Official photographs and details of the updated 2012 Suzuki V-Strom have emerged as the Japanese manufacturer continues its prolonged teaser campaign to hype its “New Middle-Class Motorcycle”.

Indeed, the latest teaser is expected later today but images and specifications on the updated Wee-Strom have emerged from Suzuki’s global site.

The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 will again be powered by a SV650-derived 90-degree V-Twin engine with a displacement of 645cc. The compression ratio however is now 11.5:1 instead of the 2011 version’s 11.2:1 ratio.

The radiator is new and more compact with a Suzuki-patented wind-directing air intake to improve cooling while the new side vents, in place of the old V-Strom’s side body panels, are designed to direct hot air away from the legs. Those side vents also present the most noticeable visible difference for the new V-Strom.

With a claimed curb weight of 472 pounds, the new 2012 V-Strom 650 is lighter than the 2011 version. The seat is a bit higher at 32.9 inches (versus 32.3 inches) and the fuel tank is smaller, holding 5.3 gallons of fuel compared to 5.8 gallons on the old V-Strom.

The suspension system appears similar to that on the old version, with a spring-preload adjustable 43mm fork and rebound adjustable link-type rear. ABS will be standard issue on the V-Strom (Suzuki dropped the non-ABS version in 2011) with dual 310mm discs up front and a 260mm disc at the rear, similar to the 2011 version.

The instrument panel is new, with a brightness-adjustable LCD displaying the speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, gear position, coolant and ambient temperature, fuel information and clock. Other features include a three-way adjustable wind screen and 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.

The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 will be available in three colors: Pearl Mirage White, Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Fox Orange.

[Source: Suzuki via Asphalt and Rubber]

  • Looks like a 2006 Ducati Multistrada- not necessarily a bad thing…excited to see the Husky version…

  • donny

    Don’t see the new v-strom any more off road capable as compared to the current versions.

  • It’s a great bike, but it seems that Suzuki didn’t learn the lesson… What about a really trail version, with spoke wheels????

  • Minor update of the actual base engine is the Suzuki
    SV650 and Suzuki Gladius

  • Brendan Russell

    Suzuki has really let us down with two lame replacements for the SV 650. The Gladius is too disco looking and the V Strom looks like a cop bike. The thing that made the SV naked so cool was the the LACK of unneccesary plastic cosmetic parts. Well, that and the great motor. Which leads me to my next point- why make the Gladius a 650 anyway? Isn’t it supposed to be the bike Suzuki aimed at female riders? Wasn’t it a better fit for women as a 500cc? And the V Strom is just a sorry waste of the great SV motor. You could slap an air cooled single (like the S40 motor) in that bike, the rider who buys a V Strom wouldn’t know the difference. They are the types who buy expensive rainsuits, luggage boxes, gizmos and all that other crap elderly people put on their motorcycles. So there it is, ladies and gentlemen, the 2012 V Strom is a Shriner Bike.