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Suzuki’s New ADV Compared With The Austrian Terrain Tamer

Here’s how the newly launched Suzuki V-Strom SX fares against the KTM 250 Adventure in terms of specifications

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Suzuki has entered the quarter-litre ADV space with the V-Strom SX. The motorcycle goes head-to-head against the KTM 250 Adventure. Before you take out your cheque to buy either of them, here’s how they stack up in terms of specifications:



Suzuki V-Strom SX

KTM 250 Adventure


249cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine

248.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine


26.5PS @ 9300rpm

30PS @ 9000rpm


22.2Nm @ 7300rpm

24Nm @ 7500rpm




Even though the two ADVs are powered by a quarter-litre engine, the engine construction is quite different. Suzuki has employed a unique oil-cooling system in its powerplant, and this heart is the same as the one in the Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. It is still a fairly mellow engine compared to the 250 Adventure’s performance-oriented heart. Though the V-Strom is less powerful, it has the advantage of having a ten kilo lighter kerb weight, at 167kg.



Suzuki V-Strom SX

KTM 250 Adventure


Single downtube frame with engine as stressed member

Trellis frame

Front suspension

Telescopic fork with 120mm stroke

43mm WP Apex inverted fork

Rear suspension

7-step preload adjustable monoshock

WP Apex monoshock, 177mm travel

Front brake

Disc with axial caliper, ABS

320mm front disc with radial calliper, ABS

Rear brake

Disc with ABS

230mm disc, ABS

Front tyre



Rear tyre



The KTM 250 Adventure comes with a more sophisticated inverted front fork, whereas the Suzuki V-Strom 250 uses a cost-effective telescopic unit. It also uses a more advanced radial caliper which should offer better braking performance, at least theoretically, compared to the axial one. Both bikes get dual-channel ABS as standard, but the one in the 250 Adventure has off-road mode that deactivates the rear ABS for some sideways fun. On the other hand, the slightly fatter rear rubber in the Suzuki V-Strom 250 should instil better cornering confidence. 



Suzuki V-Strom SX

KTM 250 Adventure




Ground clearance



Fuel tank capacity

12 litres

14.5 litres

Seat height



Kerb weight



The Suzuki V-Strom 250’s light kerb weight coupled with the low seat height should make it an accessible motorcycle for shorter riders. It even gets an optional low seat that further reduces the seat height by 25mm, at 810mm.

As far as features are concerned, the Suzuki V-Strom SX gets a digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation, apart from call/SMS access, last parked location, ETA updates, and more. For extra practicality, the bike also comes with a USB charging port, and a tail rack for luggage. On the other hand, the KTM 250 Adventure’s LCD instrument cluster does not have smartphone connectivity or turn-by-turn navigation. It also uses an all-LED lighting system, whereas the V-Strom’s indicators alone are bulb.

Price & Verdict

Suzuki V-Strom SX

KTM 250 Adventure

Rs 2,11,600

Rs 2,35,802

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

If you’re looking for an accessible, feature-rich ADV, then the Suzuki V-Strom SX makes sense. Moreover, it is fairly affordable compared to the KTM. However, those who are willing to overlook some of the lack of features but are keen on outright performance, then the KTM 250 Adventure is the one to go for. However, the premium is a bit much, and we wish KTM had thrown in smartphone connectivity as well.

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