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Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures, features and specs up.

Unread post by High_Side » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:52 pm

EDIT: 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS full details and photos now up: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... suzuki.htm

Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures.

And here they are. Apparently new bodywork and a 2 litre smaller tank. Perhaps they did it the 1200GS way and improved the mileage enough to maintain the range.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:37 pm

Could be the angle of the photo, but those mirrors look massive.
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Re: Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:04 am

Hey, I really like the new looks of the Suzuki V-Strom. I wonder if it is the 650cc engine from the Gladius as the alternator cover is different than the 2011 one. I am quite surprised they reduced the fuel tank size by 2 litres, it must be to give the bike a slim look, the old tank (22l) was really big but it was one of the features I loved about the bike (the range).

Not a lot has really changed though about the rear and the front lost it's "side fairings", but I like it, I'd buy that orange one myself. :D

Now if only it's a 800cc to compete with the Triumph Tiger 800cc and BMW F650GS (800cc).

Thanks for posting the 2 photos High_Side! If you find anymore out there, please add them here. :D

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P.S. There has been very little from Suzuki Canada, USA or UK about this bike yet at their consumer sites (other than a small flash blury teaser) or their special access media only sites (no photos or info yet). As soon as Suzuki has something more up I'll add this model into our 2012 Suzuki Motorcycle Model Guides.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:49 am

Update: I've read "rumors" in a UK magazine here that it might be a 800cc engine...

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Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:36 pm

I would upgrade for an 800
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Unread post by Wrider » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:37 pm

Looks like a combination of influences from the Tiger and the Beemer.
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Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:11 am

Looks quite a bit better than the original and definitely a blend of other similar models. Me likes! :mrgreen:
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:23 am

I checked the media sites again this morning, still nothing yet on it yet that's official. I'll check again on the weekend. :D

I would consider buying it again if it was a 800cc. It would be interesting to re-buy a model again, never did that before. haha.
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Re: Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:25 am

EDIT: This quoted article is incorrect, North America will be getting the Pearl Mirage White, at least in Canada.


A bit more info, but no real performance specs:

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Still a 650, with a few revisions. Looks a bit better, but I'd still prefer the original for its larger tank.

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The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom gets revised intake valves and cam profiles, but its 645cc engine remains mostly unchanged.

The orchestrated teases and leaks are over… at least for Suzuki’s “New Middle-Class” adventure-touring rig. Surprise, surprise, it’s the new 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS. Following the accidental leak of its specs and photos, Suzuki at last delivers the full details of its latest Wee-Strom – featuring a styling update, retuned engine and 13-pound weight reduction.

V-TWIN RE-TUNED

The unchanged 645cc displacement (81mm bore x 62.6mm stroke) may deflate expectations of riders hoping the much-hyped mystery ride would be a new head-to-head challenger with the F800GS and new Triumph Tiger 800 XC. But the unchanged displacement doesn’t mean Suzuki has been idle, with the liquid-cooled V-Twin getting interior upgrades.

Valves are larger, with 31mm intake and 25.5mm exhaust, and actuated by revised cam profiles. The crankshaft is new too, as are the iridium plugs. Cylinders get the Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material-plated (SCEM) treatment, PR speak that promises reduced friction and improved abrasion resistance. All the revisions claim an improvement in low to mid-range torque production. Suzuki’s dyno comparison with the preceding model also reveal a more robust top end.

STYLING REFRESH



One of the biggest change is to its appearance as it features reshaped front headlamps and fuel tank.
The most recognizable change to the V-Strom is the styling refresh. Finned black resin side cowlings anchor the front end look and also serve a practical purpose – improving cooling airflow for the radiator and redirecting heat away from the rider legs. The front headlamps are also reshaped, as is the fuel tank. The slightly repositioned muffler gives a nominal refresh of the rear end.

RIDER COMFORT

Suzuki claims improvement to wind protection via three-way adjustable windscreen. Compared to the current model the screen is moved back 1.2 inches, with three fixed adjustment settings. The slimmer profile of the fuel tank also looks to improve rider comfort, though at the expense of some extra gas – the fuel capacity a half-gallon lower at 5.3 gallons. The seat is 0.6 inches taller now, at 32.9 inches, though Suzuki promises the perch’s shape makes it easier to reach the ground. There are also low and high seat options, which raise and lower the height by 20mm (0.8 inches) in either direction.

WEIGHT REDUCTION

The lower fuel load contributes to the lower claimed curb weight, a full 13 pounds lighter than the previous model. Also lightening the load is the new rear carrier of the exhaust, now black resin instead of aluminum. The ABS system is also lighter (1.5 pounds) than the previous unit (3.3 pounds).

Scheduled to hit showrooms mid-November, the 2012 V-Strom's MSRP is still to be determined.


NEW ELECTRONICS

A new instrument cluster utilizes a left-side analog tach with right side LCD display. The LCD includes digital speedo, gear position indicator and fuel gauge. Riders can also shuffle through info via convenient switchgear button at the right handlebar.

PRICE & AVAILBILITY

Suzuki says the new Stroms should hit dealer floors by mid-November. MSRP is still to be determined, as is pricing and availability of accessory options. The 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS will be available in the orange and black colorways. The white colorway originally leaked on the global Suzuki site will not be imported to the American market for 2012.
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Re: Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:15 am

I now have it up, and I can easily guarantee I have more information and photos on this bike than any other site on the internet.



Redesigned 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

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The highly anticipated redesign of the V-Strom. See it now. Total Motorcycle has the MOST information on the new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS anywhere. More photos, more features, more specifications, right here: 2012 Suzuki Motorcycle Model Guide.

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Time For Real Adventures

The spirit of adventure beckons you to new destinations. To new sights, sounds and sensations. The 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. Time for real adventures.


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......


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Re: Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:07 am

Niiice, thanks. Great photos, the styling updates are a lot more obvious now. IMHO, it looks best in white.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:19 am

Grey Thumper wrote:Niiice, thanks. Great photos, the styling updates are a lot more obvious now. IMHO, it looks best in white.
I agree, I think it also looks best the white. Something about the black, grey and white colour scheme just works. You are most welcome for the photos! I had to hit up all my media sites for the 1680x1050 desktop sizes and choose from what they had there. As you know, I (Total Motorcycle) believe in quality and if I have to wait for an extra day or a week to get that I think it's worth it in the long run. :D

Can't wait to see it in real life and really see the changes.

Oh, I also grabbed the Horsepower and Torque specs too (they are in the specs on the 2012 Vstrom page near the bottom). I haven't did a vs the 2010 V-Strom yet to see if the power increased or not...

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Re: Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:24 am

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 vs 2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650

69 horsepower @ 8800 rpm vs 64 HP @ 8500 RPM
44.25 @ 6400 rpm vs 48 ft lbs @ 7400 RPM



2007 SPECS:

SUZUKI V-STROM 650 (DL650)
2004 - 2007+
645cc four-stroke, liquid cooled, fuel injected, 90° V-twin, DOHC, 8-valves
Horse Power: 64 HP @ 8500 RPM
Torque: 48 ft lbs @ 7400 RPM


2012 Specs:

MAXIMUM POWER
50.5 kw @ 8800 rpm

TORQUE
60 Nm @ 6400 rpm
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Re: Updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom pictures

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:09 am

Looking at the new 2012 stats, I think I would rather give up the horsepower for more torque. My 2007 V-Strom had really great torque and less of it in favor of higher speeds (it already went plenty fast) isn't want I would want. It is good to see though that torque comes on a little earlier than before (1000rpm less).

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