The Suzuki DL650 (often known as the “Wee”) is more than capable of handling anything you’re likely to encounter on your New Zealand tour. They’re built rugged, reliable and with a range in excess of 400km are ideally suited to long days in the saddle. If covering great distances is your thing, or you just want to cruise on gently, then the DL650’s remarkable reliability, middleweight, fuel economy, mule-like carrying capabilities and comfort, will win you over. Not wanting to start a ‘which bike is best’ war but fair to say we’ve had Harley riders convert to V-Stroms after riding them….
These motorcycle pack a big punch for a 650cc machine, acceleration is smooth through the rev range with power pouring in as the engine speed increases. Excellent braking, excellent handling, excellent, excellent excellent.
|Engine Type||645 cc, 90-degree V-twin, wet sump|
|Valve Configuration||Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valver per cylinder|
|Power||66 bhp (49kw) @ 8,800rpm|
|Torque||60.3 Nm (44.5 lb·ft) @ 6,400 rpm|
|Number Of Speeds||6|
|Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)||Chain|
|Front Tire (Full Spec)||110/80R – 19 radial front|
|Rear Tire (Full Spec)||150/70R – 17 radial rear|
|Front Brake Type||dual 310 mm discs with twin-piston calipers|
|Rear Brakee Type||260mm disc with single-piston caliper|
|Wheelbase (in/mm)||1,555 mm (61.2 in)|
|Fuel Capacity (litre)||21 litres|
|Weight||220kg – ready to ride|
|Seat Height||770 mm|