Suzuki V-Strom 250 launch in India does not look probable…
Apart from GSX-250R Suzuki has also recently created another interesting motorcycle in the quarter liter segment – the small ADV V-Strom 250. It is Suzuki’s entry into the world of smaller capacity adventure touring models. One glance and it seems perfect for our market and it definitely finds a place in our list of most awaited motorcycles.
V-Strom 250 is powered by the same 248 cc mill of the new GSX-250R and the power output of 25 PS at 8,000 rpm and max torque of 23.4 Nm at 6,500 rpm also remains unchanged. Seat height of 780 mm is immensely practical, specially for ADVs which are generally high and the ground clearance is 160 mm. The fuel tank can store 17 liters of petrol (as compared to 15 liters of GSX-250R).
The long travel suspension certainly looks inviting and suddenly we have a craving for this bike. Overall it looks beautiful and purpose-built. It also gets ABS and is shod with 140 mm and 110 mm rear and front tyres respectively, both 17 inchers.
V-Strom 250 Launch & Price
Suzuki V-Strom 250 launch has taken place in UK and its prices have been announced. It costs £4,599 which roughly translates to 3.82 Lakh in INR, making it a very costly affair! This is higher than the price of the sports GSX-R250 (£4299) and equal to what the KTM RC390 is sold at (in UK). The entry ADV will start reaching dealerships in a couple of months.
Kawasaki has already recently made the Versys X250 and its 300cc version X300 is speculated to be coming to India very soon. This V-Strom, though not hardcore in being an adventure machine, is definitely an everyday ADV for those looking out for an on-road motorcycle which can be fairly good on off-roads. However, its Indian launch chances are NOT very bright at the moment.