Just to clarify, he said the first positive review by a Vee owner. I actually think this is significant. How many other previous reviewers would have been as acquainted with the world of V-Strom as this writer?Really? The first positive review? I have read many positive reviews... Haven't read a bad review of the 2012 yet... Thanks for the post and link, though...
Suzuki also put the V-Strom on a diet and the new bike is 11 pounds lighter than its ancestor, now weighing in at very creditable 472 pounds – plus 40 something pounds for a full tank of fuel. This weight needs putting into perspective. Yamaha’s Super Tenere is a full 100 pounds heavier – that’s almost two full sacks of potatoes in extra weight, as us country living hillbillies will tell you.
In fact, the DL is only 59 pounds heavier than Yamaha’s outstanding XT660 Tenere Single (which us sad Americans do not get to see) – the Suzuki is that good!
Combine the new, light weight with the inherent advantages of the bike’s V-Twin layout and the outcome is a bike which is starting to feel much more like a big, single-cylinder trail bike than a middleweight Adventure motorcycle.
...Not only is the V-Strom the best engine in its class – and that includes the formidably good Triumph 800 – but it is also a challenger for the best motor in an Adventure bike, in any sector.
While the Suzuki's suspension felt adequate to the task, it had our tester wishing for more performance at times. At one end of the scale, the DL650 will pull from literally tickover all the way to 10,000 rpm – and with turbine smoothness. As an experiment, I tried riding at 25 mph, two-up and loaded with photographic gear – in sixth gear! Simply open the throttle and the V-Strom pulls away with effortless grace.
At the other end of its performance range, the motor revs on like a two-stroke Twin. In all conditions it is sweet, inoffensive and willing.
Suzuki claim 69 horsepower for the engine and, in a way, this figure does a disservice to the real life power it makes. In practical terms, think more of a 90-hp touring machine and you will get a sense of the sort of power the rider feels is available. There are 44 lb-ft of torque at 6400rpm but again this is deceptive because of the utterly linear delivery of the power.