Suzuki’s popular dual sport V-Strom 650 has been completely re-designed for 2012 and UK press had their first taste of the all-new model yesterday as the worldwide press test in Split, Croatia.

The new model features an all-new engine with more low-mid range torque and increased power, it weight a remarkable 6kg less than the old model, and it has new styling to bring it up to speed with the competition.

After an introduction to the technical highlights of the new launch model, the stunning countryside around the Coastal city of Split in Croatia offered the perfect opportunity to sample Suzuki’s new middleweight adventure bike.

Some comments from road testers suggested that “The new engine packs more punch and feels much smoother. The new riding position is very neutral, offering nice feedback and it certainly looks the part now too.”

A full day of riding in all manner of conditions, from fast sweeping A-Roads to scenic country tracks as well as city riding gave the opportunity to really put the V-Strom through it’s paces.

The bike sounds to be an improvement on its predecessor and with great performance and looks at an on the road price of £6,899 it looks set to be a popular choice for adventure-sport customers.

Bikes are due to arrive in dealers from August, check out for more details.