After an eight-year run with few changes, the V-Strom 650 was looking a bit tired. Suzuki introduced a new for 2012 model, with tougher styling, more torque, less weight, revised suspension and better instrumentation
The biggest change to the 2012 Vstrom DL650 is the change in engines.
The engine for the 2012+ DL650 is a Gladius sourced engine retuned to suit the V-Strom’s stronger touring and adventure bias. The 645cc V-Twin maintains the same 81mm bore and 62.6mm stroke, but features new pistons, cylinders, valve springs and cams.
Unique to the V-Strom 650 are the intake and airbox assembly and exhaust system, as well as the camshafts which use altered profiles to boost low and mid-range torque compared with the sportier (and lighter) Gladius. Other changes compared with the old V-Strom include single instead of double valve springs (for less reciprocating weight and friction) and improvements to the internal gas flow, reducing pumping losses.
The torque benefits from the overhauled engine are clearly felt from idle well into the mid-range with the 650 Strom exhibiting a lot more ‘grunt’ factor than before.
The new instrument panel is easily read, day or night. The large tach is analog, with your speed and transmission position reported by a large LCD. New and welcome is an ambient thermometer, and a small light that warns you when the temperature hits freezing. Also included is a handlebar switch for cycling through the functions on the dash.
Suzuki also redesigned the V-Strom’s seat. High-end in appearance‚ red stitching and an appealing V-Strom logo‚ the seat being 25-percent thicker than the previous version. The taller seat gives your legs a bit more room, which is welcome for touring.
The Bodywork has been totally redesigned, with the boxy square look gone and replaced with a curvy slim design that doesn't make this bike look as front and top heavy as the older design.
Hope this helps make your decision easier. The new DL650 is a much more modern bike than its predecessor in both looks and feel.
Last edited by FoxOrange; 09-03-2013 at 09:25 PM.