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Before you buy a 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle in Uganda

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2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS
Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS made its entry in 2007 and it represented a step forward for the already popular DL 650 or V-Strom 650. The ABS version doesn’t feature any other improvement apart from the safer braking system which determines more and more people not to second guess the bike’s possibilities.

Before you buy a 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle in Uganda


Writing the history of a model that started being produced this year is quite a challenge but I consider best to write about the initial model, V-Strom 650, which thanks to its great comfort given to its adequate seat position and handlebars become the choice of many riders.

The fact that it became a quick success didn’t generate only from its ergonomic characteristics. In fact, what sold this motorcycle so good is its engine and transmission taken right out of the Suzuki SV650.

Being bulletproof build and featuring the appreciated engine on the SV650 the V-Strom didn’t received any mechanical changes. The truth is that any major change would have been completely unnecessary. At least this is what Suzuki people thought because they decided to launch the ABS version of the V-Strom as a 2007 model year.

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Buying a foreign used 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle from Uganda


There are a number of places in Uganda specifically Kampala from which you can buy 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-bike. However, you have to do good research in order to find a reputable car bond or dealer who will be able to provide you with the car that will meet your needs and above all genuinely imported into Uganda.

You need to look out for prices and discounts. Local car bonds may not charge the same prices for the same car. Prices of the 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-bike may be affected by mileage of the Sports Motor-bike, condition of the Sports Motor-bike, model, and year of manufacture.

Depending on your dealer and other factors mentioned above, the 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-bike may cost around 25,000,000/- or even more depending from where you buy it.

It is also important to take some time and do some research about the Sports Motor-bike you want to buy. You could find good Sports Motor-bikes at good prices if you do take some time in researching about them and make all necessary consultations. I don’t recommend rushing especially if it’s your first time to buy one.

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Importing a foreign Used 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle from Japan or other parts of the world


In case if you prefer to import your own 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle from say Japan, Europe and of late Dubai, things change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-bike here in Uganda.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) of the 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-bike from Japan.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license. You will also notice the some of these charges or fees differ from other vehicles.

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General 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle reviews for Uganda


The exterior: Some would say that the V-Strom 650 ABS has a face that only a mother could love but for the dual sport motorcycle that it is, the look doesn’t seem to need much improvement. It would have been impossible to with its sporty fairing designed to incorporate manual adjustment to three different heights over about a two-inch range of the windshield. More importantly, the new windshield now has an opening at its base to allow forced air entry to balance the vacuum behind the shield. This creates an effect of reduced turbulences over the windshield.

Another good thing is that they kept V-Strom’s 1000 22 liter fuel tank which supplies gasoline for about 200 miles without even a stop. The fuel tank is beautifully designed and it continues the fairing’s line. Kind of like on another bike I know.

Ok, so until now everything sounds like riding sporty in comfort but something looks different. Oh, it’s the 19” front wheel which starts talking a little bit about the bikes versatility. Also, this is the element that gives the tone of the bike’s entire front look.

Test drive: The advantage of the bike is its SV650 engine which was highly improved since 1999 and remains the same for V-Strom 650 ABS, and that is: 90 degree, water-cooled, V-Twin, with the same 81mm x 62.6mm bore and stroke.

Each cylinder received four valves, with both intake and exhaust being opened and closed by individual camshaft, but for the engine to perform a bit differently, other camshaft with more relaxed cam profiles were mounted. This helps boost the power approximately 5 percent right where you need it, between 4,000 and 6,500 rpm. To achieve this gain, small changes were made inside the airbox and exhaust too.

Being build as a smooth operating machine, the V-Storm charms its rider with short gear ratios and a six-speed transmission. It doesn’t keep the same final drive however, as the rear sprocket is richer with three teeth than the one mounted on the SV.

While this adds acceleration at the expense of top-end, most owners are going to appreciate the extra pickup away from the lights. On the highway, the V-Strom presents a very flexible top gear. When we say flexible we mean that it can run down as low to 2500 rpm and still pull decently but with the great amount of torque available over 4000 rpm I bet that few owners will ever do this. Keep in mind that we didn’t said try, but do it (as on a regular bases).

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Alternatives or Competitors to the 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle available in Uganda


The engine from SV650 mounted on a dual sport can bring some pretty stiff competition but the V-Strom maintains peace between him and BMW F650, In fact I chose to mention the F650 just because it is an enduro and it presents the same cylinder capacity as the bike I am reviewing but the true opponent comes from Yamaha FZ6, a sporty motorcycle which differs given to its inline four engine but receives the rider in the same riding position given by the seat height and handlebars.

The fact that the front of the Yamaha has pretty much the same apparel of the Suzuki gives me the idea that the bikes could compete but yet again: the 650 engine can keep the rhythm going on the SV650 but on the V-Strom ABS it is more torque oriented and this probably determines riders to choose between the two.

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Availability of 2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Sports Motor-Cycle Spares parts in Uganda


Spares are readily available in Uganda. Go to any major motor-bike garage around Kampala and you will get amicable assistance. Should fail to find the spares you want then we would suggest importing them from abroad.

Our Conclusion


The idea of mounting ABS on an already great product can only make a statement of aiming to perfection and to the best riding experience both on and off-road. The fact that this motorcycle is offered for the accessible retail price that I previously mentioned can only mean that we are going to see it more and more often.

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