Pick of the ads – Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom Grand Touring

Posted: 07 Nov 2013

Each week, we trawl through Bennetts’ Free Classifieds section to find the best value-for-money package available at that particular time. Here’s this weeks:

WE SAY:

Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom Grand TouringLet’s start with the bikes correct name: Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom Grand Touring. In other words it’s a DL1000 V-Strom; an early and decent attempt by Suzuki to produce an adventure-based bike that is affordable and practical, and built with the average road rider in mind rather than a globe-trotting, go anywhere traveller. The Grand Touring tag came about when Suzuki saw fit to bolt on additional components to make the V-Strom a dedicated two-up touring machine. The additional parts are topbox, sidecases, mainstand and heated grips. Although this meant the V-strom retail price went up, it was still good value compared to buying the touring package separately and bolting it all on. The 996cc V-Strom was already a good tool without the extras. The 90° V-twin engine is a descendant of the lump that powered Suzuki’s former sports TL-range and is as reliable as Big Ben. It also has the legs to get up to 100mph-plus very quickly and happy to sit at 90mph on mainland Europe’s motorways. Given that it is a V-twin the V-Strom’s engine is exceptionally smooth and doesn’t detract from rider or pillion comfort – which the V-Strom is. Couple of minus points are aimed at the V-Strom: the standard screen is low and causes helmet turbulence, fully loaded cases and pillion can cause the V-Strom to weave approaching the 100mph mark. Firming up the rear shock’s preload is a must when lugging weight. Apart from the wibbly high-speed handling, 1000cc V-Stroms in good condition are sought after because of their reliability, fuss-free maintenance and their value for money.

THE AD SAYS:

2008 (08reg), 996cc, 19,346 miles, charcoal

Great condition. Much loved bike. Full service history.3 x keys.MoT until May 2014. SORN.New battery and front brake pads. Adjustable levers.Madstad screen bracketand MAR variable screen. Full luggage.Baglux tank cover and bag.Scottoiler. Satnav mount and wiring for TomTom. Engine bars. Centrestand. MTC exhausts. Radiator and oiler cooler guards.Optimate leads. Datatool. MCT full suspension set up. BIPSOS system. Selling on behalf of a customer therefore no warranty given by Mototechniks Ltd. Contact: 01449 775775. Price: £4295

You can view the ad here.

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