SUZUKI DL1000 V-STROM XT (2017-on) Review

Published: 06 October 2017

One of the easiest adventure bikes to ride

SUZUKI DL1000 V-STROM XT  (2017-on)

One of the easiest adventure bikes to ride

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The V-Strom 1000XT is evolution, not revolution, and the big 'Strom remains one of the easiest big adventure bikes to ride on the market.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

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!

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £9,999
Used price £8,500 to £10,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Max power 101 bhp
Max torque 74 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 58 mpg
Tank range -
Engine size 1037cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled v-twin
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 233kg
Front suspension Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brake 2x310mm discs. four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/80R19
Rear tyre size 150/70R17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

V-Strom 1000: Standard model

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