The company has been planning on introducing the V-Strom 650 in the Indian market for quite some time now. The bike was showcased at the Autoexpo 2018, where it gained quite a lot of attention and was surely a showstopper at the Suzuki’s stand. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Versys 650 has been around in the Indian motorcycle market for quite some time now. With the V-Strom launch lying somewhere very close, we compare both the bikes side by side on papers. We find out which is the best package and where the other might lack.
Looks and Design –
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is similarly styled as its bigger sibling, the Suzuki V-Storm 1000 motorcycle. The bike looks like a proper big adventure tourer motorcycle with oval-hexagon shaped headlamp, small beak-like extension, and cladding on the tank that separates it from a hoard of different adventure motorcycles.
Talking about the Kawasaki Versys 650, it also carries similar design as its bigger 1000cc version, and has similarly styled twin headlamp setup at the front. Also, it gets an underbelly exhaust unit when compared to raised one on the V-Strom 650. Both the bikes get adventure focused body panels and features such as high mounted handlebar, long travel suspension, tall windscreen and big comfortable seats.
Aesthetically both the bikes are of similar sizes and dimensions but for some, it might just be the Kawasaki that scores in the looks and design department.
In terms of features and electronic package, it is the Suzuki that snatches the crown here as it comes loaded with stuff like 3-stage traction control, Suzuki’s Easy Start System and an ABS is offered as a standard accessory. On the other hand, Kawasaki only gets ABS in the name of electronics or safety package. What’s also similar in both the bikes is the instrument panel which is semi analog-digital meter.
Engine and specs –
Both the bikes are neck to neck when it comes to the engine department. The Kawasaki comes packed with the 649cc, parallel twin liquid cooled engine that churns out close to 68bhp of maximum power at 8,500rpm and 64Nm of peak torque comes at 7,500rpm. The engine comes mated through a six-speed gearbox and final chain drive.
On the other hand, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 uses a 645cc, V-Twin engine that delivers a lightly higher power of 70bhp at 8,800rpm and 62Nm of peak torque comes at 6500rpm via 6-speed gearbox and final chain drive.
Both are 200+ kg heavy bikes and weigh close to 216 kg. The Suzuki has a 20-liter fuel capacity while the Kawasaki has a 21-litre of fuel tank. With an average of 18kmpl to 22kmpl, both should have a range of more than 400 kilometers.
The company has still not launched the V-Strom yet but Suzuki V-Strom 650 price in India, when launched, will be close to Rs 7 lakh. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Versys 650 is priced at Rs 6.69 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).