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Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen (2017+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen, including the Suzuki V-Strom XT.

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 (DL650), affectionately known as the “Wee-Strom”, is a mid-weight, sport touring motorcycle launched in 2004 with a standard riding posture, fuel injection and an aluminum chassis – now in its third generation since model year 2017.

The “Wee-strom” is so called because it’s considered the smaller sibling to the V-Strom 1000. But the 650 was actually the first one to be released, and for many years was considered the better option.

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What you need to service your Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd gen (including XT)

Servicing your own adventure/touring bike is part of the joy! Carry at least a couple of the below spares with you for when you have to do inevitable service (e.g. lube the chain, unless you have a Scottoiler).

Here’s what you need to service your Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd gen

PartV-Strom 3rd gen Spec
Engine oilSuzuki recommends SAE 10W-40 engine oil that meets JASO T903 spec MA. A good oil is Motul 5100 10W-40 or a full synthetic option is Motul 7100 10W-40.
Oil filterUse a Hiflofiltro HF138RC as a high-quality drop-in replacement that you can remove with a regular wrench (not an oil filter wrench).
Spark plugThe manual requires NGK MR8E-9 spark plugs. The CR8EIX is a common swap.
Air filterYou can use either a K&N SU-1002 or a Hiflofiltro HFA3611 as easy-to-obtain, high-quality replacements.
Chain maintenanceA Motul chain care kit is a great way to keep your chain in tip-top shape. Or you can get a Scottoiler! (an adventurer’s best friend)
CoolantThe manual requires Suzuki’s own Long Life Coolant, but that’s hard to find other than from dealers. We recommend Pro Honda Coolant which is a similar-spec long-life coolant.
Cable lubeUse Protect all cable life to keep your cables maintained.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd gen maintenance parts

Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen.

Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.

NOTES

  • I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary
  • R= Replace
  • T= Tighten
  • (California model only) and (CA. only) means that the items or the maintenance interval is to be applied only for the California model.
months212243648
km x 100016121824
mi x 10000.647.51114.5Every
Air cleaner element (SU-1002, HFA3611)IIRI
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTT
Valve clearanceInspect24K km (15K miles): I
Spark plugs (NGK CR8EIX is a popular drop-in swap)IRIR
Fuel hoseIIII
Evaporative emission control system (California model only)II
Engine oil (Motul 5100 10W-40)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)RR
Throttle cable playIIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationIII
Coolant — Suzuki Super Long Life Coolant or equivalent

(Replace every 2 years/ 12K km / 7.5K mi if you use normal coolant)
R
Radiator hoseIIII
Clutch cable play (lube with Protect All Cable Life)IIII
Drive chain (Use Motul Chain Care kit)IIIII1000 km (600 miles): C, L
BrakesIIIII
Brake hoseIIII4 years: R
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)IIII2 years: R
TiresIIII
SteeringIII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Lubrication points (use Lithium soap-based grease)1000 km (600 mi): L
Spoke wheelIIIII
Maintenance schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen

The manual for the 3rd gen V-Strom 650 species the below tyre sizes, plus the below brands and tyre pressures.

TyreSizeTyre pressure
Front110/80R19M/C 59V225 kPa (2.25 kgf/cm2, 33 psi)
Rear150/70R17M/C 69V250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm2, 36 psi)
With a passenger: 290 kPa (2.90 kgf/cm2, 42 psi)
Tyres and tyre pressures

The V-Strom 650 3rd gen ships standard with Bridgestone A40 tyres.

About the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen

2017 Blue Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd gen XT
2017 Blue Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT

The V-strom 650 is Suzuki’s mini adventurer (though not the smallest — that would be the parallel twin equipped V-Strom 250) with a 645cc liquid-cooled V-twin that’s tuned for reliable torque forever.

The V-Strom line has a loyal following worldwide (as evidenced by the rabid fans on ADVrider and Stromtroopers). And the smaller DL650 “Wee strom” historically has outsold Suzuki’s larger DL1000 two-to-one.

In recent years the gap between the DL650 and DL1000 has closed though — the V-Strom 1000 has increased in quality and got a few things the Wee hasn’t got, like cruise control.

The name V-Strom combines V, referring to the bike’s V engine configuration, with the German word strom, meaning stream or current. In theory they all have V engines, but the smallest V-Strom has a parallel twin engine.

The V-Strom 650 3rd gen trades strength in a single area for adaptability to a variety of riding conditions: commuting, cruising, adventure touring, and to a lesser degree, off-road riding. It can keep up with adventure bikes, but not with dirt bikes. It keeps up with roadsters, but not with sport bikes.

The Wee is variously categorized as dual sport (not really), sport enduro tourer, street/adventure, commuter, or entry-level. Take your pick!

The V-Strom 650 3rd gen has a six-speed transmission with a fuel-injected and slightly re-tuned 645 cc engine from Suzuki’s SV650 sport bike, using a two-into-one exhaust system. It has some components that make it a little less willing to rev, but able to pull from lower.

The V-Strom 650’s upright, standard riding posture means the bike is comfortable to ride and easy to handle. And there’s a TON of aftermarket options to protect it, give it luggage, and generally let you be able to coast to the horizon and back.

The V-Strom 650’s engine is a 90 degree, liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin, with four valves per cylinder, and intake and exhaust valving each with their own camshaft. Its more relaxed cam profiles, compared with the SV engine, boost the torque and power between 4,000 and 6,500 rpm.

Relative to the SV650 of the same generation, the crank inertia is also increased by 4% via a redesigned starter clutch. Additionally, the DL650 engine uses a plastic outer clutch cover and engine sprocket cover for reduced weight and noise.

Unlike the SV engine, which uses cast iron cylinder sleeves, the DL650 uses Suzuki Composite Electro-chemical Material plated cylinders, a coating designed to reduce weight and improved heat transfer, allowing for tighter and more efficient piston-to-cylinder clearance.

Beginning in 2017, the DL650 was available in two model versions; the base and XT.

The XT version of the V-Strom 650 3rd gen has inter-compatible luggage rack with the updated DL1000 from 2014. It also now has adjustable traction control and throttle assist which slowly increases the rpm of the engine when the clutch is released or riding at slow speeds. This decreases the chance the rider will stall the motorcycle — great for hill starts, new riders, or just embarrassing yourself at the stop lights.

The basic model Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd gen is the same bike, but with many fewer options as standard.

Manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen

V-Strom 650 3rd Gen maintenance schedule screenshot

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 3rd Gen in 2017.

You can download it from here.

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