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Rider Comparo: Honda NC700X vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS and the Honda NC700X.

Bill Stermer
November 6, 2012

Mid-size bikes make a lot of sense. Not only because they tend to be less expensive and lighter, but also because they have become so competent. Considering competence, this trio of liquid-cooled, 650cc-class twins each has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and some gravel-road pretensions (though... Read more »

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test

2012 Suzuki V-Strom left side action

Greg Drevenstedt
January 13, 2012

Remember the SV650? When it debuted in 1999, Suzuki’s small-fry naked bike wowed the press and public alike despite having modest power, budget components and no wind protection. Why? The SV650 had that special something not all bikes have. It can’t be bolted on and it doesn’t show up in spec charts.... Read more »

Suzuki GSX-R750: The First Generation 1986-1987

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750H. Owner: Gabe Carrillo, Downey, California.

Clement Salvadori
December 1, 2009

In the mid-1980s the Japanese got deadly serious about their sportbikes. When the 750cc size became the competition class of choice, everybody piled in, with Interceptors, Ninjas, FZs…and Gixxers, the first generation of GSX-R750 models, which have continued to this day, except that what cost $4,499... Read more »

Retrospective: Suzuki GT185 Adventurer: 1973-1977

1973 Suzuki GT185 Adventurer.

Clement Salvadori
December 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article was published in the December 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY and photography BY CLEMENT SALVADORI Get on this little Adventurer, turn on the gas, flip the choke, push the button, and that cheerful two-stroke burble comes out the well-muffled exhaust. Cruise down the suburban... Read more »

2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S Road Test

This big, powerful four-cylinder roadburner has always been a favorite of OURS, a sporty standard-style bike with fairing, and it’s sized for adults.

Bill Stermer
July 3, 2007

When an existing motorcycle model is revamped, I hold my breath. Who will win in the corporate tug of war: The bean counters or the moto enthusiasts? How will they “improve” it? How much higher will that “new and improved” price be? For these reasons I was concerned when I heard... Read more »

2006 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Rider Test

I immediately had the impression that this baby could kick the sorry behind of most other stock bikes in terms of torque and power, yet out in the twisties it was also a hoot.

Bill Stermer
June 1, 2006

About a year ago I rode one of those big V-twins made by a low-volume alternative or “clone” manufacturer, a 100-incher with about 100 horsepower, torque like an earthmover and a rear tire wider than the ones on my van. At idle it would sit there going rump-rump-rump, and you could feel the pulses... Read more »

V-Strom vs. V-Strom: DL1000 vs. DL650

Guerrero Negro, a company town dedicated to processing sea salt, was founded in 1954.

Clement Salvadori
July 1, 2005

When the Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom came out in 2002, this magazine anointed it Bike of the Year—an excellent choice. Two years later the DL650 V-Strom appears, and therein lies this little comparo. Two models, the only significant difference being the displacements. Both of these engines are liquid-cooled,... Read more »

Long-Term ’Strom: 15,000 Miles on Suzuki’s Adventure Tourer

Jerry Smith
July 1, 2005

It only took sitting on it to decide I wanted one. In a market saturated with bikes with punitive ergonomics, or blinding acres of chrome, or pavement-buckling weight, the V-Strom reminded me of the motorcycles I grew up on—light, narrow bikes with tubular handlebars and sit-up riding positions, and... Read more »

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