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Suzuki V-Strom SX vs KTM 250 Journey: specs comparability | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

How does Suzuki’s newly launched journey tourer stack up towards its most direct rival, the KTM 250 Journey, on paper?

Roads are getting more and more tormented by development work, and the frequency of journey tourer launches is on the rise. Coincidence? You resolve. The newest providing available on the market is the Suzuki V-Strom SX, which is a quarter-litre journey tourer primarily based on the 250cc Gixxer fashions. By advantage of its specs and worth, it goes up squarely towards the KTM 250 Journey. Right here’s how the 2 stack up on paper.

Suzuki V-Strom SX vs KTM 250 Journey: engine and gearbox

Engine and gearbox
Suzuki V-Strom SX KTM 250 Journey
Engine 249cc oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine 248.8cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine
Energy 26.5hp at 9300rpm 29.9hp at 9000rpm
Torque 22Nm at 7300rpm 24Nm at 7500rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed

There’s loads in widespread between the 2 engines right here: they each displace nearly precisely 249cc, and get 4-valve heads. There’s little to separate them within the transmission division as nicely, with every getting a 6-speed ‘field and chain drive. However the V-Strom will get an oil-cooled motor whereas the Journey will get full-blown liquid-cooling. There’s a resultant distinction within the output figures as nicely, the place the KTM mill has a slight higher hand when it comes to energy and torque. However it additionally has a couple of additional kilos to drag round, so the actual world efficiency shouldn’t be all that far aside, and you may anticipate these two bikes to be nearly equally fast.

Suzuki V-Strom SX vs KTM 250 Journey: underpinnings

Underpinnings
Suzuki V-Strom SX KTM 250 Journey
Suspension (f) Telescopic fork, 120mm journey Upside-down fork, 170mm journey
Suspension (r) Monoshock Monoshock, 177mm journey
Tyres (f) 100/90-19 100/90-19
Tyres (r) 140/70-17 130/80-17
Brakes (f) Disc 320mm disc
Brakes (r) Disc 230mm disc

That is an space the place the distinction between the 2 bikes grows a bit of. Whereas there are some similarities – each get a 19-inch/17-inch alloy wheel set-up – there are key variations, too. The 250 Journey opts for a KTM-signature trellis perimeter body, whereas the Strom will get a extra primary single-downtube body. The Austrian has an higher hand within the suspension division as nicely. Its 170mm entrance suspension journey is an effective deal greater than the Suzuki’s, and whereas the Japanese producer hasn’t disclosed a rear suspension journey determine, if the entrance is something to go by, then the KTM ought to have a bonus right here as nicely.

These being journey tourers, suspension journey is kind of an essential consideration, and the KTM has a greater shot at delivering extra comfy journey high quality with its higher journey. Throw in the truth that the V-Strom misses out on the power to show off ABS on the rear wheel (which the KTM will get), and the Journey clearly has its nostril forward on this division.

Suzuki V-Strom SX vs KTM 250 Journey: dimensions and weights

Dimensions & weights
Suzuki V-Strom SX KTM 250 Journey
Kerb Weight 167kg 177kg
Wheelbase 1440mm 1430mm
Floor Clearance 205mm 200mm
Seat Top 835mm 855mm
Gasoline Capability 12 litres 14.5 litres

The KTM 250 Journey makes use of the 250 Duke’s primary body, and this turns into an obvious handicap if you see that the 250 Journey affords higher floor clearance regardless of having a decrease seat peak. However sadly, its 12-litre gasoline tank is not any bigger than the Gixxer’s, which means that the KTM ought to have the ability to go longer between gasoline stops with its 14.5-litre tank. At 167kg, the V-Strom is over 10kg heavier than the Gixxer, nevertheless it’s nonetheless 10kg lighter than the KTM, which together with the decrease seat peak, ought to make it a barely extra manageable bike.

Suzuki V-Strom SX vs KTM 250 Journey: worth

At Rs 2.12 lakh, the Suzuki V-Strom SX is over Rs 20,000 extra reasonably priced than the Rs 2.35 lakh KTM 250 Journey. And that is even supposing it will get Bluetooth connectivity which the KTM misses out on. Nonetheless, the KTM does come throughout as a greater all-terrain and long-distance bike, at the least on paper.

So if the aesthetic of an ADV is your major purpose for contemplating these two bikes, then it can save you your self some cash and go for the Suzuki V-Strom SX, which seems to be remarkably just like its bigger 1050 sibling. However if you happen to do intend to go touring, you could be higher off with the KTM.

*all costs ex-showroom, Delhi

 

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