2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650: they teased this?!

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These are the first pictures of the new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650. Ever web-ignorant Suzuki managed to leak them themselves, uploading them to their European website days ahead of the official launch. As you can see, it’s a slightly restyled take on the old bike. We’re digesting the information to see if there’s anything of value here, but until then, bore yourself with the images in this gallery.

The specs are almost as identical as the looks. It’s the same engine, but the compression ratio has been slightly decreased from 11.5:1 to 11.2:1 likely indicating that it’ll make slightly less power. Weight is also slightly down, from 220kg/485lbs (wet) to 214kg/472lbs (wet). As is fuel capacity, down from 22 to 20 liters. The seat height has increased slightly from 32.3 to 32.9 inches. You’re likely gathering from the miniscule scale of these changes what a non-event this slight restyle is. Every other mechanical component appears to be identical with the exception of the exhaust. It’s possible that this ever-so-slight restyle was prompted by the need to meet ever-tightening European emissions regulations.

Style wise, the headlights are a little rounder and the huge plastic side panels are disappeared in favor of slimmer gills. Literally every other detail appear to be identical.

We mostly tried to ignore it, but Suzuki hopped on the teaser bandwagon with this new V-Strom. Failing to fully capture what makes viral viral, it was all in teasers on its official site rather than in carefully seeded information and image leaks. If they’d just released this new model and said, “look, we needed to stick a new exhaust on to meet Euro IV and we took the opportunity to make it a little less awkward looking” we’d likely have just run a dry news article about the worthy-but-dull, street-focussed adventure tourer. Instead, it’s annoying that Suzuki transparently set out to manipulate web publications like HFL for coverage while failing to grasp the actual reason why people are interested in information on exciting new motorcycles. Sorry Suzuki, but this new V-Strom just isn’t exciting at all.

Suzuki via ADVRider

  • Nicolas

    Suzuki. If you’re out there listening. Please reach down between your legs and pull out that gigantic round thing that is lodged deep within your ass! You’re actually going to “tease” this non-sense after the Tiger has just been released?! I don’t get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheese302 Cheese302

    wow, suzuki needs some help

  • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

    Looks like the opportunity still exists for Hyosung (or ATK or whoever wants to license the tech from Hyosung)to build a more dirt worthy 650.


    Read ADVrider and figure out what they want out of the weestrom and build a Hyo to match.

  • Thom


  • Endless Mike

    Cool. They made it uglier.

  • kidchampion

    Multistrada with a clipped beak. It has more of a Sonic the Hedgehog expression.

    • dux

      The orange one looks like Tails!

  • Devin

    Man I first thought the weight went up. Is this weight for a fully bagged V-Strom. Otherwise this thing is surprisingly heavy.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s the quoted curb weight.

    • robotribe

      I suspect it’s due to the obvious case of fat-can-itis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

    Wow. Not a good wow, either. More like a, “Why did they even bother?” wow.

  • Devin

    Good news! Touratech et al don’t even need to come up with new accessories, it looks like everything is EXACTLY THE SAME…

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Eww. Where’s the culty V-Strom guy that’s here to tell us why this bike is the best bike Suzuki has ever made?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We don’t allow v-strom owners to subscribe.

      • wwalkersd

        Uh oh. Looks like they’re gonna cancel my subscription. I must’ve snuck in while he wasn’t looking. Mine’s a 1000, though.

        Eh, it’s a matter of horses for courses. Those who like this sort of thing will find that this is the sort of thing that they like.

      • Devin

        Yep, I’m in trouble too. The bike is great, but this is ridiculous.

        • BMW11GS

          I really liked my Vstrom 650, but just not convinced in a world of so many good bikes that its what I really wanted. Anyway I like this one, honestly, besides their “weird” press statement.

      • Tim

        what about the V Stroms poor old uncle KLR? Surely you let us stay just to make everyone else look good?

      • nick2ny

        Then I won’t tell you that I’ve been fiending for one.

  • wwalkersd

    Hey, they moved up from Bold New Graphics to Bold New Plastics!

    Looks like they just switched it to a different kind of ugly (and I say this as a guy with a V-Strom 1000 in my garage).

  • rustycb450

    I see the oil cooler has been removed (or relocated?). One less thing to get destroyed when you decide to take that gravel road instead of the paved.

  • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

    Those things may be boring, but they’re cheap and comfy. Like a Corolla.

    That’s actually kinda sad.

    • muckluck

      V-Strom the Corolla of motorcyles! LOL good one Mark.

    • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

      Yes, the Corolla of bikes.

      It could be the subaru impreza wrx. Add the dirt wheels, suspension and brakes (e.g. ktm adventure). Ugly but unique in it’s abilities / price.

      Wait, remember this?

      • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

        The First, Last Race trailer featuring Terra Mostro…


        My brother and I are referred to as “Suzuki sisters” by “friends” close to us. This kinda Strom might keep the name alive after the DRZ goes.

  • John

    Culty V-Strom Guy here…..Howdy.

    Sorry for the delay in me chiming in, Flo needed some lovin’.

    Yes, this new V-Strom is EPIC!!!

    The V-Strom is a Touring Bike that will do a little gravel road stuff. The V-Strom will go where 90% of most riders want to go.

    She returns great fuel economy, is supremely comfortable, has a huge payload capacity, handles really well on a twisty road, and has super low operating costs. The headlights blast a hole in the darkness, you can customize her, and she has HUGE aftermarket support.

    This “lipstick on a pig” redesign is perfect. They cleaned up the looks, upgraded to the Gladius engine, and did not break what was not broken. This will allow them to hold the line on pricing and keep their position as THE affordable, do it all motorcycle.

    If you want a 21 inch front hoop on wire wheels for “true” GS style offroading, just buy the new Tiger 800 or the Beemer, or the S10 or the Norge, and shut the fuck up.

    Don’t try to make the V-Strom into something it is not. The V-Strom is a street bike that has long suspension travel that soaks up bad roads and allows you to ride on gravel if needed. The Brits call ‘em “Tall ‘Rounders”.

    She’s the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. She’s not an expert bike at any ONE thing, but she does everything really well with low expenses and zero headaches.

    Stop bitching and ride……Bitches.

    • Noah

      I like your style

    • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

      Needs a 21″ front wheel, 18″ rear.

  • John

    Oh yeah, my other bikes are a Ducati Monster and a Honda RC51 to offset the V-Strom snooze festival.


    • rustycb450

      lol… nice

  • Gene

    My V-Strom was such a piece of junk and such a huge disappointment after my SV, that I seriously considered a Buell Ulysses. That’s how desperate I was.

    I wasted a ton of bucks at Twisted Throttle, Sargent Seats, and other places trying to make it into a real motorcycle. It had the worst seat ever, I couldn’t get from Orlando to Daytona without two stops.

    My SV-650 honestly off-roads better than my V-Strom did.

    It’s epic all right… epic fail.

  • markbvt

    If anything is more deserving of the infamous Picard facepalm pic, I don’t know what it is.

  • rohorn

    I understand that taking styling cues from the past is all the design rage these days, but from the RF600????

  • dux

    Less power, more ugly? Yes please!

  • Coreyvwc

    If there is a sub 6k sticker price then I understand. If not, then I do not understand.

  • Liquidogged

    I wonder if Suzuki is reading this and crying. Or just shrugging and counting the money from 56 year olds buying vstroms.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    They will sell a over 9000 here, to people too scared (old) to ride a supermotard and too cheap to buy a tmax.

  • Gene

    Bring back the SV, please, not this chunkashit. And I don’t mean the Suzuki Penius either.