The Suzuki V-Strom name has been around for at least a decade and has always represented the adventure motorcycle class. Based on the Suzuki TL1000 a sports bike to rival the Ducati of the early 2000’s. I actually liked the TL1000 for various reasons including the engine which was the most powerful V-Twin at the time and it sounded great.
The terms of design the original V-Strom design was OK for its time and the 2012 update as it stands in 2016 is OK too. However the latest update isn’t exactly eye candy or even ‘odd but nice’ as per the BMWs r1200GS for example. If Suzuki was aiming for something with presence than this is not it.
In terms of technical features on the V-Strom there is not much to boast and struggle to point out a key selling feature in this respect. I can only conclude that it is a standard barebones Adventure bike and its price reflects that. There are two versions of the V-Strom, one with the 650cc engine and the 1000cc version which I’m interested in.
So If you want and powerful adventure motorcycle you can customise to your requirements with a good starting price – remembering that this is a 1000CC motor than the around $15,000 price of the Australian V-Strom may be the motorcycle for you.
|Suzuki V-Strom Key Specifications (2016)|
|Engine:||2 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)|
|Capacity:||1037cc or 650cc
|Power/Torque:||Approx 74 Kw @ 7500 RPM 101 Nm @ 6500 RPM|
|Gearbox:||6 speed manual|
|Performance:||0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
|Fuel Economy:||20 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
|Dimensions:||L2290 X W850 X H1410mm|
|Recommended Retail Price:||Est $15,500 AUD (2016)