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Suzuki DL1000 V-STROM Adventure Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,999
Dealer used prices
£8,580 (2014) - £9,200 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,720 (2014) - £8,280 (2014)
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Engine size 1037 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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


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Model History

2014: Model introduced

Other Versions

The V-Strom 650 costs £6,899


Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Weight 228 kg
Seat height 850 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1037 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v V-twin
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Rear shock, adjustable preload and rebound
Front brakes 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

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Really Nice...However

 took one for  atest ride and its a lot easier to get on with and much better balanced than the old model.

Engine is very smooth and the general riding position is fine, feels comfy too and if the onboard mpg display can be trusted it was doing 53mpg over a mixed group of roads.

However...i'm not the tallest rider and needed the lowered seat fitted...great I thought... a trailee sized bike that I can get a foot down on....right up to the point I went for a run around town and twisty roads...the dash blocked a huge chunk of the road view that was rather disconcerting....i couldn't see manholes etc when in traffic unless i left a 50ft gap to the vehicles in front....why do the clocks need to be soo high up.

Nearly smacked a kids football as it bounced across the street...saw it coming but then it disappeared into the blocked view area and I had to stand up on the pegs to see where it was.......also when the suns behind you the clocks become a massive mirror and blind you..... things like this put me off, i need to feel like a bike is an extention of me...with this and many bikes like it I just felt as if the riders view of the road hadn't really been taken into consideration.

I really enjoyed what it has to offer and its good value...shame about the niggles and the looks...that beak and weird shaped headlight do nothing for the bike when you walk into the showroom.





14 July 2014 08:18

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