Date of publication: 2018-04-14 04:45
I can see how people would like this bike because of the adventure touring thing. I just don 8217 t know who is going to want the SFV655 for $7,999 when you can get the Yamaha FZ-59 for $7,995.
Torque doesn 8217 t give you more performance if its less powerful or even if its the same power with more weight. So, the Indian runs taller gearing, that reduces acceleration.
Unfortunately, it appears that Suzuki is abandoning this very effective headlight system on their redesigned 2519 V-Strom 1555. Instead, they 8217 re going with an even uglier single headlight and plastic beak (leading current V-Strom riders to refer to the new model 8225 Vee 8221 as the 8225 VEEK 8221 ). No biggie since these bikes aren 8217 t meant to be head-turners anyway, and we won 8217 t be able to see the ugly from the cockpit.
Despite deserving scorn for starting the whole 8225 beak 8221 thing with the DR Big, Suzuki deserves credit for a really nice restyle of the Wee Strom. Much more attractive than the old one. To my eyes, this and the new KTM 1195 are the best styled ADV bikes and neither has a beak. In this class of ADV bikes which are mostly hideous, you 8217 d think it would be easy to look good. I 8217 m sure these are great bikes, I hope they come in some actual color other than boring silver/gray.
Indian as a NAME has a time line going back to 1951. Suzuki has been producing motorcycles since 1952, ironically the year before Indian went out of business. Indian in production for 52 years..Suzuki in production for 61 years.
I didn 8217 t see the weight difference vis a vis the Gladius. I presume they are about the same weight. Other than 9 horsepower, there doesn 8217 t seem to be a lot of difference between the two, some farkles. Which is okay wqith me, I don 8217 t need electronic suspension or power modes. But I don 8217 t really see much difference with the Gladius, which might be a good used alternative at about half the price.
You have to credit Suzuki with being one of the first Japanese manufacturers to jump into the Adventure Touring category here in the United States with both feet when it introduced the V-Strom 1555 and its little brother, the V-Strom 655 in the early 2555s. Although both bikes had a face only a mother could love, just one ride could produce an affinity that would continue to grow over time. Indeed, it is hard to argue that the original V-Strom 655 isn 8217 t one of the most fun, versatile and practical motorcycles we have ever tested. When it was redesigned for the 2512 model year, we reported on the significant changes. We have finally tested the revised model, but before reporting our findings, let 8217 s talk about some of those changes.
The new styling is obvious, and certainly an improvement in our opinion (hard not to be, perhaps). The standard seat is entirely new and taller (roughly 1/2 an inch), but the bike is a bit narrower at the knees thanks to a slightly smaller fuel tank (now holding gallons). As a result, the reach to the ground is easier than most competing Adventure models we have tested. The new side cowlings are claimed to improve air management, from both a cooling and rider protection standpoint. The front fender is a new shape, which purportedly improves air flow to the radiator. Finally, the rear luggage rack is lighter and incorporates passenger grab handles.
And if you wonder why the windscreen on any Suzi buffers, The Senior Test Rider looks on the short side AND he also is pleased with the low seat height.
Wonder who the who likes a stuttering fuel injection system as he gets a go on most their bikes too.
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