Suzuki Unveils New V-Strom 250 Adventure Bike Concept
Photos and specs revealed on Suzuki's DL250 concept at CIMAMotor show.
During this week’s China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition, Suzuki unveiled a V-Strom 250 concept bike. Just a few weeks ago, BMW’s 310GS was captured in spy photos during testing and now with this new concept from Suzuki, we are seeing yet another small-displacement adventure bike from a major manufacturer that could be hitting the market soon.
Adventure Riders have been calling for more choice in the smaller-displacement adventure bike category for some time now and this new Suzuki V-Strom 250 concept offers further evidence that manufacturers are beginning to shift their focus toward smaller, less-intimidating, budget-friendly adventure motorcycles.
The 250cc concept bike shown in China is equipped with a conventional telescopic fork, cast alloy wheels, hand guards, hard cases, a single front disk and ABS braking. The powerplant is a SOHC, liquid-cooled, 248cc parallel-twin mated to a 6-speed transmission that appears to be closely related to Suzuki’s GW250 naked bike.
The new quarter-liter V-Strom concept has similar styling to its big brothers (the DL650 and DL1000 V-Stroms) but has a distinctive single round headlight design. The V-Strom 250’s parallel-twin also breaks from the V-Twin configuration of it’s larger siblings.
Regardless of it’s configuration, the twin engine should offer a smoother highway ride and more power on the top-end than a single-cylinder engine. The exhaust header is also less exposed than on other V-Stroms with a V-Twin configuration for off-road use. With a roughly 400-pound wet weight, the bike will be easier to manage on trails as well. And with a fuel-efficient 250cc engine, expect somewhere around 250 miles range from the 4 gallon tank.
Suzuki has not confirmed if or when the new V-Strom 250 will go to into production but the bike looks like it’s ready to roll onto a showroom floor. We’ll be eager to get our hands on a test unit if it becomes available in the US. We’ll be even more excited if Suzuki offers an XT version with wire-spoked wheels and a 19-inch front. Expect more details about the bike to be released at the upcoming EICMA show November 8-9.
Suzuki V-Strom 250 Concept Specs
|Engine type:||Four-stroke, liquid cooled, twin-cylinder DOHC|
|Bore × Stroke (mm):||53.5 x 55.2|
|Maximum power:||24.7 HP @ 8,000 rpm|
|Peak torque:||17.3 ft-lbs @ 6,500 rpm|
|Dimensions (L x W x H):||2085 x 740 x 1110 mm|
|Wet Weight:||392 lbs. (178 kg)|
|Seat height:||31.1 in. (790 mm)|
|Fuel tank capacity:||4 gallon (15 litre)|
|Front Tire:||110 / 80-17|
|Rear Tire:||140 / 70-17|
|Color Options:||Red, Blue, Grey|
For more details and photos of the bike visit TMCBlog.com.