We’re somewhat amazed by the price spread—or lack thereof—
between dirt bikes and street bikes.
The standard Suzuki V-Strom 650 is
a V-twin with incredible complexity
and carries a price of $8299. The
Suzuki RM-Z450 is $8399. The RM-Z
is pretty amazing in its own right, but
it just seems that street guys get a
lot more stuff for their money.
In the adventure bike world, prices
range from $6299 for the Kawasaki
KLR650 to $18,350 for the BMW
R1200GS Adventure. In terms of
price, the bike most closely matched
to the Suzuki V-Strom is the BMW
G650GS Sertao that we tested in the
April issue ($8650). Our Suzuki was
the adventure model, which has
$1500 worth of accessories bolted
on, and with saddlebags, the BMW’s
total comes out virtually the same.
Here’s how the two compare.
ADVENTURE A GOGO
SUZUKI V-STROM &
The most significant difference between the
two bikes is the weight. The Suzuki is almost
100 pounds heavier.