Suzuki has today launched its 2021 V-Strom 650XT middleweight adventure bike range, carrying over from the outgoing model albeit with new colour schemes and accessories.

The bike is available in both learner-approved and full-power guises, with each priced from $13,490 rideaway.

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT 2021

While Suzuki has taken a conservative approach to model updates in recent years, INFO MOTO‘s recent social media poll found that the V-Strom’s reputation of reliability and simplicity makes it one of the most popular in its segment among readers, despite its ageing platform.

INFO MOTO asked readers on social media which motorcycle they would choose to take around Australia, out of the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, KTM 790 Adventure, Yamaha Tenere 700 and BMW F 750 GS.

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT 2021

“So, you’ve got about $20k to spend on a new bike and a trip around Australia,” posed INFO MOTO. “Which of these popular middleweight adventure bikes are you taking?”

A strong case was made for each middleweight adventure bike, which are loosely positioned in the same category, however, the least-expensive and arguably least advanced V-Strom was the common choice.

“For a big trip like that? V-Strom. Boring but predicable and would crush highway miles,” explained reader Paul Driver.

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT 2021

For 2021, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is available in three new colour schemes, Metallic Oort Grey, Pearly Brilliant White and Candy Daring Red.

Like its bigger sibling, the V-Strom 1050XT,  the 650XT is now available with a Voyager Pack that adds a set of aluminium luggage for an extra $2599 plus fitting.

Specifically, the Voyager Pack includes a 38-litre top box, two 37-litre quick-release, waterproof side cases and all necessary mounting hardware.

V-Strom 650 dash

As before, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is powered by a 645cc V-twin delivering 52kW and 62Nm, or down to 35kW in LAMS trim.

Notable features include a two-mode traction control system, wire-spoked wheels, hand guards, an analogue dash with a small digital screen and a 12-volt DC outlet.

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