Extra comfort and precision
Suzuki engineers haven't touched the twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm, more suited for the road than the trail. On the other hand, the new and improved suspension contributes to better handling on gravel, which is what any self-respecting adventure tourer aims for.
According to the manufacturer, the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650A will also prove more comfortable and just as pleasant to ride thanks to its 5-way spring preload-adjustable front forks and link-type rear suspension.
Elsewhere, the anti-lock braking system's new electronic brain is smaller, faster, and 800 grams lighter. Overall, the machine has dropped 6 kilograms.
In terms of equipment and accessories, the new instrument panel displays additional information and is easier to read. It includes an analog tachometer, digital speedometer, coolant and ambient temperature indicators, clock, dual trip meter, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, and average fuel consumption indicator. Once again, the bike comes with a 3-position height-adjustable windshield.
At first glance, the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650A seems to hit all the right spots. And with revised pricing, this Japanese warrior undercuts most rivals. Our upcoming road test will reveal if performance lives up to all the aforementioned upgrades. Stay tuned!
|The new instrument panel displays additional information and is easier to read. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/Moto123.com)