Having spent the summer of 2017 riding 6500miles on BMW's excellent R1200GS Rallye, I've now swapped it for Suzuki's V-Strom 1000 XT – making the move from boxer twin to V-twin, and a dramatically more affordable bike. But while the V-Strom is a whopping £6401 cheaper than the GS Rallye (and half the price compared to the spec mine was in), it's not short on kit – especially as this 2017 model now boasts cornering ABS and traction control as standard.
I'm intrigued to see how the ride quality will compare to the BMW's utterly astounding Dynamic ESA, and also to discover how well the adventure dynamics can offer protection against icy winds and on grip-deprived roads.
With a target to #ride5000miles this winter, this is going to be an interesting journey.
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Specs
Engine 1037 90-degree V-twin
Power 99.2bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque 74.49lbft @ 4000rpm
Front suspension Fully adjustable fork
Rear suspension Linkage-assisted, spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustable shock
Front tyre 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre 150/70 x 17
Seat height 850mm
Kerb weight 233kg
Fuel tank 20 litres
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Monthly Payment £135.05 (x36)
Deposit £2200 Optional Final Payment £4558 OTR Price £10,139 APR 7.9%