Suzuki’s V-Strom dual-purpose motorcycles, which last got an update in 2014, have now been revised for the 2017 season. The range is now rationalised into the V-Strom 1000 and 650, and both bikes get ‘XT’ suffixes to denote the more off-road oriented machines.

As Suzuki’s top-end dual-purpose sports-touring machine, the V-Strom 1000 comes with a 1,037 cc, DOHC 90-degree V-twin that is fed by EFI with Suzuki Dual-Throttle Valves (SDTV). There are two versions – the base model V-Strom 1000 which comes with alloy wheels and road-biased suspension, and the XT version with spoke wheels and a taller ride height.

Traction control is now available for the V-Strom 1000, along with a five-axis IMU and combined braking – which links the rear brake and one of the front brakes when the brakes are actuated. Twin catalytic convertors in the exhaust allow the engine to be Euro 4 compliant.

More changes have been made to the V-Strom 650, which has new 10-point injectors feeding the 645 cc V-twin with SDTV on new 39 mm throttle bodies. Twin-spark cylinder heads improve combustion efficiency, while improving throttle response.

The smaller V-Strom also gets its bigger sibling’s traction control, with three modes – mode one for good grip conditions, mode two for wet surfaces and off. A new LCD instrument panel and stacked headlight – like the GSX-R1000 – complete the major changes for 2017.

There is an XT version of the Suzuki V-Strom 650, which comes with spoked wheels and slightly taller suspension. Braking, with ABS, is done by Nissin two-piston calipers in front and a single-piston caliper at the back.

In Malaysia, the 2016 Suzuki V-Strom retails for RM74,500 excluding GST. For the smaller V-Strom, the 650A goes for RM40,500 while the XT version can be had for RM42,350. Both prices exclude GST.