A few years back we saw a number of small displacement sportbikes inundate the market from many of the major manufacturers. It appears that 2017 will follow a similar pattern, but in the ADV segment. Suzuki contributes to the trend with the announcement of its new V-Strom 250 ABS at this year’s EICMA show in Milan.
Suzuki already announced a sweeping refresh to its V-Strom 650 ABS and updates to the flagship V-Strom 1000 during the Intermot show in Germany last month. The V-Strom 250 fills the entry-level gap in the line, opening the door to a broader motorcycling audience of new or returning riders, in Suzuki’s estimation.
Much of that appeal comes by way of the approachable SOHC, liquid-cooled 248cc Parallel Twin engine, tuned to perform well in the low- to mid-range. This is achieved by way of a camshaft profile designed to provide optimal acceleration between 12 mph and 55 mph (20 km/h – 90 km/h). The intake valves are updated as well, adopting a slightly different shape to allow more effective airflow into the combustion chamber. The cylinder and cylinder head have been designed to minimize friction loss, as have the piston rings. Combustion is further optimized by use of protected tip spark plugs. These elements, along with the 2-into-1 exhaust system, have been designed to meet Euro 4 emissions standards.
The V-Strom 250 comes with a six-speed constant mesh transmission, electric start and fuel injection.
Its chassis is simple, with a telescopic coil spring, oil damped fork and rear shock. It rolls on fresh 10-spoke wheels, 17-inch front and rear, and has single petal type brake discs front and rear and the option of a Bosch ABS system.
The V-Strom 250 comes with a reverse-lit LCD instrument display, offering standard information from the speedometer, tachometer, fuel level gauge, odometer and clock. There’s also a gear position indicator, average fuel consumption, dual trip meters, coolant temperature and oil pressure readouts.
As for touring amenities, the 250 has a windscreen standard (non-adjustable) and mounting clips for the optional side cases. There’s also points to attach a top case as well. Fuel capacity is 4.49 gallons (17 liters).
Color options include Pearl Nebular Black/Solid Dazzling Cool Yellow, Metallic Diamond Red or Pearl Nebular Black. No MSRP is listed in press material provided by Suzuki, nor any indication if or when this model will make its way Stateside.