Entry level touring motorcycle segment is on the rise as two-wheeler makers are shifting their focus on the pocket friendly products. Currently, that segment of the Indian two-wheeler industry is occupied by Royal Enfield Himalayan while other players such as KTM, BMW Motorrad and UM Motorcycles are busy developing a product of their own. Even Kawasaki is reportedly planning to introduce a quarter-litre highway hauler variant of its Versys series.
Suzuki too has joined the race as it unveiled a new quarter-litre tourer concept at the 2016 China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition, the DL250. The concept motorcycle proudly donned the V-Strom badge on its beaky fairing. The V-Strom 250 gets an unmistakable V-Strom family silhouette with that beaky fairing and rugged bodywork. Similar to the V-Strom 650, the quarter litre tourer gets alloy wheels and conventional telescopic suspension upfront. However, unlike the V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650, the headlight on the V-Strom 250 is spherical.
Will we see a proper, off-road spec variant? While there is no official statement about any such variant, it would not be completely incorrect to expect a XT badged model with wired spoke wheel sharing the space with the standard V-Strom 250.
The engine specs are identical to the GSX-250R which shared the stage with this tourer. So the 248 cc DOHC twin cylinder liquid cooled engine churns out 18.4kW or 25 PS of power at 8,000 rpm and 23.4 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.
The motorcycle seems more than just a concept and we expect to hear some more news on the production spec model in the coming days, most probably during the EICMA motorcycle show scheduled in November. Till then, drool over the images of the concept motorcycle courtesy TMCBlog. Do share your views about the motorcycle through the comments section below.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid cooled, twin-cylinder DOHC|
|Bore × Stroke (mm)||53.5 x 55.2|
|Compression ratio||11.5 : 1|
|Maximum power||18.4kW / 25 PS at 8,000rpm|
|Peak torque||23.4 Nm at 6,500rpm|
|Length x Width x Height||2085 x 740 x 1110 mm|
|Wet weight||178 kg|
|Seat height||790 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||15 litre|
|Tire (front)||110 / 80-17|
|Tire (rear)||140 / 70-17|