It wasn’t Love at the first sight
Many people found the look of the new Suzuki V-Strom a bit weird. And to be honest, I had to adapt too at the beginning. This is the problem manufacturers always encounter when they completely redesign a model. It seemed like a thin cyclops with its narrow headlight but the more I looked at it the more it made sense to me.
I’ve seen this face before
From the side, I could recognize the shape of the old DR800, famous for its indestructible engine and its straight lines. I like the color combination they offer, especially the yellow and black one. Say what you want about the design but I think it has way more character than the old model. The old V-Strom was good touring bike but the new one is a better at being a Suzuki. And they managed to do it at a low cost.
You can have it in two versions, a standard one and the XT with spoke wheels. For the first time, I have to say that I’d chose the alloy wheels over the spoke ones. First because they are very pretty and second because cleaning spoke wheels is a nightmare. It is powered by a 101 HP 1000cc V-twin engine which develops 101 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. Enough to pull whatever you put on it. The top speed is over 200 kph which is good and has a fair consumption of 4.8L/100km. There is though, one problem. While the consumption is fine, the range is not. The tank carries just 20L which is not enough for an adventure bike. That’s just 3 more than a GSXR1000, though, the gixxer is made to be sleek and fast. The V-Strom doesn’t need to be sleek and it’s fast enought for its class. But the windscreen is protective and the seat comfortable enough for long travels. The bike very balanced and neutral which gives you a good feeling also in slippery conditions.
Price comparison and things that come along with it
A couple of years ago, while I was crossing Morocco with a friend, I realized one important issue. The difference of price between our motorcycles. He had a brand new BMW R1200GS Adventure and I bought an old R1100GS just for that trip. The result of our choices reflected in sleep quality. On several occasions, we had to leave the bikes outside and I slept well during the whole trip while my friend was a bit concerned, checking the window every hour. The V-Strom 1000 costs €12,599 which is way less than other adventure bikes. This makes it affordable for non-bankers who can’t buy a BMW GS.
It’s for real bikers, not for posers
Bankers don’t go off-road. They park the bike in front of their office and take it to the occasional ride to the Alps. The V-Strom doesn’t fit this job because it’s not expensive enough for a banker. It doesn’t show off and frankly, I can think of many other bikes that I would bring to the Alps. But if you are not a banker and you like adventure, long trips, and you don’t want to spend a fortune, you should get one of these.
But if you look for less than that…
Suzuki offers you a new V-Strom 650 for just €8,390. Sure, it is not as well equipped as the 1000 version. It doesn’t have an upside-down fork nor radial brakes but it’s €4,000 cheaper and this is a strong point.
We would like to thank Suzuki for the great day and the support during the test day. Here you can find the links to the Suzuki dealerships: