Suzuki updates V-Strom 1000 and introduces XT model for 2017

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By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000, the Japanese manufacturer’s 100bhp Sports Adventure Tourer, also known as the DL1000, has received a host of styling and engine upgrades for 2017 primarily to meet the strict new Euro 4 regulations.

An XT version is also available. The only difference being wheel-related. The standard model has cast wheels while the XT has spokes for a softer and more shock absorbent ride while on the Champion Yellow colour option, those wheels are golden-anodized. Oh, and it has tapered handlebars as standard.

65,000 V-Strom 1000s have been sold over the last 13 years since its 2002 introduction but the big litre bike still only packs a 100bhp punch from its four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, 1037cc, 90-degree V-twin. That figure is justified by the strength of its peak torque of 74.5 ft-lbs (down from 76 ft-lbs) at just 4000rpm and it finds itself in competition alongside the likes of Honda’s hugely successful Africa Twin, Triumph’s Tiger 800 and KTM’s adventure range.

The new model ready to hit dealerships across the UK in early 2017 was unveiled today, here at ‘Intermot’, the Cologne-based motorcycle show, where we are reporting live.

So, what’s new? The new V-Strom 1000 has a new seat and knuckle covers as standard. A new cowling and adjustable windscreen which is 49mm higher than the previous version and can be set to three different angles.

Suzuki has updated its technology by introducing its own ABS cornering system using a 5-way axis measurement combining with front and rear wheel sensors. Suzuki call it their ‘Motion Track Brake System’. Catchy.

The LCD display information and three-mode Traction Control settings are now switchable via the left handlebar switch, as is resetting the trip meter.

Across all new models, Suzuki are installing their easy start, one-push ignition which allows the rider to save valuable seconds instead of holding down the starter waiting for the engine to fire into life.

A three-piece luggage system is available as an optional extra which includes a 55 litre top box, bog enough for two full-face helmets. Centre stand, heated grips and a range of seat height options are also on the accessory list.

Both models are available in three colours; Champion Yellow, Glass Sparkle Black and Pearl Glacier White. The outgoing V-Strom 1000 in its most basic spec is priced at £8999 while the Adventure spec bike is from £9999.

V-Strom 1000 and XT
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