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Suzuki PH debuts entry-level V-Strom 250SX

Call it the baby V-Strom

The littlest V-Strom can handle some light off-roading. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

With adventure bikes remaining a popular choice in the big bike category, it was only a matter of time before Suzuki came up with an entry-level version of its full-size V-Strom 650 and 1050 XT.

First seen in the Indian market earlier this year, the V-Strom 250 SX was unveiled locally at the Inside Racing Magazine Lifestyle Expo. It’s an even leaner version of the “Wee Strom” 650, with angular fairings, a fairly tall windshield, and a beak to remind you of its bigger siblings.

A raised handlebar, hand guards, a windshield, and a beak are expected these days for an ADV bike. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI
The 26hp, 249cc motor is shared with the Gixxer 250 road bike. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI
It wears MRF rubber on tubeless, alloy wheels. ABS is courtesy of ByBre (Indian Brembo). PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Its 249cc single-cylinder engine means it’s not expressway-legal, limiting its appeal somewhat for Luzon-based riders. However, a light curb weight of 167kg and an approachable seat height of 835mm make it an ideal ride for off-road “budol” rides. The motor is rated at 26hp and 22.2Nm, and mated to a six-speed transmission.

Champion Yellow and Gloss Sparkle Black are your color options. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

A nonadjustable telescopic fork helps keep the price down to P229,000, but it still gets tubeless alloy wheels (100/90-19 front and 140/70-17 rear), antilock brakes, and LED lights. Intended as a touring-oriented version of the Gixxer 250 rather than an out-and-out adventure bike, it also gets road-biased tires, hand guards, and a comfortable, two-part saddle. Ground clearance of 205mm should be plenty useful on Philippine roads where floods and potholes are the rule rather than the exception. Suzuki Philippines is already taking reservations.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.