Suzuki V-Strom 160 Patent Image Out
Suzuki is developing a 160cc adventure motorcycle, the basis of the new V-Strom 160, together with its Chinese partner Haojue. This at least can be inferred by the motorcycle design, after looking at the newly leaked patent images.
The motorcycle of the image appears to be inspired by the legendary Suzuki DR Big Motorcycle and has taken design signals from Suzuki V-Strom 1050.
The prominent front beak looks like the big Suzuki V-Strom, but most probably the stacked vertical headlamp is an all-LED unit. Indicators and tail light are also expected to be LEDs.
Given the application of the motorcycle, there is a large windscreen over the headlamp. A highly mounted handlebar with integrated handguards is another remarkable design features. Also expect a complete, today-standard digital instrument cluster.
If you see the tank of beef from the side, it is well-integrated. The single-piece stepped seat is large and spacious and should be ergonomic enough for long roads.
With an integrated baggage carrier moving back to the sleek tail with a large pick-up handle. In terms of baggage, there are slots under the rear seats that can be seen to attach baggage.
It is hard to point out the exact sizes of the wheel at this point. The bike rides multi-speed alloy wheels, indicating its route oriented setup. Notice also the wheel-spoke assembled disc a la Honda CB 300R. A single-channel ABS is supposed to be available on the bike.
In the case of suspension, a basic telescopic fork and a rear monoshock set-up will be expected.
The engine is taken out of the Haojue DR160S, which is sold in Chinese, which is obvious when the engine architecture is compared. And to be clear, the Gixxer 150 sold in India has nothing to do with this motorcycle.
The Haojue 162cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine produces around 15hp at 8000rpm and 14Nm at 6500rpm peak torque. In the V-Strom of the 160cc, these figures should remain the same. That said, seeing the kind of gears that are going to be used will be interesting.
Suzuki can sell the Suzuki V-Strom 160 in China, and place it above the Haojue model if it is produced by this motorcycle. In a few markets outside China, it can also introduce Suzuki V-Strom 160. The motorcycle’s odds with India, however, are dim.
However, it will be interesting to see whether Suzuki India is exploring the way to develop a 250cc V-VDAV for India using this baby V-Strom platform. Ideal to control costs would be the use of the current Suzuki Gixxer 250 engine, which produces 26.5 hp at 9,300 rpm and 22,2Nm of the torque at 7,300 rpm.
At present, with the impressive BS6 HeroXpulse 200 and the KTM 250 Adventure that will soon be started the 200cc-250cc segment is a lot of action. A slice of this pastry, Suzuki sure would like.