While KTM 250 Adventure offers the best performance, the Suzuki V-Strom SX offers the best equipment at the lowest price
The entry-level adventure motorcycle segment has boomed in recent times with many manufacturers introducing exciting new products in this category. The latest is the Suzuki V-Strom, the brand’s entry-level ADV under the V-Strom 650. It pits itself against other 250cc adventure tourers such as KTM 250 Adventure and Benelli TRK 251.
Aside from the displacement of their engines, all three bikes have many similarities and should be compared. Let’s see how the latest entrant stacks up against its established rivals in terms of specs, features and price, at least on paper.
Suzuki V Strom SX vs KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251 – Dimensions
Starting with its dimensions, the V-Strom SX at 167kg is about 10 pounds lighter than its KTM counterpart. However, the TRK 251 is the lightest in this space with an empty weight of 165 kg. Suzuki surpasses others in ground clearance by 205mm. Benelli offers the most accessible 800mm saddle compared to KTM and Suzuki with seat heights of 855mm and 835mm respectively.
V-Strom also surpasses others in length, height and wheelbase. KM is the widest of the lot at 900 mm. On the other hand, Benelli gets a class-leading fuel tank capacity of 18 liters. In comparison: V-Strom only gets a 12 liter tank.
Suzuki is the clear winner here with a lot of bells and whistles at its disposal. All three bikes share common features such as LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, a digital instrument console and two-channel ABS. However, Suzuki nails it with features like mobile app connectivity, built-in navigation, LED headlight and a Bluetooth charging port.
In terms of hardware, the KTM 250 Adventure gets the best gear with upside-down forks and mono-shock rear, both coming from WP Apex. All three bikes have single disc brakes on both ends, although the size of the rotors on V-Strom has not yet been specified by Suzuki. While KTM and Suzuki ride a larger 19-inch alloy up front, Benelli makes do with a 17-inch unit.
Engine specifications and price
All three motorcycles are powered by a single-cylinder engine with an almost exact displacement of 249 cc. While Suzuki and Benelli are air/oil cooled engines, KTM is a liquid cooled mill and therefore produces the maximum horsepower of the three models. TRK 251 and V-Strom SX are closely matched in terms of output figures. All three bikes are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Suzuki V-Strom SX is clearly the most affordable bike at Rs 2.11 lakh (ex-showroom) in this category and by a reasonable margin. It is followed by KTM and Benelli with respective prices of Rs 2.35 lakh and Rs 2.59 lakh (both ex-showroom).