SUZUKI DL1000 V-STROM (2014-on) Review

Published: 20 March 2014

Never going to electrify with thrills, but easy to ride, manageable, looks good and good value

SUZUKI DL1000 V-STROM  (2014-on)

Never going to electrify with thrills, but easy to ride, manageable, looks good and good value

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The V-Strom is never going to electrify you with thrills. It’s not breathtakingly quick, but it is easy to ride and manageable, delivering loads of low and midrange grunt. You can throw it around with confidence and it’s backed up by excellent traction control and ABS. It’s also comfortable, natural, frugal and simple – yet still has neat touches like an adjustable ratchet screen and panniers incorporated into the design. It’s distinctive, looks good, there’s a comprehensive list of accessories and it’s under £10,000. Maybe the competition should be worried.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The riding position is roomy and natural, the bars high and wide without forcing the rider to over-stretch and the brilliantly simple screen easy to adjust on the move. As you’d expect from a bike with a 19-inch front wheel, the steering isn’t razor sharp, but it flows nicely in and out of corners, helped by a 150-section tyre that makes it easier to turn. The suspension control is surprisingly sophisticated, too. The front neither dives dramatically on the brakes nor wallows and the radial brakes are a big step up from the old V-Strom, strong and progressive.

Engine 4 out of 5

The engine lazily wakes up rather than barking into life. It’s hard to believe there’s an old fire-breathing TL1000S in there somewhere. The hydraulic clutch is light, the gearbox typically smooth for Suzuki and with minimum throttle it’s easy to pull away to negotiate tiny city streets. It feels instantly like a true V-Strom and very quickly you realize there is no point in revving it too hard. It will go to just over 9000rpm, but it’s really last orders at 8000rpm. Most of the grunt is delivered from 4000 to 6000rpm, which makes the ride effortless.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The old V-Strom was a solid performer, but sometimes build quality was an issue. It looks as if Suzuki have addressed this on the new V-Strom.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

You can’t argue with under £10,000 for an adventure bike with ABS and traction control.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Considering the budget price, having ABS and traction control as standard is impressive. The traction control has two levels and can be switched off entirely if you so wish. There's also a 12V socket under the clocks.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £9,999
Used price £7,000 to £10,600
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 182 miles
Engine size 1037cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v V-twin
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 228kg
Front suspension 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Rear shock, adjustable preload and rebound
Front brake 2x310mm discs. four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/80ZR19
Rear tyre size 150/70ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

The V-Strom 650 costs £6,899

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