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    Suzuki V-Strom XT. The baby Strom XT is a well-priced machine with a solid motor, outstanding mpg and new adventure clothes for mucking about in the dirt.

    Suzuki's original “Beak” style has been further emphasized by making it a straight Unique to the V-Strom XT ABS are the knuckle covers to support harsh.

    I want this car for Test Drive. It basically increases the idling speed of the engine when engaging the clutch or when you ride at low RPMs, making it easy not to stall the engine, whether crawling through traffic or manoeuvring broken roads and the like. Unique to the V-Strom XT ABS are the knuckle covers to support harsh condition riding, and the engine under cowling to give the rider that extra adventure feel, both as standard equipment. Depending on who my pillion is, I take varying degrees of care with their comfort.

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    For the mango-biker the stretch from the sensible singles to the gallant multi-cylinder ADVs has been a gaping abyss. But to get truly adventurous, the ticket would have to rise to well over Rs 12 lakh. For a couple of reasons, yes. It is quirky, like any adventure bike worth its salt is expected to be. Like on other Suzukis the distinctiveness is courtesy the vertically stacked layout for the headlights.

    Look at the large turn indicators and it seems Suzuki was maybe going for an old-school effect after all. However, this third-generation V-Strom has seen design refinements to improve its slickness, and in this yellow colour we are willing to overlook its, erm, quirkiness. In white, the second colour on offer, the rims are finished in black.

    Apart from the handsomely stickered tank and few plastic shrouds, the V-Strom is light on panels. As it should be.

    But the other reason the V-Strom makes a mark is that it feels substantial, like a big bike should. The V-Strom asks for an eighty thousand rupees premium over the Kawasaki Versys , but offers great value in return.

    In the thick of it all the plastic engine guard is capable of tackling light bumps and bangs, as will the knuckle protectors. A 12v charging socket is standard and will help keep your GPS device juiced up to find your way back. Nestled next to that is an analogue rev counter and digital readouts that display average and real-time fuel consumption, range, air temperature and the traction control setting.

    But there are some misses too: Suzuki is offering five accessories in India, four of which were fitted on our test bikes. The most obvious of these is the litre top box. This plastic case has a couple of cool tricks: It can pack in two full-face helmets and allows you to detach it from the bike with just the press of a button. The test bikes also sported a main stand, partial chain guard and crash protectors.

    Bundled together, these cost Rs 77, rupees, versus Rs 89, if bought separately says Suzuki. This is a must-have for shorter riders because at kg the V-Strom is only 12kg lighter than the V-Strom Suzuki is also working on other accessories like a metal bash plate for the engine, which will be a must-have if you intend to go off-road a lot. Not for off-road then, huh? But the Suzuki has some limitations: For instance, the mm travel on the front suspension is quite limited by adventure bike standards, with even the Himalayan offering mm of travel.

    The absence of serrated edges for the footpegs will be missed when you get into slushy stuff. Standing up on the pegs feels natural and intuitive as your legs hug the slim waist. So you can off-road with some care, but you can rough-road with abandon! Is it a highway trooper? Yes, it is, and how! Be it the city or the highway the cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine is willing to pull forward without clawing for a downshift. From rpm to the near,rpm redline the V-Strom sweeps forward relentlessly.

    Such is the torque from this engine that you can get going from as low as 30kmph in 5th gear without a fuss. The engine is smooth but has a pulse that makes it feel characterful, and not in the least bit annoying. Sure, if you decide to make a mad dash for it you will feel a buzz from pegs and seat after the rpm mark. You really could spend all day at kmph with the engine spinning at a smooth rpm in top gear, demanding stops only to refuel. But with a litre fuel tank and indicated fuel efficiency hovering in the mid 20s the V-Strom will demand these stops sparingly.

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