In the quarter-litre class, it appears as if the adventure bike cum touring segment is getting a lot of attention from the major manufacturers, with Suzuki launching the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 in the UK at a price of 4,599 pounds sterling (RM25,665). Designed for the commuting and light-touring segment, the V-Strom 250 is also targeted at fresh license holders.

Carrying a liquid-cooled SOHC parallel twin displacing 248 cc, the V-Strom did not come with any power figures published, but we would hazard a guess at about 32 hp and 24 Nm of torque, figures similar to the other contender in its class, the Kawasaki Versys-X 250. The twin-pot power plant is fed by EFI, and power goes through a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

Suspension on the V-Strom 250 is conventional, with the traditional telescopic fork up front and a monoshock propping up the rear end, adjustable for pre-load. Fuel is carried inside a dual-purpose styled large tank with a capacity of 17.4-litres, theoretically giving the baby Strom a range of over 500 km, and a range of official accessories is available, including panniers and top box.

The V-Strom 250 rolls on 10-spoke alloy wheels shod with IRC tyres using 17-inch hoops at the front and rear, indicating that this machine is biased rather more towards road use. Inside the cockpit is a multi-function monochrome LCD screen displaying all the necessary information, while a round halogen headlight lights the way ahead and an LED tail light does duty at the back.

Braking is done with single hydraulic discs on each wheel, the front wheel carrying a dual-piston calliper, and the V-Strom 250 comes in both ABS and non-ABS versions. Weight for this quarter-litre adventure machine is claimed to be 186 kg for the non-ABS version, while the ABS-equipped V-Strom 250 weighs 2 kg more at 188 kg with seat height set at a rider-frienly 800 mm.

There are three colour choices for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 – Solid Dazzling Cool Yellow, Metallic Diamond Red and Pearl Nebular Black – and Suzuki UK showrooms are expected to take delivery in October. In Malaysia, the closest competition to the Suzuki V-Strom 250 is the Kawasaki Versys-X 250 at RM23,789 and the KTNS 3 at approximately RM13,000.