Adventure bikes have not really caught on in India. Blame it on the high prices, the presence of sports bikes or simply the lack of awareness.
Nine out of 10 people will even confuse them for dirt bikes. To clear the mystery, an adventure bike is simply one that is designed to take on all sorts of road conditions. And that is what brings us to Suzuki's new V-Strom.
I had seen photos of the V-Strom online, but I hadn't expected it to be so tall in real life. But then, silly me, with massive 19-inch wheels it was bound to have a towering height.
At 5 feet 9 inches, I am usually not intimidated by motorcycles, but I must admit my average Indian height fell short of the Suzuki machine's demands and I had to tilt the bike to climb on it.
Mustering every bit of audacity in my being, I pressed the ignition button to hear a deeply satisfying mechanical growl. Fiddle with the throttle and you find the V-Strom all peppy and eager to gobble the kilometres.
Text: Arup Das, Business Standard
Images courtesy: Suzuki