Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ottawa Ontario Canada
My DL650A (with ABS) has the ABS stickers on the front fender. The stickers on the rear side panels show DL650 only. Don't go by this sticker to determine the model you have.
DL650A is the model designation for the ABS model. DL650 is without. Regardless of sticker
According to my 2009 shop manual:
In Canada and the US, including California, the 2007 to at least 2009 inclusive (and likely up to 2011) NON-ABS DL650 has a VIN starting with JS1VP54A.
In Canada and the US, including California, the 2007 to at least 2009 inclusive (and likely up to 2011) ABS DL650A has a VIN starting with JS1VP54B.
In Canada, anyway, at one point onward (2009?) only the ABS version was imported. I don't know about the US.
One (other!) way to check if the bike has ABS is to remove the seat. Behind the battery, the two ABS-labeled fuses will be staring right back at you.
My Suzuki and dealer paperwork show the model as DL650A, fwiw. (DLA on my registration).
Marc, rider of a black 2009 V-Strom 650A ABS
Last edited by perArdua; 11-18-2012 at 09:26 PM.
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