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Suzuki India has launched its a lot awaited 250cc journey motorbike, the V-Strom SX, at ₹ 2.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Suzuki V-Strom SX relies on the Gixxer 250 platform, and has the identical oil-cooled engine. 

Starting with the design, the brand new Suzuki V-Strom SX borrows its styling cues from the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 that’s bought in worldwide markets. The distinguished beak is, actually, impressed by the Suzuki DR-Z racer and DR-BIG off-road fashions of yore. Above the beak is the octagonal LED headlight, just like the Gixxer 250. A tall windscreen sits above the headlight, with the handguards, full the ADV take a look at the entrance finish.

Step to the aspect and you may see the massive, dual-tone plastic gas tank shrouds, beneath which lies the 12-litre metallic gas tank, related in capability to the Gixxer 250 road bare. The shroud merges with the beak, and total, this portion appears fairly cohesive.

Different design highlights embody a two-piece seat, dual-tone tail part with an built-in LED tail-light and a baggage provider/seize bar. The bike might be out there in three colors — Champion Yellow 2, Pearl Blaze Orange and Glass Sparkle Black.

The brand new V-Strom SX is powered by the identical 26.5hp, 22.2Nm, 249cc, oil-cooled engine that’s mated to a 6-speed gearbox — as seen on the Gixxer 250 road bare. Given the rev-happy nature of this engine, we can’t wait to trip the motorbike to see the way it fares as an journey motorbike.

The corporate says the V-Strom SX’s most important chassis is just like the Gixxer, albeit with a “few modifications”, whereas the subframe and swingarm are completely totally different. The bike’s wheelbase has gone up by 100mm in comparison with the Gixxer 250, and it additionally has a comparatively relaxed steering geometry.

The bike is suspended by a telescopic fork and a 7-step, preload adjustable monoshock on the rear.  The V-Strom SX has a kerb weight of 167kg, which is about 11kg greater than the Gixxer 250.

The corporate states that the entrance suspension journey is simply 120mm. That being mentioned, the bike does have a beneficiant 205mm floor clearance, vis-a-vis 165mm on the Gixxer 250. The seat peak, expectedly, has additionally gone up by 35mm to 835mm.

The bike rides on a 19-inch entrance wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel, shod with MRF Mogrip Meteor tyres. On the subject of braking, the bike makes use of a disc on the entrance and rear with dual-channel ABS as customary. Whether or not the rear ABS might be switched off or not is unclear as of now.

The V-Strom SX is supplied with a USB charging port and a digital LCD display screen with Bluetooth connectivity, WhatsApp alert, turn-by-turn navigation, ETA info and extra. 

At ₹ 2.11 lakh, the Suzuki V-Strom SX is priced on par with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Yezdi Journey. It additionally faces competitors from the KTM 250 Journey, nevertheless, the latter has a bonus on paper with a liquid-cooled engine that makes extra energy. It additionally prices about ₹ 20,000 greater than the Suzuki.

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