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2014-05-23 10:12

SUZUKI STROM STORMS BACK: Take note, former riders of the Strom, the Big One is back - bigger, better, badder and better-kitted than ever. Image: Suzuki

  • All-new engine with return of V-Strom 1000
  • Joins V-Strom 650 after six-year absence
  • Slim, sporty - includes stacked headlights
  • Lighter, more compact execution
  • Three-mode traction control with ABS
  • Detachable panniers and top box

The legend is back! Suzuki's V-Strom 1000 will be back in showrooms in June (2014) after six years but as a package that's lighter, leaner and more dynamic than its predecessor.

It also has the latest technology.

The original Suzuki V-Strom 1000, launched in 2002, was a pace-setter in the then burgeoning adventure/tourer segment. It was followed in 2004 by the more compact V-Strom 650 but more stringent emissions regulations (in Europe) halted production in 2008.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Suxuki V-Strom 1000

That left the 650 to fly the Suzuki flag - which it has done, Suzuki says, "with great success, undergoing a comprehensive update in 2011 and helping to boost global V-Strom sales to more than 187 000 units".


That figure is expected to be boosted significantly by the return of the V-Strom 1000 which, Suzuki says, is "a compelling counterpoint to the big and bulky touring machines from other brands".

"It delivers a nimble and wieldy riding experience," the bikemaker says, "thanks to a compact form, reduced weight and a low and comfortable seat."

At the heart of the 1000 is an all-new and larger, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1033cc, V-twin said to be lighter and more efficient than the "banned" engine. "It's focus is on delivering optimum performance across a broad range of applications," Suzuki says, "including congested city streets, paved and unpaved rural roads and twisty mountain passes."

VIDEO: Watch the V-Strom in action

Each cylinder has two coils and two iridium spark plugs, the cylinders fed by an all-new fuel-injection system drained by a new and light exhaust system, and the combination contributing to a fuel consumption figure 16% less than the previous 996cc V-twin.

How frugal? Suzuki says 20.9km/litre - or 4.78 litres/100km.


The all-new V-Strom 1000 is the first Suzuki motorcycle to feature adjustable three-way traction control; it continuously monitors, among other parameters, the rotation speed of each wheel will instantly reduce engine torque if wheelspin is detected.

Riding status is measured every four-thousandths of a second and its sensitivity can be adjusted to three levels. The idea is to let the rider relax, especially long-distance.

Suzuki describes the new V-Strom as "slim and streamlined", the stacked headlight array as "reminiscent of the legendary Hayabusa", the LED tail light as "attractive and functional". The wheelbase is longer than that of its predecessor, the inverted forks adjustable for pre-load and damping, the windscreen is adjustable.

The (anti-lock) brakes are said to be "beefier" on the 19" front and 17" rear wheel.

"The instrument display," Suzuki says, "is comprehensive ergonomically intuitive and dominated by a large analogue rev counter. Alongside is an LCD-based multi-screen trip data computer configurable to provide a wide range of data, among them speed, fuel consumption and key systems statae.


Stuart Baker, sales manager at Suzuki Motorcycles SA, told Wheels24: "The return of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is good news for adventure and touring enthusiasts seeking a motorcycle that combines nimble road manners, high comfort levels, exciting dynamics and a compact form.

"The more powerful, more efficient, 1000cc engine, linked to the long list of improvements and advances, make the new V-Strom a highly attractive proposition in its segment."

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 - R134 750, including a two-year unlimited distance warranty.
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