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VIDEOS: Testers ride Suzuki V-Strom

2014-02-02 11:53

TESTING TESTING: Suzuki's test rider Shago Soto puts the V-Strom 1000 through its paces. Image: SUZUKI


Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000 dual-purpose motorcycle is headed for South Africa in February 2014. Test driver Shago Shoto tells of his discoveries.

Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000 dual-purpose motorcycle is headed for South Africa in February 2014. Here are some videos on what the experts have to say.

Earlier Wheels24 reported that the new V-Strom will be available as only one model but with a shopping list of Suzuki accessories, among them luggage that was designed for the motorcycle as it was being developed.

The new V-Strom adventure bike has an all-new chassis, heavily revised engine, anti-lock brakes and a three-way traction control system, while remaining competitively priced (in the UK) at the current (Jan 2014) equivalent of R183 000.

VIDEO: Shago Sato shares his views

The bikemaker’s test driver Shogo Sato explains his job and also shares what he discovered to work best with the bike. Sato said: “We have two tasks. One is to check the functionality and quality of our motorcycles. We want to uncover and rectify issues during testing so that our customers benefit from the best possible durability and functionality from every component.

“The other is to make refinements to the handling and fuel injection with the technicians. We conduct many kinds of test to check these areas. We have to exceed Suzuki’s standards in every test and follow the model design concepts.”

VIDEO: Jurgen Plaschka talks performance

Another tester, Jürgen Plaschka, is Suzuki's test and techniques group leader in Europe. Plaschka said: "The new V-Strom is considerably lighter than any other model in the segment of large enduros over 1000 cc and that is immediately noticeable!

"Top handling, easy to ride, precise and neutral steering behaviour."
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