SUZUKI VSTROM 650 XT £7899

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FUEL 20 litres @ 51.9mpg = 228 miles range POWER 71bhp TORQUE 45.7ftlb WEIGHT 216kg SEAT 830mm THE RIDER Oli Rushby. BSB re­porter and long dis­tance com­muter HEIGHT 5ft 8in WEIGHT 85kg Oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

I’m 2000 miles in to my time with the V-strom 650 XT. It makes the long com­mute to work al­most ef­fort­less, but it’s not just a bor­ing com­muter. In that time I have found the OEM Bridge­stone A40 tyres fine in the dry, but maybe lack­ing a lit­tle in front end feel when push­ing on a bit. But in the wet they weren’t quite as good and with the V-strom be­ing my pri­mary method of trans­port, I can’t sim­ply refuse to ride in the rain! I’ve just fit­ted some Met­zeler Road­tec 01s, which are said to be re­ally good in the wet. I’ve only done 100 miles in the dry on them so far, but from ini­tial im­pres­sions there’s a lot more grip – let’s see how they cope when the go­ing gets moist!

Lovely new Met­zeler Road­tec 01s

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