The Suzuki V-strom 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.
The ‘Wee’ may be one of the best middleweight motorbikes ever produced. Economical on gas mileage at around 4.4ltr/100 km (50 – 60 mpg o), a large capacity tank and solid frame make this dualsport a ideal choice for New Zealand conditions.
If covering great distances is your thing then the DL650’s remarkable reliability, middleweight, fuel economy, mule-like carrying capabilities and comfort, will win you over. Combine the V-Stroms off road capabilities with it’s impressive road performance and you have a rental motorbike which is difficult to walk past.
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. Now with a laminar lip and new screen mounts for super smooth airflow.
|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||790 mm (31 in) ± 15 mm (0.59 in)|