This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for Suzuki’s newest pint-sized adventure motorcycle, the V-Strom 250.
Until the V-Strom 250, the V-Strom 650 was known as the smallest adventure bike that Suzuki made, earning it the name “Wee-Strom” compared to its bigger sibling, the V-Strom 1000 (these days the 1050). Well, the 250 is even more “wee”.
The Suzuki V-Strom 250 is powered by a 248cc parallel-twin engine (not a V-twin!) that makes 19 kW (26 hp) and 25 Nm (17 lb-ft) of torque. It’s the same engine used in the Suzuki Inazuma (not available in every market). Power goes to the ground through a six-speed gearbox and a chain drive.
Maintaining the V-Strom 250 is slightly easier than others in the range as it has a parallel twin engine — just one cylinder head.
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What you need to Service your V-Strom 250
Below is a list of the parts you need to service your Suzuki V-Strom 250.
|Part||Suzuki V-Strom 250 spec|
|Engine oil||Suzuki recommends a decent grade 10W-40 engine oil that meets JASO MA or API SH or higher. A good suggestion is Motul 5100 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||The V-Strom 250 takes a HF138RC oil filter|
|Spark plugs||Use an NGK CR7E spark plug.|
|Air filter||Use an SU-2513 drop-in replacement air filter from K&N.|
|Brake pads||You need a FA226HH brake pad for the front caliper, and a FA496HH for the rear.|
|Coolant||The appropriate coolant is an ethylene glycol-based coolant. Suzuki recommends “Suzuki Super Long Life coolant”, which has organic corrosion inhibitors. A good substitute is Motorex M3.0.|
|Brake fluid||Use Castrol DOT 4 brake fluid.|
|Chain maintenance||Use a Motul chain care kit to take care of the chain.|
|Grease||Grease external parts with lithium soap-based grease.|
Suzuki V-Strom 250 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 250. Intervals are slightly different to the V-Strom 650 (the 250 engine’s intervals are shorter).
Maintaining the V-Strom 250 is mostly a matter of keeping it lubricated (chain/external moving points), changing the oil and filter, and every 2-4 years changing the fluids.
You also need to check the valves, but many people leave that to mechanics (it’s fiddly).
- Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
- At the end of the schedule (after 3 years, 15K km, 9K miles), keep following the schedule in the pattern shown.
- I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary
- R= Replace
- T= Tighten
|km x 1000||1||5||10||15|
|miles x 1000||0.6||3||6||9||Every|
|Air cleaner element||–||I||I||R|
|Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolts||T||–||T||–|
|Spark plugs (NGK CR7E)||–||I||R||I|
|Engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40, Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil)||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter (HF138RC)||R||–||R||–|
|Throttle cable play||I||I||I||I|
|PAIR (air supply) system||–||I||–||I|
|Engine coolant (Suzuki Super Long Life Coolant or equivalent)||Replace every 4 years or 16000 km (10K mi)|
(Other coolants — every 2 years/8K km/5K mi)
|Clutch cable play (lube with Protect All Cable Life)||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain (Use Motul Chain Care kit)||I||I||I||I||Clean and lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)|
|Brake hoses||–||I||I||I||Replace every 4 years|
|Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||–||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki V-Strom 250
The manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 250 specifies the below tyre sizes, plus the below below recommended tyre pressures.
|Front||110/80-17||250 kPa (2.25 kgf/cm2, 36 psi)|
|Rear||140/70-17||250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm2, 36 psi)|
Of course, adapt tyre pressure to your riding style.
About the Suzuki V-Strom 250
The Suzuki V-Strom 250 is a lightweight, low-power adventurer for those who prefer to take back roads.
The 248cc SOHC parallel twin makes only 18 kW (25 ps) — give or take, but the numbers aren’t important. This is a bike that’s designed for both the urban commute as well as local adventures. It gets all the styling of its big siblings the 650 and the 1000, with that edgy beak and modern graphics, plus a bunch of standard tech — a full LCD dash with loads of info, ABS, an engine guard and a centre stand.
The engine is tuned for low-down torque (which it needs, to be able to keep up), and is a great performer under 100 km/h. It won’t win the traffic light grand prix, but it has zero issues keeping up with any traffic and getting up hills. On the rev limiter it’s doing an indicated 85 mph (135 km/h), where it’s actually happy to sit.
The parallel twin engine for the V-Strom 250 makes it a bit of an outlier in the V range. The V normally stands for V-Twin! But having a a parallel twin engine block means the engine is more lightweight (if wider) than a V-twin, and it also makes maintenance more easy.
You have to do valve inspections every 5000 km on this engine, despite the fact that it’s water-cooled and low-powered, so you’d want them to be easy.
Weighing 188 kg (415 lb) fully loaded and dripping wet, the V-Strom 250 is a lot lighter than its 650 counterpart, but it’s still no lightweight (compared to a KTM Adventure 390 for example). But the reduced weight makes it more adept at crossing difficult terrain like narrow paths or muddy creeks.
Even though in theory the DL250 isn’t a dirt bike — it doesn’t have the right tyres, the right wheels, the right ground clearance, etc. — it handles totally fine off road on dirt trails. Key to it doing well in those environments is the low seat height, the light weight, and the upright seating position.
The main problem with the V-Strom 250 is the short service intervals. Doing a valve inspection every 5000 km or 3000 miles is going to interrupt a lot of fun.
For that reason, unless you’re a dedicated Stromtrooper, I’d probably personally veer to a competitor like the Honda CRF250L Rally — lighter weight, similar power, and easier to service in every way.
Manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 250
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 250 in 2021.
This one is not available online and was transcribed from a hard copy, but it may become available eventually here.