggests the degree to which the fuel mixture is compressed before ignition. --

    Mileage - ARAI ARAI certified fuel economy that has been tested under controlled conditions. --

    Mileage - Owner Reported This is the fuel economy registered by Bikewale followers. --

    Riding Range The total range that a vehicle can travel on a full tank of fuel. --

    Top Speed The maximum speed that a vehicle can achieve. --

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type The transmission type will tell the kind of transmission a two-wheeler has. Chain Drive

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Cylinders The number of cylinders that an engine features. Most two-wheelers sold in the Indian market feature a single-cylinder. 2

    Bore Bore is the diameter of each cylinder. 81 mm

    Ignition Ignition indicates to the type of starting system that a vehicle uses. --

    Spark Plugs A spark plug is a device for firing the explosive mixture. --

    Cooling System The cooling system suggests the cooling mechanism that a motor uses. The types include air, oil, or liquid. Liquid Cooled

    Clutch The clutch disengages or engages the engine from the transmission. --

    Fuel Delivery System --

    Fuel Tank Capacity The capacity of a vehicle to store fuel. 20 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity Reserve fuel is part of the main tank that is used when a vehicle is running low on petrol/diesel. --

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. --

    Fuel Type Fuel Type is the type of fuel that an engine uses to operate. The different types include petrol, diesel, electric, and ethanol among others. Petrol

    View more specs
  • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Front Suspension Front suspension usually includes telescopic forks. Telescopic Forks

    Rear Suspension Rear suspension setup mostly uses a rear mono-shock. Link Type, with Adjustable Rebound and Spring Preload

    Braking System Braking system is used to reduce the speed of the vehicle or bring it to a standstill. --

    Rear Wheel Size Rear wheel size indicates the diameter of the rear wheel. 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size Front tyre size indicate the profile of the front tyre. 110/80-R19

    Rear Tyre Size Rear tyre size indicates the profile of the rear tyre. 150/70-R17

    Front Brake Type Most vehicles feature a disc brake at the front although some commuter segment products come with a drum setup. Disc

    Front Brake Size Front brake size indicates the size of the disc or drum setup at the front wheel. 310 mm

    Rear Brake Type Most vehicles come with a drum brake setup at the back although higher spec models feature a disc brake at the rear. Disc

    Rear Brake Size Rear brake size indicates the size of the disc or drum setup at the front wheel. 260 mm

    Calliper Type Front-Dual, Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Wheel types include two types - Wire-spoke and Alloy wheels. Spoke

    Front Wheel Size Front wheel size indicates the diameter of the front wheel. 19 inch

    Tyre Type Tyre types are divided into two - Tubeless and Tube Type. Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Radial tyres use steel belts that run at a 90-degree angle with the tread line. Yes

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    View more specs
  • Dimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight Kerb weight of the motorcycle is the total weight of a vehicle that is ready for operation. It includes all standard equipment and necessary consumables. --

    Seat Height The seat height is the height of the rider's saddle from the ground. 835 mm

    Ground Clearance The ground clearance is the distance between the ground and the lowest point of a vehicle. --

    Overall Width Total width of the vehicle. 910 mm

    Overall Height Overall height is the tallest point of a motorcycle, usually the mirror or the top of a windscreen. 1,405 mm

    Wheelbase The wheelbase is the distance between the front and the rear wheel. 1,560 mm

    Overall Length Overall length of the vehicle is the total length of a two-wheeler from the front to the back. 2,275 mm

    Chassis Type The chassis type is the primary/main frame of a two-wheeler. --

    View more specs
  • Manufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --


Odometer Odometer keeps the track of the total kilometres travelled by a vehicle in its lifetime. Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Daytime Running Lights, as the name suggest, are the lights that stay ON when the main headlight is switched off. This feature makes a vehicle easily visible in the rear view mirror of other vehicles. --

Mobile App Connectivity Mobile App Connectivity connects the smartphone to the instrument cluster via Bluetooth to offer access to features such as incoming calls, messages, and music. --

Low Oil IndicatorYes

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

GPS & Navigation GPS & Navigation function works via Bluetooth to deliver directions on the instrument cluster. --

USB charging port A USB charging port can be used to charge devices on the go. The feature, which is either available as standard or via accessories, can come handy to recharge devices such as smartphones while riding a vehicle. --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Automatic Headlight On feature keeps the main headlamp of the vehicle running all the time. This improves the visibility of a motorcycle/scooter in the rear-view mirror of vehicle ahead. --

Speedometer Speedometer gives an indication of the current speed at which a vehicle is travelling. Digital

Fuel Guage Fuel guage indicates the level of fuel available in the tank of a vehicle. Yes

Digital Fuel Guage Digital fuel guage shows the information about the fuel level in a vehicle through a digital display. Yes

Tachometer Tachometer shows the real-time reading of the revs per minute (RPM) at which the engine is operating. Analogue

Stand Alarm Stand alarm notifies the rider if the side stand of the vehicle is engaged. Some vehicles comes with a side stand cut-off feature that does not allow the motor to start until the side stand is lifted. Yes

Stepped Seat In a stepped seat layout, the pillion seat is slightly taller than the rider seat. Yes

No. of Tripmeters No of tripmeters indicate the total number of trip meters that a vehicle's instrument cluster features. Usually, premium vehicles come with two trip meters, while budget two-wheelers feature a single trip meter. 2

Tripmeter Type Tripmeters are available in two type - analogue and digital. The analogue unit usually features a single trip meter while a digital display may come with two trip meters. Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Low fuel indicator aims to remind the rider that the vehicle is running low on fuel, and it should be refueled soon. Yes

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes




Headlight Type--

Brake/Tail Light--

Turn Signal--

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

View more features

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT [2017-2018] News

Read all news