Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorcycle Live -

THE FACTS O 69.7bhp O 213kg (216kg XT) O Seat height 830mm

HIGH­LIGHTS In­creased power and torque In­te­grated lug­gage sys­tem Three-stage Trac­tion Con­trol

The 2017 V-strom 650/ XT is­nõt all-new, but itõs had a huge over­haul. Thereõs a new fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem with 10-point in­jec­tors, resin coated pis­tons and ex­haust camshafts from the new SV650 Ð amongst more than 60 en­gine com­po­nent re­vi­sions. For added se­cu­rity the new Strom comes with three-mode trac­tion con­trol lifted from the V-strom 1000. The road-fo­cused 650 gets newly de­signed 10-spoke cast alu­minium rims while the XT gets a set of bling goldie-look­ing laced rims.

But the most strik­ing thing about the new mid­dleweight ad­ven­turer is the over­all ef­fect. While it steals much from its big­ger brother in terms of parts and style Ð the pro­por­tions and bal­ance feel ab­so­lutely be­spoke: it just works. Ex­pect to see a lot on the roads.

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