By admin to get in on the small-displacement motorcycle market in the U.S., but the company now counts four models punching in under 250cc with the retro-styled VanVan 200 scrambler joining the returning TU250X, GW250 and the previously confirmed DR200S for the 2017 model year.
The original two-stroke 123cc Suzuki VanVan debuted in 1972 and remained in production until 1982. Fast forward a few decades to when Suzuki brought back the VanVan in 2003, this time with a four-stroke 125cc engine, and it quickly developed somewhat of a cult following overseas. Unfortunately, neither iteration made it here to the U.S.
Suzuki looks to make up for that with the new 199cc version. Introduced last fall at EICMA, the Suzuki VanVan 200 is powered by an air-cooled Single, likely the same basic thumper beating inside the DR200S but updated with fuel injection. Exhaust gases are directed around the cylinder and out the rear with a high-slung bullet-shaped muffler. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission that Suzuki claims is geared for “brisk acceleration and smooth cruising.”
The engine is mounted to a diamond-style steel frame, the same one used on the 125cc version. The narrow frame is complemented by a slim 1.6-gallon fuel tank, the shape of which that helped define the original VanVan’s iconic cult status. Flowing from the top of the tank is a long and thickly cushioned ribbed seat that should offer a welcome respite for those tired of sitting on seats the size of mousepads. The handlebars are pretty high and should provide an easy …read more