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The February 2012 edition has a "review" of the 2012 DL650A. Rider has been rather positive towards the DL650: several staff members own one, and most notably, after the comparison with the 2011 DL650A [same since 2007] Tiger 800 a few months back, the Senior Managing Editor bought the test bike.

I use review parenthetically because this article could have been written from the spec sheet and the first ride reports. There's no performance data other than a dyno graph, which shows a 2.7hp hp increase and 1.8 ft lbs more torque.
They give a wet weight of 471 lbs and say it's 18 lbs lighter but don't say if this was tested or provided by the manufacturer. Guess we'll have to wait for Motorcycle Consumer News to get a more thorough review.

Hell For Leather already gave their "review." It's not red, Italian or over 100 hp so it sucks.

he minimal mechanical changes to the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 make it almost too boring to write about. Luckily, you can look at these pictures instead. Unlike the ones that accompanied the original leak, the ones in this leak are very large, so you can see all that plastic in great detail.
Naults Suzuki said they will have them mid-January.
 

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They do say that the range is not as good as the 2011 (266 vs 239). The mileage for the 2012 is 45.1 vs 45.9 for the 2012 so much for the 10% increase in fuel mileage.
 

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They do say that the range is not as good as the 2011 (266 vs 239). The mileage for the 2012 is 45.1 vs 45.9 for the 2012 so much for the 10% increase in fuel mileage.

266 vs 239 :confused: My '07 blows those numbers out of the water. Sounds like a drop in range or milage to me.
 

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As I just posted in the other report, I am getting way better mileage on the 2012. I suspect they were flogging the guts out of the new bike. More power = more fuel used under full throttle.

Normal riding the new bike is more fuel efficient and has a better range despite the smaller tank.

I averaged 4.5L/100km on the old vstrom.

I am averaging 3.9L/100km on the new vstrom.
 

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I can confirm the better fuel economy.

At least 15% better than my K6 was. I can live with a 10% drop in tank capacity and 5% better range.

It's more powerful, so thrash it, and yes it'll burn more juice.

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Good to hear some people are getting better gas mileage on the 2012. I always know I'll get better mileage than what they get in the tests. I'm sure they flog these bikes, I on the other hand ride like the father of the oldest person on earth full of sleeping pills.
 
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