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ADV BikesADV Styled 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Revealed at Intermot

ADV Styled 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Revealed at Intermot

The new V-Strom 650 gets a more rugged off-road attitude and appearance.

Published on 09.30.2014

After months of speculation, Suzuki has finally revealed details about the latest rendition of its popular middle-weight adventure bike at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany today. The new model, called the V-Strom 650XT (DL650XAL5), receives a beak to give it a better family resemblance to the V-Strom 1000. The new beak design includes air ducts that help channel airflow to the radiator and Suzuki is quick to remind us that they introduced the first beak design on their Paris-Dakar Rally bikes of the 80’s.

New wire spoked wheels replace the cast aluminium wheels to improve off-road durability. Wheel sizes are 19″ front and 17″ rear combination. The new wire spoked rims allow the use of tubeless tires for easier flat repairs and come equipped with Bridgestone Trail Wing dual sport tires.

An extensive line of accessories allow owners to customize their bike for their style of riding. Some of the new optional accessories include heated grips, aluminum skid plate and LED auxiliary lights.

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 on the road
The 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT comes with a long list of accessories, including heated grips, aluminum skid plate, touring windscreen, luggage and LED auxiliary lights.


While rumors raised hopes that Suzuki would add a 21″ front wheel and increase suspension travel for off-road use, wheel size and suspension remain unchanged for 2015. Suzuki’s charismatic 645cc v-twin engine will remain unchanged from the current model.

Optional Equipment List

  • Top and side cases
  • Touring windscreen
  • Center stand
  • Crash/Accessory bar
  • Hand Guards
  • Chain guard
  • LED auxiliary lights
  • Heated hand grips
  • Aluminum skid plate
  • 12-volt accessory socket


US Model Information – Updated 10/2/2014

USA V-Strom 650XT includes crash bars, windscreen and crash panniers standard.

The US version of the V-Strom 650XT includes crash bars, windscreen and panniers standard.

The U.S. version of the V-Strom 650XT will include ABS, adjustable touring windscreen, newly designed aluminum panniers and new reinforced crash bars as standard equipment. The MSRP price of the new V-Strom 650XT will be $10,399.

Suzuki will also offer two other V-Strom 650 models for 2015, the V-Strom 650 ABS and V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure. Both appear to be identical to the 2014 models with no beak, running on cast aluminum wheels. The V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure also seems to use the previous year’s crash bars.


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Fuel tank capacity:
61.4 in (1,560 mm)
6.9 in (175 mm)
32.9 in (835 mm)
474 lbs (215kg)
4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
81.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)
11.2 : 1
Fuel injection
Wet sump
6-speed constant mesh
2.088 (71 / 34)
3.133 (47 / 15)
43mm forks, 5.9 in. (150mm) travel
Link-type, 6.3 in. (159mm) travel
26° / 110 mm (4.3 in)
310mm twin disc
260mm single disc
110/80R19M/C (59H), tubeless
150/70R17M/C (69H), tubeless
5.3 gal (20.0 L)

Official Suzuki Promo Video

Photo Gallery

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 white

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 blue

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 gray

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 red

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 tail light

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT off-road

V-Strom 650XT revealed

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Lakeside.

V-Strom 650XT in the dirt

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT DL650XAL5

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT DL650XAL5

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT DL650XAL5

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT DL650XAL5

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT DL650XAL5

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT DL650XAL5

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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Heinrich Gerber
Heinrich Gerber
October 1, 2014 3:05 am

Spoked wheels and a beak – what else did they change?
Crash bars, bash plate, and luggage is standard optional extras.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
October 1, 2014 10:00 am

From what we know so far, the primary changes are the spoked wheels and beak. The new crash bars are reinforced and the bash plate is now made of aluminum instead of plastic. You can also get heated grips and LED aux lights as accessories. We may discover more changes later this week when Suzuki releases information about the V-Strom 650 for the US market.

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Steve Harbour
Steve Harbour
October 2, 2014 11:02 pm

I can’t get past the mental baggage of riding a 650. How hard would it have been to punch it out to 750? Now that would be class making news

October 5, 2014 9:44 am
Reply to  Steve Harbour

You obviously have not ridden it…Ride it first, then comment 🙂

steve crocker
steve crocker
November 22, 2014 4:05 am
Reply to  Steve Harbour

Most comments I’ve read are to do with people really liking the 650 motor, especially if not pillioning. Those that pillion seem to like the 1000 which is not too much heavier. Can’t see how 750 would help since it would still be perceived as less than the 800cc competitors

October 3, 2014 3:01 am

It’s a pity for the 19″ front whell, with the 21″ it would be better

RobG (@RobGADV)
RobG (@RobGADV)
October 3, 2014 8:04 pm

They can keep the beak… it’s damn ugly. But I’ll take a set of those spoked hubs (ABS-compatible!) so I can lace up my own set of wheels.

steve crocker
steve crocker
November 22, 2014 3:54 am

Funny isn’t it. I’m so used to the beak effect (2014 vstrom 100) that the 2013 650 I saw today looked like it had had a schnozzle-ectomy.
I guess, like noses, they grow on you

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