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The New 2017 DL250 V-Strom Is Suzuki's Entry-Level ADV Contender

And another little one for the dust


Literally overnight, the list of entry-level ADV options has exploded, making the entry-level ADV space a hotly contested one for 2017. The Suzuki DL250 V-Strom is the Hamamatsu company’s offering.

Looking past its ADV appearance, the DL250 shares its engine and frame with the GW250, its 248cc parallel-twin engine producing an identical 24.7 hp and 17.25 lb.-ft of torque.

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Suzuki claims the engine has been optimized for better low- and mid-range torque, but as of now, there's no specs or dyno charts to show exactly how the power curves differ.

Range is supposed to touch 300 miles on a single tank.

You may notice that the rubber seems road-biased rubber and figured that would hurt the Wee-Strom's dirt credibility. But, there also appears to be very little in the way of suspension or brake changes over the GW250, too. So maybe you weren't going in the dirt anyway.

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom studio 3/4 view

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom.

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom cockpit view

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom.

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And that's fine; On-road accessibility is the killer app of the ABS-equipped DL250, not off-road shredability.

Weighing in at around 418 pounds, and with a seat height of 31 inches, the DL250 V-Strom should be extremely easy to swing a leg over. And Suzuki has mentioned that its ergonomics have been set up for all day comfort as well.

It does have a bash plate and pannier mounts though, because even if you’re small, you still gotta farkle in the ADV scene.

This upcoming year is looking to be a wee-ADV free-for-all, and I’m definitely looking forward to how the DL250 V-Strom will shape up.

No word on U.S, availability just yet, but here's to hoping we get to at least stack one up against the new Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and BMW G 310 GS.

It does have a bash plate and pannier mounts though, because even if you’re small, you still gotta farkle in the ADV scene.

This upcoming year is looking to be a wee-ADV free-for-all, and I’m definitely looking forward to how the DL250 V-Strom will shape up.

No word on U.S, availability just yet, but here's to hoping we get to at least stack one up against the new Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and BMW G 310 GS.

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom rear view

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom.

Courtesy of Suzuki

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom studio side view

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom.

Courtesy of Suzuki

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom studio side view

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom.

Courtesy of Suzuki

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

Jeff Allen

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

Jeff Allen

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

Jeff Allen

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

Jeff Allen

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

2017 Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

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