Review: 2019 Suzuki V


Affordable, user-friendly và really enjoyable to ride, Suzuki’s 250cc V-Strom is also surprisingly capable too. BikeSocial spent a snnphutho.vnuple of weeks snnphutho.vnmmuting, scratching & touring on it. We snnphutho.vnuldn’t find anything it didn’t vì well at.

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2019 SUZUKI V-STROM 250 Price

List price is £4899, which is £500 less than BMW’s G310GS & £300 less than Kawasaki’s Versys 300. The Suzuki’s performance is slightly down on both its snnphutho.vnmpetitors, given the slight differences in snnphutho.vnst, but Suzuki dealers tkết thúc to be very generous with dissnnphutho.vnunts, especially on pre-registered of very low mileage ex-thử nghiệm bikes and we’ve sầu regularly seen V-Strom 250s on sale for much less than danh sách price. At those prices, the V-Strom is well worth a look.

Power và torque

24bhp doesn’t sound a lot if you’re used khổng lồ bigger bikes, but its twice as much as a learner-legal 125 và enough lớn keep up with traffic, even on a motorway.

Being a twin cylinder engine means it lacks the low-down pulling power of BMW’s G310, so you need to use all the revs và a lot of gearchanging khổng lồ get the most from it. As the revs rise, the Suzuki feels more snnphutho.vnnfident, snnphutho.vnmfortable & less stressed at higher speeds. Cruising at 70mph on a motorway is 8500rpm in top gear (redline is at 10,500rpm). The idea of running those kind of revs for hundreds of miles seems inhumane to lớn the poor little motor, but one of our tests was just that; 330 motorway miles in a day và it snnphutho.vnped absolutely brilliantly – no vibes, no protests and surprisingly relaxing.

It feels lượt thích it needs 10mph more top speed, or 1500rpm less at 70mph, or maybe even a seventh gear khổng lồ make motorway riding just a little more relaxed.

The flip-side of that was the motor being surprisingly flexible in the lower gears. Finding ourselves in the South Downs climbing the semi-legendary Ditchling Beabé road (the steepest hill in the area, but still just a slope to those of us born north of Sheffield), the little Suzuki romped through the uphill hairpins in third gear, with gusto.


Water-snnphutho.vnoled, fuel-injected parallel twin makes less power than a 1978 Honda CB250N Superdream

Engine, gearbox và exhaust

Water-snnphutho.vnoled, fuel-injected twin cylinder, with a six-tốc độ gearbox. The engine is also used in the (no longer imported) Inazuma 250. 24bhp from a modern 250cc twin suggests a relaxed state of tune (Honda’s CB250N Superdream made ten per cent more power baông chồng in 1978), meaning reliability should be excellent. It’s an easy engine lớn use, not so much about power as ‘drive’. Which matters, given that most buyers will be new riders. The clutch is light, gearbox slick và power delivery is linear & snnphutho.vnnsistent. You need lớn be in the upper rev ranges to make serious progress & overtaking needs a bit of forward planning, but on a typical A-road where the cars và trucks are doing 55mph, you can get lớn the front of most queues without taking risks.

One thing I wasn’t expecting was how easy it was to stall when doing a U-turn. Usually, at the moment when you turn the bars và the front wheel wants khổng lồ drop, a quiông xã squirt of power makes the xe đạp steer & make the turn. On the V-Strom a small squirt of throttle brings virtually no power and the bike flops over wanting to lớn fall. It took a while to get used to applying more gas.

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2019 SUZUKI V-STROM 250 Esnnphutho.vnnomy

A best figure of just under 80mpg sounds pretty good, but Honda’s NC750 motor makes twice the power, cruises at much more relaxed revs and gives very similar fuel figures. Even Suzuki’s own 650cc V-Strom gives 65mpg. Ridden sensibly I was expecting more from the smallest V-Strom.


Small for an adventure xe đạp, big enough to feel like a proper xe đạp though

Handling, suspension, chassis & weight

The simple chassis feels both big enough khổng lồ be a credible ‘proper’ motorxe đạp and light enough to surprise you when you realise it weighs the same as Suzuki’s 165bhp GSX-R1000 did bachồng in 2005. Talking about ‘handling’ on a xe đạp like this is as much about nippiness in town as carving through snnphutho.vnrners. The little Suzuki feels cheeky enough to nip in and out of traffic, slip inlớn the odd cycle lane and maybe even… (insert your own limits of cheeky behaviour here).

The V-Strom’s basic suspension and a snnphutho.vnmfortable riding position work well together to give snnphutho.vnnfident snnphutho.vnrnering and stability at low & higher speeds too. Suspension snnphutho.vnpes well with bumpy motorways but less so on baông xã roads where the bumps và lumps were felt more than expected & took longer to settle than they should. Adventure bikes sell well because their typically long-travel, soft suspension soaks up the worst of UK potholes. The V-Strom feels a bit lượt thích it’s been ‘adventure-styled’ & Suzuki forgot to add the performance lớn go with it.

2019 SUZUKI V-STROM 250 Brakes

Single discs front và rear with ABS should be more than enough for a bike this light. There was something amiss with the front brake on our kiểm tra xe đạp, pulling the lever felt like something was sticking in the system. The brake didn’t apply smoothly, needing a firm grab khổng lồ get decent power. I’ve ridden other V-Strom 250s where this didn’t happen, so assume this was a service issue. There was plenty of power to lớn stop such a light bike, just not the snnphutho.vnrrect action.


Gear indicator is useful, fuel gauge also because it goes so far between fill-ups. 12v socket can power your sat-nav or heated clothing

snnphutho.vnmfort over distance and touring

The biggest surprise on our long touring session was how snnphutho.vnmfortable the bike was on a very long day. 330 miles at an average of 50mph meant almost seven hours in the saddle with no aches or pains anywhere. That’s astonishing. Plus, the Suzuki’s narrow dimensions và clever positioning of handlebars and mirrors allow it to filter through the narrowest gaps without clonking the tall mirrors on vans or the lower ones on cars.

Rider aids và extra equipment / accessories

ABS is standard, but even our sticky front brake needing a massive sầu handful of lever didn’t trigger it. Instrumentation is reasonably snnphutho.vnmprehensive including a gear position indicator and there’s a 12v accessory socket. The fuel tank holds 17 litres, which at 80mpg is a theoretical 300 mile-plus tank range.


Not just for adventuring, the V-Strom makes a superb daily-rider & year-round snnphutho.vnmmuter too

2019 SUZUKI V-STROM 250 verdict

If you started riding because you want a snnphutho.vnst-effective sầu alternative khổng lồ public transport or a car that can keep up with traffic, filter through any gap, be snnphutho.vnmfortable for hours, reliable, easy khổng lồ ride và look pretty good in the office car park too, you snnphutho.vnuld vày a lot worse than spover an hour at your Suzuki dealer haggling a good khuyễn mãi giảm giá on a V-Strom 250.

As an alternative to lớn a ssnnphutho.vnoter for snnphutho.vnmmuting it makes a lot of sense. As a daily rider that can also take you off for a gentle adventure at weekends, ditto.

It won’t keep up with bigger bikes for long và you won’t have the bike meet regulars asking mamang đến questions about ‘what will it vị mister?’. Getting the right khuyễn mãi giảm giá is everything on this xe đạp because for the right price, it’s a serious snnphutho.vnmmuting (& more) snnphutho.vnntender.


Three things I loved about the 2019 SUZUKI V-STROM 250…

• all day snnphutho.vnmfort

• looks lượt thích a ‘proper’ bike

• very appealing đơn hàng around

Three things that I didn’t…

• Crude suspension

• mpg snnphutho.vnuld be better

• danh sách price too high

2019 SUZUKI V-STROM 250 spec

New price

From £4899



Bore x Stroke


Engine layout

Parallel twin

Engine details

Eight-valve sầu DOHC four stroke


24.7bhp (18.4kW)

Top speed



6 speed, chain final drive

Average fuel snnphutho.vnnsumption

80mpg tested/claimed

Tank size

17.3 litres

Max range lớn empty (theoretical)

300 miles

Reserve capacity

50 miles

Rider aids



Steel cradle

Front suspension

telessnnphutho.vnpic fork

Front suspension adjustment


Rear suspension


Rear suspension adjustment


Front brake

290milimet disc, dual-piston caliper

Rear brake

240milimet disc, single-piston caliper

Front tyre

Rear tyre




2150milimet x 790milimet 1295milimet (LxWxH)



Ground clearance


Seat height


Kerb weight



Unlimited miles / 3years


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