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.
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.
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.