My French is pretty well limited to the usual social amenities, hello, thank-you, where is the bathroom, ect, knowing how to count to one hundred, how to order off a menu and not find some reknowned ‘delicacy’ on my plate and how to haggle over the price of something which I picked up while visiting a couple of former French colonies in North Africa, but these two French videos need very little translation and are quite funny.
The story line revolves around a Suzuki dealer “Luc Motos” at Nanterre and a geeky looking client that wants to test ride a Suzuki GSR 750 and how the test ride goes, while the second video revolves around the request of the same client to test ride Suzuki’s V-Strom 650, with the dealer putting up all sorts of resistance, terrorized of letting the guy also mishandle the sports enduro tourer.
Suzuki did not go for radical changes for the 2012 version of its V-Strom 650 ABS. Apparently, the current model was tweaked according to what European owners reported in a series of focus groups, and Suzuki took that as reference points to obtain the m.y. 2012, whose styling and bodywork design was revamped for better wind protection. The model will mark the 10th anniversary of the V-Strom series since its introduction (the 1000 cc debuted in 2002), and the Hammamatsu-based company took a couple of these bikes to the 2011 EICMA. Let’s look at the most relevant changes.
First off, it’s got a new engine: lifted from the now-defunct Suzuki Gladius, this engine has the same dimensions and configuration as before: 645 cc, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin, 81.0 mm bore, 62.6 mm stroke and four-valve DOHC heads. Enhancements over the previous V-Strom include SCEM-plated cylinders for better heat dissipation and single rather than double valve springs to reduce weight and mechanical losses. The fork comes from the factory with more preload applied, but apart from that it is basically unchanged whereas the rear shock boasts an increased spring rate. Both of them are obviously adjustable. Seat height is now 15 mm higher, but short riders shouldn’t be discouraged as the new 650 Strom features a narrower saddle: Suzuki claims that the reduced width retains an almost identical reach for planting feet on the ground. Besides, the bike uses a lighter version of the previous model’s ABS, a new instrumentation with digital readout and gear-position indicator, and an adjustable windscreen.
Suzuki also improved the accessories: hand guards, heated grips, crash guards, power outlets, a center stand and two different luggage systems are available for the 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS . Click on the ‘Continue reading’ link below the thumbnails to see the technical specs sheet.
View the full Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS at the 2011 EICMA photo gallery