Pre­pare for a real mini ad­ven­ture

DL250 V-strom prom­ises all-round fun at a bud­get price

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Richard New­land DEPUTY ED­I­TOR

Among the bikes from Suzuki at Milan was this 250cc V-strom. While at the other end of the scale is the new KTM 1290 Su­per Duke .

This is a re­ally cute move from Suzuki, tak­ing the hugely pop­u­lar V-strom family styling and ethos, and blend­ing it with an evo­lu­tion of their bul­let­proof 248cc par­al­lel-twin to cre­ate a funky and fresh econ­omy ad­ven­ture bike. Likely to be just as at home on a rough and muddy coun­try lane as it is bounc­ing over kerbs in the ur­ban jun­gle, this 24.7bhp ad­di­tion to the family has a wide breadth of ap­peal that could see it get some real trac­tion in 2017 – no pun in­tended.

Set to be a full-size bike, it gives full- size hu­mans an al­most un­prece­dented (from a mainstream man­u­fac­turer) op­por­tu­nity to have com­fort, econ­omy, and ver­sa­til­ity from a small-ca­pac­ity ad­ven­ture-styled bike. Maybe even bet­ter than that, it doesn’t look like an apolo­getic lash-up – as many smaller ca­pac­ity bikes can. In fact, it could even be the best-look­ing Strom in the family.

While the de­sign is all-new, the un­der­pin­nings are recog­nis­ably Inazuma 250 based, and shared with the Suzuki’s other great-look­ing new­for-2017 250, the GSX250R. There’s prac­ti­cal­ity here in spades, too. The large alu­minium lug­gage rack can cope with a de­cent 8.5kg pay­load, and the sub­frame rails are de­signed to also be the mounts for the op­tional (and at­trac- tive) hard-case pan­niers. The 17-litre tank is claimed to pro­vide over 300 miles of tank range, there’s a good size screen to hide be­hind, high and wide bars, a plush seat and a pleas­ing lack of hard-to-clean clut­ter you of­ten get with ad­ven­ture styling.

ABS is stan­dard, and pro­vided by Bosch, while the brak­ing hard­ware it­self ap­pears bud­get, but good enough for the job, and in­cludes petal discs.

There’s also a well-spec’d all-lcd dash to pro­vide all the information you could pos­si­bly need as you ne­go­ti­ate your rid­ing en­vi­ron­ment. If Suzuki can set an at­trac­tive price tag, this could be a ram­pant suc­cess when it ar­rives in deal­ers in sum­mer 2017.

THE FACTS 24.7bhp 190kg (est) Seat height 800mm (est) Suzuki hope the mini V-strom will lure in a new gen­er­a­tion of ad­ven­tur­ers

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