Suzuki V-Strom 160 is a China-spec motorcycle at this point and it may go to some other related markets as well. How is it as a small ADV prospect?
It is now a known fact that the Japanese automaker – Suzuki is developing an entry-level adventure motorcycle with its Chinese partner – Haojue. This motorcycle is also likely to act as a basis for the upcoming V-Strom 160.
Now, we have got our hands on the latest patent images of the bike leaked on the internet. Looking at the pictures, we can make out that the motorcycle takes its design cues from the bigger V-Stroms, which in turn are inspired by Suzuki DR Big motorcycle.
The images reveal the front looks of the bike, as it gets a beak-like design, with vertically stacked LED headlamps, along with indicators, which are expected to be LED units too. We can spot a large windscreen just above the headlamp, and chances are that it could be an adjustable unit.
Suiting the application of the motorcycle, it gets high-mounted handlebars, which promise an up-right seating position ideal for those long highway rides. That apart, it also brings an all-digital instrument cluster, which is becoming a standard on all the motorcycles these days.
The V-Strom gets a stepped single-piece seat that looks wide and spacious, and the beefy fuel tank coupled with integrated extensions make the seating position appear ergonomically comfortable.
Moving to the rear section, the motorcycle gets a luggage rack integrated into the grab handle. While we see disc brakes on both ends, we expect it to come only with a single-channel ABS.
The V-Strom is expected to borrow its drivetrain from the Haojue DR160S currently sold in China. The 162 cc fuel-injected motor on the bike produces 15 hp at 8,000 rpm coupled with 14 Nm peak torque at 6,500 rpm.
The motorcycle is expected to be revealed in China in the coming days for a few related markets. However, chances of it making it to India look bleak at the moment.