2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250/ABS Preview

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

We’ve been giddy about small-displacement-sized adventure bikes since testing the CSC Cyclone a couple years ago. Enter 2016 EICMA and not only does Honda announce the 2017 CRF250L Rally, but so does Suzuki bring forth a mini-ADV bike with its V-Strom 250/ABS.

The diminutive V-Strom is powered by a 248cc parallel-Twin with a claimed 24.7 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 17.3 ft.-lb. of torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine is said to be optimized for low- to mid-range torque production by way of intake valves that are optimized for airflow, and tuning for maximum acceleration at speeds between 13 mph and 56 mph.

For a smaller bike the V-Strom 250 comes equipped with a nice reverse-lit LCD instrument cluster that includes a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual trip meters, a gear position indicator, driving range, average fuel consumption, and a fuel gauge.

The rear of the V-Strom is outfitted for accepting optional side cases, while a non-adjustable windscreen helps deflect the wind. The small Strom also features 10-spoke wheels, petal-type front brake rotors, and ABS.

Suzuki says the concept of the V-Strom 250 is “‘Massive and Smart’: Massive for the solid feel of its well-balanced body and Smart for its sophisticated and practical design that provides ease of handling.” With 17-inch wheels, front and rear we know this Strom is meant more for the street than the dirt.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Strom 250 measures up against the new Honda CFR250L Rally. From first glance, though, the Honda, with its 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel appears to be the better off-roader while the Suzuki’s 17-inchers, both front and rear, will be the more dominant streetbike.

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • Jay F Jay F on Nov 10, 2016

    Funny because Revzilla just published an article basically claiming that the smaller displacement bikes are dead in the US (specifically the CBR 600). Meanwhile Kawi releases the Versys 300, Suzuki the VStrom 250, and Honda the CRF250.

    I am personally a big fan of manufacturers putting out odd displacements, so new riders can have their fun within certain comfort zones. Also these smaller bikes are affordable, allowing a particular VStrom 650 owner to get something for around town or light trail riding. When I convince my wife that we "need" one of course.

    • Kevin Duke Kevin Duke on Nov 10, 2016

      Serves you right for reading a different publication! Oh, and don't forget the G310GS also on the way to market.

  • Jay stammerjohan Jay stammerjohan on Dec 28, 2017

    its time that as a person who had a few suzuki bikes we nees a bike to fit drivers under 6 foot and not the 400 brugman i had one i love to trade my gw 250 for a dl650 with saddle bags and center but i want the stock pipes not the new ones. a twin gs 450 with twin shocks mag rims center stand rack and saddle lockable i take thank you jay