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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their SUZUKI DL1000 V-STROM (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

DL1000AL4 Suzuk Vstrom

01 July 2015 by Leafster1973

What I like about the new DL1000 - its light to handle, has superb handling and the torquey engine is smooth at low rpm and opens up to a burst of plentyful torque when needed. Coming from the old Strom, the brakes on the DL1000 are very sharp. I've... Read more activated the ABS a few times on the front, but you do get used to it. Traction control setting is great for peace of mind when riding on the back country lanes on gravel and in the wet, with such a high torquey engine. Controls are simple to use, MPG, Tank Range, Air temperature give good information. 230 miles to a full tank, average MPG around 58.2 MPG with mixed styles of ride. Suspension is full adjustable, with a good set up range on the front forks. Worst features - not having a helmet hook under seat, Pillion grab rail feels plastic.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Very comfortable ride for rider and pillion. Brakes are very sharp at first but with time are great. Good seating position, for sporty riding and touring. Ridden on Tarmac and gravel trails. Long distance touring feels easy on this bike once you have the Wind Screen set properly. Some owners have felt the need to replace the screen with taller aftermarket versions to reduce buffeting. You have to suck it and see!
Engine
4 out of 5
Engine is strong, has great torque at low rpm. Pulls very strongly to 4K . Above 4K there is no further torque increase, but certainly an increase in power. At 6K the big 1000 turns into a rocket, but dont expect much more above this. The peak is mid range. The engine is lively, but doesnt like town riding in 1st and 2nd gear, expect to use the clutch a lot here. Its built for a workout. if your riding around town or cities, this may not be the bike for you. MPG is great average 60MPG
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Overall finish of bike is very good. The Paint is well applied which for a Suzuki is an improvement. Some of fasteners which are not stainless dull over time and look a little dull. The electrical system particularly the wiring harness lets down the bike. Problems are corroded multi-connectors which are not waterproof leading to poor starting, stalling and breakdown. This is one area that Suzuki need to improve. Owners including myself have taken measures to waterproof the connectors with grease and rubber sleeving.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Good MPG, Oil changes every 4000 miles or thereabouts. Standard Bridgestone tyres dont seem to offer great miles.
Equipment
4 out of 5
I like instrument display and controls . They are clear and simple use, providing the info you need. There are not too much electronics on the bike, its been kept relatively simple but functional. I like adventure pack, the engine bars, stickers and fog lamps look spot on. The Suzuki Panniers are small but usable without worrying about them sticking out proud, but forget the Suzuki top box, its far too small.
Buying experience

Dealer advertised £10000 paid £8500

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £9,999
Used price £6,700 to £10,600
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
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
Specification
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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