V-Stroms are big, comfy bikes perfect for all day riding, but they can also hustle in the bends. You need to put a little bit of effort into to get it to turn as fast as the smaller V-Strom 650, but once in the corner the V-Strom is incredibly stable and soaks up any bumps with little fuss. The previous generation of V-Strom had a very buffety screen, but thankfully Suzuki have sorted it with this model and the screen can be set at three heights and the angle can be adjusted on the move by pushing the screen away from you.
The V-twin engine makes 101bhp, which isn't anything like the 160bhp of some adventure bikes but is more than enough on the road. There's a slight lumpiness at 3000rpm, but anything above that is smooth, effortless drive. 101bhp might not sound like much in 2017, but it's more than enough to have fun with. The two stage traction control does a good job of keeping everything inline without feeling intrusive, even in the highest setting.
The engine has been around for almost 20 years so it's pretty well proven now and in a very low state of tune. We're not aware ofany problems with any models in the V-Strom range.
At £9999 you can't really argue with the price of the V-Strom 1000XT. Yes, it's nowhere near as advanced as some of the competition, but it's still a great adventure bike. And you'll be able to spend more money on adventuring!
The XT is pretty basic. You get ABS and traction control as standard, both of which are pretty basic, but work well without being too intrusive. The V-Strom also comes with low RPM assist, which raises the engine speed when the clutch is engaged, making it harder to stall the bike. Wire wheels, bashplate, tapaered handlebars and handguards set the XT apart from the standard Strom.