Should Suzuki Bring the V-Strom 250 to the U.S.?

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250
The 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250 is available in Europe and other markets. Should it come to the U.S.?

We’ve seen and ridden the latest versions of Suzuki’s V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 “sport adventure tourers,” and both won our recent comparison tests. At the same time the 2017 V-Strom 650 and 2018 V-Strom 1000 were introduced, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, last November 2016, Suzuki also announced a new small-displacement version, the V-Strom 250, but it wasn’t slated for the U.S. market.

Read our 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 review

Read our 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 review

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250
On display at AIMExpo 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, Suzuki is gauging U.S. interest in the V-Strom 250.

Suzuki decided to bring a V-Strom 250 to the¬†American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Columbus, Ohio, which is on display at the company’s booth. Next to the bike is a tablet where dealers, industry and media folks, and consumers can complete a survey to gauge their interest in the V-Strom 250.

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250
The V-Strom 250’s biggest styling departure from its 650cc and 1000cc siblings is the single round headlight.

Styled to look like its middleweight and liter-class siblings, the V-Strom 250 has an ADV-style beak, upright seating with a wide handlebar, a windscreen and a luggage rack with integrated passenger grab handles. Optional accessories include hand guards, a center stand and hard luggage.

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250 engine
Powering the Suzuki V-Strom 250 is the same liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC 248cc parallel twin found in the GSX250R sportbike.

It’s powered by the same liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC 248cc parallel twin that’s found in the 2018 GSX250R, with a 6-speed transmission and chain final drive. It rolls on 17-inch cast wheels with dual disc brakes, seat height is 31.5 inches and claimed curb weight is 414.5 pounds (for the UK model).

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 250
Standard equipment on the Suzuki V-Strom 250 is a rider/passenger seat and a luggage rack with integrated grab handles.

I filled out the survey and said “hell yea, bring it here!” If you’re interested in the V-Strom 250 but can’t make it to AIMExpo this year, talk to your local Suzuki dealer.

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. This would be a great beginner bike. Look at the Versys 300 and the Honda 250 versions. How are sales on those? It would also appeal to riders that are getting older and don’t want the weight of the 650. It would be even better if it could be less than 400 pounds, however.

  2. Why? (bring it here). Unless they are going to put a remotely competitive engine in it who wants it. We have the Honda 250 rally, *KAWASAKI 300* & hopefully BMW 300GS.

  3. Please don’t bring it here (Colorado): We already have more than enough underpowered bikes and scooters on the road. It’s dangerous for them, and dangerous for us. Between the hills (mountains) and the altitude and the relative lack of speed-crippling traffic you can’t safely ride anything less than about 500cc here even on secondary roads, let alone highways, let alone freeways.

  4. Too heavy, too little power compared to currently available machines. Would only bring it in if it costs significantly less than the Versys-X 300.

  5. Fit it with the DRZ400 engine and make it weight in close to the DRZ SM (300 lbs) and it would be a winner. Otherwise a twin that small carries too much weight and is just a tarted up parts bin special. No one would be fooled by it.
    I am part of the Vstrom legend so screwing it up with something like that isn’t a good thing.

  6. Americans won’t ride 250s, no matter how practical or fun they might be. If it ain’t a liter-size sportbike or tarted-up chrome butt-rattler, it ain’t a ‘real motorcycle’…

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