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.
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.
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.
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).
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.