Adding € 1,700 of accessories for a cost of only € 200 is apparently possible in 2023.
It’s late February, 2023, and the weather is starting to warm up across the northern hemisphere. What better time for Suzuki Italia to announce the release of a newly tricked-out V-Strom 650 variant? The V-Strom 650 Explorer packs a number of OEM accessories designed to exactly fit your V-Storm 650, straight from the factory.
Designed to make it easier for you to hop on and go, the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Explorer package comes standard with a center stand, crash bars, a touring windscreen, and color-matched hard panniers to carry your necessities with ease. The Explorer package, incidentally, is available on both standard V-Strom 650 and also on the V-Strom 650XT (which comes with spoked wheels).
The V-Strom 650 is powered by a 645cc V-twin engine, which complies with Euro 5 standards. It makes a claimed 70.72 horsepower at 8,800 rpm, in addition to 62 newton-meters (about 45.7 pound-feet) of torque at 6,300 rpm. It packs a 20-liter fuel tank, and the stock seat height is 835mm (or about 32.874 inches).
The V-Strom 650 Explorer comes in three colors in 2023: blue, white, and black. Meanwhile, if you opt for the V-Strom 650XT Explorer instead, you can also get it in yellow. Pricing starts at € 9,140 (about $9,645) for the V-Strom 650 Explorer, including VAT. Opt to purchase the V-Strom 650XT Explorer instead, and pricing starts at € 9,690 (about $10,225) for that version.
How do those prices stack up against the V-Strom 650 and 650XT without the Explorer package added on? The total accessories package amounts to about € 1,700 (about $1,794) worth of stuff. Considering that the price of the base V-Strom 650 is € 8,940 (about $9,434), and the V-Strom 650XT starts at € 9,490 (about $10,013), it appears that the house of Hamamatsu is only asking about € 200 (or approximately $211) for the Explorer package on each bike.
With value like that, it’s difficult to think of a good reason not to treat yourself, especially if you were already thinking of buying a new V-Strom 650 anyway. Even if you end up leaving the panniers at home, you’ll have them for the next trip you take—and maybe that access will convince you to take a nice bike trip sooner rather than later.
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Source: Suzuki Italia