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Is our Vstrom 650 2017-2018 assembled in india? There is a way to know it by the VIN identification plate? Seems Japanese Toyokawa plant is dismissed... :surprise:
 

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What? Not even the 500cc HD >:)
ROFLMAO, Not even. Last time I rode a Chinese scooter in Katerini Paralia, the wheel fell off after hitting a speed bump on the way to Mount Olympus and I scraped up my butt.
 

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What? Not even the 500cc HD <img src="http://www.stromtrooper.com/images/StromTrooper_2015/smilies/tango_face_devil.png" border="0" alt="" title="Devil" class="inlineimg" />
ROFLMAO, Not even. Last time I rode a Chinese scooter in Katerini Paralia, the wheel fell off after hitting a speed bump on the way to Mount Olympus and I scraped up my butt.
Come on, don't be like that. You rode a cheap knock-off scooter and dismiss everything made there? Let me tell you, BMW and Honda will not produce rubbish even in India or Thailand. I owned a Honda cb500x - built in Thailand - and it was rock solid, great quality as you would expect from Honda. I would guess it's the same with BMW and would be the same with Suzuki. Given sufficient QC you can build anything anywhere.
 

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I hope not, it appears they are consolidating into one "new" plant in Japan. I won't own anything built in China or India.

https://motorsportsnewswire.com/2018/06/27/suzuki-new-manufacturing-plant/
That plant need to be completed... So, where the 2017-2018 were builted? Not in the oldest Toyokawa plant because was closed in 2016... And Suzuki is now launching vstrom in India (builted in a new indian plant where they are building also gsx750 and hayabusa). I also hope is not builted or just assembled in India but googling for "vstrom 2017 assembly line" (or something similar) no japan is mentioned but only India ?
 

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Come on, don't be like that. You rode a cheap knock-off scooter and dismiss everything made there? Let me tell you, BMW and Honda will not produce rubbish even in India or Thailand. I owned a Honda cb500x - built in Thailand - and it was rock solid, great quality as you would expect from Honda. I would guess it's the same with BMW and would be the same with Suzuki. Given sufficient QC you can build anything anywhere.
Thailand, I would possibly consider. China or India, not a chance. Ya know what they say, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Even my and my daughter's bicycles are hand built in Germany. I avoid Chinese products whenever I can. It's difficult sometimes but I try. I prefer American made or Euro made. My money my choice, very simple really. Motorcycles built in China or India are completely out of the question.
 

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Thailand, I would possibly consider. China or India, not a chance. Ya know what they say, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Even my and my daughter's bicycles are hand built in Germany. I avoid Chinese products whenever I can. It's difficult sometimes but I try. I prefer American made or Euro made. My money my choice, very simple really. Motorcycles built in China or India are completely out of the question.
Sure, it's your money. I was just pointing out that because brand X has lousy or no QC, this does not reflect badly on everything made in the country where brand X happens to be making their products.

Motorcycle "A" brands are opening plants in India and China because that's where there's a lot of demand for smaller displacement bikes.
However, since these bikes are also sold in EU and US, they cannot afford to be lax in their QC (unlike brand X which does not have any name to keep up, and probably doesn't even sell bikes under its own name anyway).
So, for my part, I wouldn't really care whether my bike was made in Japan or in China under Japanese supervision as long as I could count on the same brand warranty (I have 4y of warranty for my DL650XT which is part of the reason I bought a Suzuki and not a Triumph).
 

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This is interesting:

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT launching soon: Made in India ADV bike from Suzuki!
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is likely to be the most affordable bike that Suzuki manufacture in India and is likely to be powered by 645cc V-twin motor that makes 71hp at 8,800 rpm and 62Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, and will send power to the wheel via a 6-speed transmission
 

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This is interesting:

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT launching soon: Made in India ADV bike from Suzuki!
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is likely to be the most affordable bike that Suzuki manufacture in India and is likely to be powered by 645cc V-twin motor that makes 71hp at 8,800 rpm and 62Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, and will send power to the wheel via a 6-speed transmission
The market value of all of the older used V Stroms just skyrocketed.
 

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This is interesting:

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT launching soon: Made in India ADV bike from Suzuki!
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT is likely to be the most affordable bike that Suzuki manufacture in India and is likely to be powered by 645cc V-twin motor that makes 71hp at 8,800 rpm and 62Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, and will send power to the wheel via a 6-speed transmission
Which model year is this referring to (a future one?) and what is the source?

Edit: Found it. The English it's written is appears to be a little broken (auto translated?). I'm not yet convinced this is a made-in-India bike. Wording isn't clear. I think they were referencing the model coming to India.
 

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Which model year is this referring to (a future one?) and what is the source?

Edit: Found it. The English it's written is appears to be a little broken (auto translated?). I'm not yet convinced this is a made-in-India bike. Wording isn't clear. I think they were referencing the model coming to India.
half a dozen places posting about this. One article says that they are manufacturing, selling and riding them there NOW.
copy and paste what I did, and you'll see.
 

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I remember back in the early 60s when everyone panicked like now when they started selling bikes made in JAPAN!
It's just the way the world turns.
 

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...Yep, Suzuki introduced the '18 650 XT to India as a "CKU" unit (completely knocked down). It's imported to India in pieces to save on freight and is assembled locally for local sale. This does not effect the rest of us non-Indians.


Suzuki has confirmed to Carandbike, that the new V-Strom 650 will come to India as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit. This will allow the company to price the motorcycle competitively in the Indian market.

The V-Strom 650 is the third motorcycle from Suzuki to be locally assembled in India. The other two motorcycles include the Hayabusa and the GSX-S750. Globally, the adventure motorcycle offering from Suzuki is available in two variants: Standard 650 and the 650XT. However, India is expected to get only the V-Strom 650 XT.
 

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As posted above my 2017 was built in 03 of 2017 and has Made in japan on the data plate.
 
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