SUZUKI VSTROM 650 XT £7899
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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