Suzuki 650 V-Strom sold here soon.

Discussion in 'Suzuki Big Bikes Thailand' started by skybluestu, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. skybluestu

    skybluestu Ol'Timer

    Just saw a picture on another forum of a price list from Suzuki Thailand with the 650 V-Strom listed and only 350,000baht! The Versys is due for an upgrade in 2014 but if it doesn't get one this will steal quite a few sales away from Kawasaki.

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  3. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Yep! It's big news on Thai bike forums!

    The little V-strom 650, affectionately called the "Wee-strom" so as to avoid confusion with the V-strom 1000, has always enjoyed positive reviews and is very very similar to the Versys in terms of price and performance.

    Here's a fantastic shoot-out between the Versys and Wee-strom from Motorcyclistonline: om_650/viewall.html

    I quite like their conclusion:

    "In the end, these two middleWeights are perhaps more different than they are similar. The Kawasaki Versys is a poor man’s Ducati Multistrada—an all-day comfortable sportbike in adventurer’s clothing. The Suzuki V-Strom is a working stiff’s BMW GS—a proper adventure-tourer that’s just a set of saddlebags away from circumnavigating the globe. Both are amply supported by the farklemarket for luggage and add-on lights and all the adventure-toury stuff, the Suzuki arguably more so. Which one of these is right for you depends entirely on what you want from a motorcycle.

    Read more: om_650/viewall.html#ixzz2erh3APeK


    And this is, hands down, the best V-strom "review" on the planet!!! :smile1:
  4. mikehohman

    mikehohman Ol'Timer

    The article says: "The V-Strom feels very “put-together” and “sweet,” with nice, neutral handling. It has a dirtbike feel on pavement but feels like a streetbike in the dirt."

    These seems to me to be a bad thing... I would rather have a dirtbike feel on dirt and a streetbike feel on the street. No?
  5. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Very interesting and on that Note Check this Report!

    Seems like the V-Strom is the Most Popular. It also has a 19inch from Wheel so would be Great for Thailand and Laos etc?

    Whitehorse gear have quite a bit of stuff for it!

    And so does Twisted Throttle!

    Can't wait for the Motorshow to see what other Treats are avalible!
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Wow. This does sound like an absolute winner & something I'm interested in.

    That vdo Tony is hilarious - you gotta hand it to the French. Got style there.
  7. Hoghead

    Hoghead Ol'Timer

    with a bit of fiddling that 19" wheel will fit on a versys
    Where is the parts counter
  8. daewoo

    daewoo Ol'Timer

    The 650 V-Strom has been a massive hit in Australia - the 1000 not so much - depite being very close in price to the 650, and most Aussies looking to 1000cc bikes as soon as their licence allows.

    Not sure if the 1000 is less popular because it may be more expensive to register and insure...

    A very solid very solid ride, and outsells the Versys 650 by a big margin here, despite a $1,000 price differential...

    V-Strom DL650A $AU11,090 (328,661.10 THB)
    V-Strom 1000 $Au12,590 (373,114.81 THB)

    Kawasaki Versys 650A $Au9,999 (296,361 THB)
    Versys 1000 ABS $Au $15,999 (474,133.14 THB)
  9. Changnoi1

    Changnoi1 Ol'Timer

    350k? Kawa can stop selling the Versys (320k).
    I assume it is also made in here in LOS?

    Chang Noi
  10. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Huh?? :confused:

    You know what they say about assumptions ;)
  11. Changnoi1

    Changnoi1 Ol'Timer

    At the price list I saw a cash price of 350.000 Thai baht, for Thai standards that is a relatively "low" price for a big bike. That would indicate it is made in Thailand.

    With a "small" price difference (30k) between the Versys and the V-Strom I would buy a V-Strom (if I was not considering the seat-hight) here in Thailand that is.

    Chang Noi
  12. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    I wonder if the chain will be any be any good?
  13. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Reckon with its 19" front wheel the Wee-Strom would be too tall for you and I wonder if you realize that you'll need to ride it to Bangkok every time it needs service?

    Personally I'd love to see if I can make that 19" wheel fit on my Versys, but other than that I can't think of any compelling reason to switch to the slightly heavier and slightly more expensive Wee-Strom.

    The Wee has got a bit more torque but a bit less hp than the Versys. Otherwise the bikes are very very similar.

    If the Wee is manufactured in Thailand then I expect spares will be cheap and readily available, but if it's an import that would be one more reason to favor the Thai-manufactured Versys.
  14. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Bob Staat emailed Suzuki and this is the Reply He got:

    Thank you for your interest in Suzuki Vstrom 650

    We also have website The Pha Daeng Mansion and facebook/vstromclubthailand made by our customer you can also update news about Suzuki Vstrom there.
    Now we display model only 2 color which is White and Gray color for the red we do not have display model. The standard is white one and the option one is gray. For warranty we have 2 years unlimited. The bike will deliver to customer around December 56 and the is booking about 30 bikes already.

    Deposit need 15,000 baht Name and Contact number.
    Tranfer to
    Mr.Teerakit Aroonsakul

    After recevied the deposit I will send the booking documet via your email.

    Thank you
    Mr.Teerakit Aroonsakul
    Sale Executive

    So all sounding pretty good! I am sure they will sell Lots of them and if I didn't have too Many Bikes already I would definitely be interested! Bob also sent a couple of Pictures that I will post later.
  15. Hoghead

    Hoghead Ol'Timer

    I know that the 1000 V Strom front wheel will fit on the Versys with a bit of work and reducing the rotor diameter
    I looked into this a bit more and the 1000 and 650 front wheels are different, so no hope in getting a local (hopefully cheap) 19" front wheel
  16. chiangsaen.peter

    chiangsaen.peter Ol'Timer

    Any chance to see a v-strom 650 in chiang mai?
    Planning to sell my ATwin soon.
  17. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Suzuki are in the Process of setting up Nationwide Big Bike Sales and Service Centres. I believe they hope to be in action early next year? They are Selling in Bangkok now and to My knowledge in Chiang Mai Nat from Piston Shop has already Sold 3 or More of the New 650 V-Strom from His shop. He must be acting as an Agent until Suzuki get sorted I guess? They should be a Great Bike for this region! Aussie Gray D has done over 65.000 kms on His over the last few Years and No Problems besides the odd accident so Reliability seems Top Notch! And He has done a lot of Mileage in Laos where the Roads are less than perfect so the Bike takes a bit of a Beating!
  18. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    As Ian reported earlier, deliveries began in December and they've sold over 30 so far. New Year shot from a mate-
  19. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    For the guys in Chaing Mai, I understand that Nat at Piston Shop has sold a few, after ordering from Bangkok. So if you're serious about buying one go talk to Nat at Piston Shop.
    Gary D on this forum also has one from Oz that he has been riding for "yonks," maybe he will post a photo or two &/or give some info - tips on his bike.
  20. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    For rent now in Chiang Mai with Pop Motorcycle.


    Pop says he has ordered 30 bikes.
    Saha Phanich is the appointed Suzuki Big Dealer & should soon have the bikes for sale in Chiang Mai.
    But for the time being if you want to rent one go see Pop.
  21. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Saha Panich in Chiang Mai.
    Suzuki Big Bikes now on sale




    Get your V-Stroms here!



    + Burgmans


    & whatever takes your fancy


    And the contact details

  22. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Ooops just seen this USA Vstrom 650 recall

  23. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    All clear in Thailand

  24. CraigBKK

    CraigBKK Ol'Timer

    The Thai reply would indicate that the bikes sold in Thailand are manufactured in Japan and not in Thailand as was earlier suggested. This makes the price of the bike even more reasonable.
  25. Poompui

    Poompui Ol'Timer

    Got permission from the missus to buy a new bike here in Chiang Mai...went to Suzuki Big Bike on Chotana road,told the salesman (Tony) I wanted to order/buy a 650 VStrom in grey,he took my name and number and said he will call me back after he checked the phone call.
    So I bought a second hand Versys.
  26. CraigBKK

    CraigBKK Ol'Timer

    Sounds like you needed to buy there and then before she-in-doors changed her mind! :p

    Hope you get out on the Versys soon and enjoy your riding!

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