The Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 is the shock launch within the quarter-litre sport-tourer phase and we evaluate the brand new providing towards its rivals, the KTM 250 Adventure and the Benelli TRK 251.
Indian roads are fairly like off-road trails with out the enjoyable. Be it in city areas or a city nonetheless climbing the ropes of improvement. No marvel then producers are launching journey sport-tourers, particularly within the mass-market area to fight dangerous roads with higher experience high quality, adventure-ish design, and an engine developed for the city surroundings. The newly launched Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 is the newest entrant on this area and the shock launch is grabbing a number of consideration. But how does it compete towards current choices within the quarter-litre phase – KTM 250 Adventure and the Benelli TRK 251? Let’s check out how these bikes evaluate towards one another on paper.
The Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 is predicated on the usual Gixxer 250 and borrows fairly just a few bits together with the 12-litre gasoline tank. The body too is borrowed from the Gixxer however the subframe and swingarm are all-new on the motorbike. Compared to the Gixxer 250, the V-Strom SX will get an extended wheelbase by 100 mm whereas the bottom clearance is a beneficiant 205 mm and the seat peak greater at 835 mm.
|Motorcycle||Suzuki V-Strom SX||KTM 250 Adventure||Benelli TRK 251|
|Length||2180 mm||2154 mm||2070 mm|
|Width||880 mm||900 mm||840 mm|
|Height||1355 mm||1263 mm||1300 mm|
|Wheelbase||1440 mm||1430 mm||1390 mm|
|Kerb Weight||167 kg||177 kg||164 kg (Dry)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12 Litres||14.5 Litres||18 Litres|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm||200 mm||170 mm|
|Seat Height||835 mm||855 mm||800 mm|
Also Read: KTM 250 Adventure Review: Take It Easy
In distinction, the KTM 250 Adventure makes use of the 250 Duke’s trellis body with a distinct subframe. The bike will get a better seat peak at 855 mm, a superb 20 mm greater than the V-Strom SX whereas the gasoline tank is bigger at 14.5 litres. The floor clearance stands at 200 mm, whereas the wheelbase is shorter by 10 mm. The KTM 250 Adventure can be the heavier motorbike right here at 177 kg (kerb) as towards the Suzuki’s 167 kg kerb weight.
When it involves weighing up towards rivals, the Benelli TRK 251 is the heaviest motorbike with an unladen weight of 164 kg. This ought to put the kerb weight round 185 kg. However, the extra weight comes from the considerably bigger 18-litre gasoline tank. The TRK 251 although will get the bottom seat peak right here at 800 mm however it additionally will get the least floor clearance at 170 mm. The wheelbase too is shorter at 1390 mm.
All three engines get an similar setup with a 249 cc four-valve motor in place, paired with a 6-speed transmission. The large distinction is oil cooling on the Suzuki V-Strom SX as towards the liquid-cooled engine on the TRK 251 and the 250 Adventure. The distinction can be seen when it comes to energy output. The V-Strom makes do with 26 bhp and 22 Nm, whereas the KTM is extra performance-oriented with 29 bhp and 24 Nm on provide.
|Specifications||Suzuki V-Strom SX||KTM 250 Adventure||Benelli TRK 251|
|Displacement||249 cc oil-cooled||248.8 cc liquid-cooled||249 cc liquid-cooled|
|Max Power||26 bhp @ 9300 rpm||29 bhp @ 9000 rpm||25 bhp @ 9250 rpm|
|Peak Torque||22 Nm @ 7300 rpm||24 Nm @ 7500 rpm||21.1 Nm @ 8000 rpm|
The Benelli TRK 251 belts out 25 bhp and 21.1 Nm, making it the least powered providing on this comparability. In real-world efficiency, the Suzuki and KTM ought to come shut with the latter having a sure benefit, whereas the Benelli is probably going going to be a lot slower as compared. Something, we do plan to check out after we experience these bikes.
Also Read: Suzuki V-Strom SX: All You Need To Know
Suspension & Brakes
|Cycle Parts||Suzuki V-Strom SX||KTM 250 Adventure||Benelli TRK 251|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic Forks, 120 mm journey||USD Forks, 170 mm journey||Telescopic Forks, 135 mm journey|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock||Monoshock, 177 mm journey||Monoshock, 51 mm journey|
|Brakes||Discs with ABS||320 mm Disc (F), 230 mm Disc (R)||280 mm Disc (F), 240 mm Disc (R)|
|Tyres||19-inch (F), 17-inch (R)||19-inch (F), 17-inch (R)||17-inch (Front & Rear)|
The Suzuki V-Strom SX is a sports activities journey tourer however firmly constructed for metropolis rides and the occasional weekend tour. If you’re looking at a correct journey motorbike, the Hero XPulse 200 4V, Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Yezdi Adventure are the higher picks. That’s as a result of the Suzuki will get a road-biased suspension. The telescopic entrance forks include 120 mm of journey. The KTM manages to do higher with 170 mm of journey from its USD entrance forks, whereas the Benelli TRK 251 sits within the center with 135 mm of journey from the telescopic forks. The V-Strom SX and 250 Adventure experience on 19-inch entrance and 17-inch rear alloy wheels. The TRK 251 makes use of 17-inch alloys at both finish. Concerning brakes, all three bikes get disc brakes with dual-channel ABS however solely the KTM will get the power to show ABS for the rear wheel, making it extra off-road biased than its rivals.
|Price||Suzuki V-Strom SX||KTM 250 Adventure||Benelli TRK 251|
|Ex-Showroom||₹ 2.12 Lakh||₹ 2.35 Lakh||₹ 2.64 Lakh|
The Suzuki V-Strom is priced at ₹ 2.12 lakh, which makes it about ₹ 20,000 extra inexpensive than the KTM 250 Adventure priced at ₹ 2.35 lakh. The Benelli TRK 251 is the costliest right here at ₹ 2.64 lakh (all costs, ex-showroom), which makes it a superb ₹ 52,000 pricier than the Suzuki. For these an journey sport-tourer, the V-Strom SX 250 retains the perfect worth whereas the 250 Adventure guarantees the perfect of each worlds at a slight premium. It’s tough to justify the premium on the TRK 251. Read our detailed worth comparability right here.