Suzuki Announces VanVan 200 To Compliment Its Sub 250cc Lineup
Where Honda and Kawasaki have gone sporty-small with the
introduction of their Grom 125 and Z125 models, Suzuki is going
retro small with the announcement of its VanVan 200 headed for US
soil. Actually, Suzuki will now have an eclectic mix of small
displacement motorcycles for 2017, giving riders the choice between
a classically styled cruiser with the TU250X, an un-faired street
bike with the GW250, a do-it-all dual sport with the DR200S, and a
vintage scrambler with the VanVan 200.
2017 Suzuki VanVan 200
At the heart of the VanVan
200 is a 199cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 1 cylinder, SOHC engine
and 5-speed transmission housed in a steel, diamond-style frame.
The frame is topped with a 1.7 gallon gas tank that's low-slung on
the backbone and backed by a flat, 2-up pleated seat. In classic
scrambler styling the VanVan sports plenty of clearance between the
ballooned-out 130/80-14 rear tire and fender and offers 136mm of
travel from the single rear shock absorber. Seat height is mere
30.3" which is right on par with the Grom and Z125. While it might
look like it rolled right of the '70s scrambler scene, the VanVan
is all modern with its compact EFI system, automatic Idle Speed
Control (ISC) for no hassle start up, and push button start. Aside
from being easy on the eyes and easy to ride, the VanVan is also
easy on the wallet with a MSRP of $4,599.
2017 Suzuki TU250X
Back again (but not in California), the TU250X offers
classic looks with polished cases, a megaphone-style muffler and
chromed rims for those who appreciate traditional styling. The
is powered by a 249cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, OHC
engine fed by Suzuki's Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection
system. The fuel/air delivery system features a 32mm throttle body
that helps provide superb throttle response and smooth power
delivery. The cushy 2-piece seat and 18" spoked wheels help provide
a very manageable 30.3" seat height, while a 3.2 gallon tank allows
for long stretches between gas stop. The TU250X rolls in even less
than the VanVan with a $4,399 MSRP.
2017 Suzuki GW250
For those that like their motorcycles with more
aggressive looks there's the GW250. A mix of sweeping body work and
edgy angles, the GW250
is perfect for late night rips through desolate city streets.
Unlike the single cylinder VanVan and TU250X, the GW250 is powered
by a twin cylinder engine. The mill displaces 248cc, is liquid
cooled and fed by electronic fuel injection. The six-speed
transmission and engine are housed in a semi-double cradle chassis
that features a telescopic fork setup up front and a hidden,
single, adjustable shock soaking up bumps in the rear.
2017 Suzuki DR200S
If you want
to go nearly anywhere on a motorcycle there's the
DR200S. As a lightweight dual sport machine, the DR200S is the
perfect beginner bike for those who are new to motorcycling and not
quite sure yet where their preferences lie, dirt or street. This
machine allows you to easily tackle surface streets and fire roads
or single tracks. Boasting 88mpg from the 199cc, 4-stroke,
air-cooled, SOHC engine and 3.4 gallon gas tank, the DR200S can
take you deep into the backcountry. Even though it's highly offroad
capable, the DR200S features convenient electric push-button
starting to save you from exhaustive kick-starting. Sitting a bit
taller than the others in this group with a 33.3" seat height, the
DR200S is still easy for shorter riders to handle; it's the
lightest of the three only weighing 278 pounds.
Chaparral Motorsports is an authorized Suzuki dealer.