Suzuki V-Strom SX vs Benelli TRK 251 – COMPARO (Part-2)

V-Strom SX vs TRK251 – Both the models share similar design philosophy, both look handsome – but how different are they? We compare…

Benelli’s quarter liter TRK is another motorcycle that the new Suzuki V-Strom SX targets. Let us compare them and see which is the better one out of the two – in terms of specs and features on paper. 

Let’s have a look:

V-Strom SX vs TRK251 Comparo

  1. Engine – 
V-Strom SX vs TRK251

Basing our experience on the Gixxer, the Suzuki’s quarter liter motor is clearly the better of the two. It also produces 1.1 HP of higher power along with an Nm of more torque than the Benelli TRK 251. 

But where the TRK strikes back is the big 18 liter fuel tank which is a full 6 liter higher than the Suzuki – an important trait for ADVs.

NameV-Strom 250 SXTRK 251
TypeSingle-cylinder, 4-stroke, oil-cooled, SOHCSingle-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke
Displacement249 cc249 cc
Maximum Power26.6 HP @ 9,300 RPM25.5 HP @ 9,250 RPM
Maximum Torque22.2 Nm @ 7,300 RPM21.2 Nm @ 8,000 RPM
Gearbox6-speed6-speed
ClutchWet, multi-plateWet multi-plate
Fuel Capacity12 L18 L
  1. The Chassis and Suspension Set-up – 

As of now, we don’t have the information about the frame that is being used by the V-Strom 250. The Benelli uses a steel trellis frame connected to telescopic forks. 

The front suspension travel of Benelli is 15 mm more, which should provide better riding experience in bad road conditions.

However, the ground clearance of V-Strom 250 is 35 mm more which is significantly higher. The Suzuki can venture deeper into the wilderness and conquer rougher terrain than the Benelli, thanks to its higher ground clearance. 

NameV-Strom 250 SXTRK 251
Frame TypeSteel Trellis in Steel Tubes
Front SuspensionCoil-spring & oil-damped telescopic forksTelescopic Forks
Front Sus. Travel120 mm135 mm
Rear SuspensionCoil-spring & oil-damped Swingarm setupTelescopic Coil Spring – oil damped
Rear Sus. Travel 51 mm
Ground Clearance 205 mm170 mm 
  1. The Dimensions – 
V-Strom SX vs TRK251

The TRK 251 has a 50 mm shorter wheelbase than the V-Strom 250. A shorter wheelbase may mean that the Benelli could be more nimble in city traffic but for long distance touring, the intended space for both these ADVs, the V-Strom is expected to be better.

Another dimension that will favour a wider range of riders is the lower seat height of the TRK 251. The lower seat-height combined with 3 kg lesser weight should offer shorter riders more confidence to saddle the bike. 

NameV-Strom 250 SXTRK 251
Wheelbase1440 mm 1390 mm 
Seat Height 835 mm800 mm
Kerb Weight167 kg164 kg
  1. The Brakes and Tyres – 

The tyre profiles of both the 250 cc ADVs are a mixed-bag. While the Suzuki gets a bigger tyre at the front, enabling better wilderness tackling, the Benelli has a wider rear tyre which will provide better rear grip & traction on and off-road. 

Both the bikes get dual-purpose rubber covering the alloys as standard. 

NameV-Strom 250 SXTRK 251
Front BrakeSingle-Disc280 mm single-disc
Rear BrakeSingle-Disc240 mm Disc
Front Tyre19” – 100/9017” Alloy – 110/70
Rear Tyre17” – 140/7017” Alloy – 150/60
  1. The Miscellaneous – 
V-Strom SX vs TRK251

Here the V-Strom 250 SX has an upper hand over the TRK 251. 

The Suzuki gets full-digital instrumentation equipped with Bluetooth connectivity through Suzuki Ride Connect app. The Ride Connect app provides various smartphone features to the rider along with turn-by-turn navigation built in as standard.

Other than this, the feature-list is very similar between the two bikes. 

NameV-Strom 250 SXTRK 251
HeadlightLEDLED 
Tail-lightLEDLED
DRLsLEDLED
Instrumentation DigitalDigital
ABSDual-ChannelDual-Channel
Mobile ConnectivityRide Connect App with BluetoothNone
GPS NavigationRide Connect App with BluetoothNone
StarterElectricElectric
Final DriveChainChain
  1. The Price – 
NameV-Strom 250 SXTRK 251
PriceRs. 2.11 (ex-sh.)Rs. 2.54 Lakh (ex-sh.)

The new V-Strom SX is nearly Rs. 43,000/- cheaper than TRK 251. And that breaks its prospects in this comparo. The V-Strom looks to be a more off-road friendly machine. It may also be better for touring as well. And all of that at a significantly lower cost means that Suzuki appears to have almost hit the bulls-eye with this one, at least on paper.

However, a real world test of both the bikes will present a clearer picture of both the models and how they fare against each other in actual riding conditions. Till we get to do that, we are definitely tilted towards the Suzuki, specially considering that big price difference between the two rivals..

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