To cater to the fast-growing attraction towards adventure motorcycles in India, there are plenty of options in the premium segment. However, under INR 3 lakh, there are just two and among the upcoming examples, only KTM seems to be the one who has been developing a new bike. The word going around is that Suzuki India is considering a V-Strom 250 too, which will most probably be powered by the new 250cc single that has been developed especially for India to keep costs low. Internationally, a 2019 example of the V-Strom 250 has just gone on sale and as is the case with the quarter-litre Gixxers elsewhere, this one too is powered by a parallel-twin.
One look at the V-Strom 250 is enough to confirm that functionality comes to the fore here and you’d notice that the front with its round headlamp and that beak, does look familiar. The difference here is that it looks well-put together even in the pictures and should be just like that, given Suzuki’s manufacturing processes.
With an 800mm seat height, the V-Strom 250 rides on 17″ alloys and gets 115mm of travel for its front telescopic forks and 125mm for the rear monoshock. For India, we’d love to see spoke-type wheels, the front bigger than the rear, and some more travel in those suspension bits.
Powering this quarter-litre V-Strom is a 250cc parallel-twin which gets a single overhead cam and four valves. However, if there is an Indian version, it will most certainly be powered by the new single-cylinder 250cc engine which also pushes the Gixxer 250 SF and its naked cousin. It cranks out 26.5 PS@9,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm@7,500 rpm in a refined manner, which should give the India-spec V-Strom 250 enough teeth to bite into long stretches comfortably. Some re-tuning to make the bike fun off the road will only make the deal sweeter.
The International-spec V-Strom 250 can carry 17.3-litres of fuel in its tank, tips the scales at 188 kilos, and comes fitted with 290 mm front and 240 mm front and rear discs. The bike gets dual-channel ABS and dear Suzuki, if you’re going to give us one, please can we have it with a switchable ABS system? There are things like an all-digital display, a luggage rack at the back and a bash plate too. For being powered by a parallel-twin and other reasons, this international-spec V-Strom 250 will sound expensive if we do the math. If there is an Indian version that could go on sale, we expect prices to hover near the INR 1.8 lakh – 2 lakh mark.