Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom


Make Model

Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom




Four stroke, 90°-V-twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.


996 cc / 60.8 cu-in

Bore x Stroke 98 X 66 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.3:1


Fuel injection with 45mm throttle bodies


Electronic ignition

Spark Plug NGK, CR8EK
Starting Electric

Max Power

72 kW / 98 hp @ 7400 rpm

Max Torque

101 Nm / 10.3 kg-m / 74.5 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

Clutch Wet, multiple discs, hydraulic


6 Speed 

Final Drive Chain
Frame Aluminium, twin spar

Front Suspension

Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, 43mm forks

Front Wheel Travel 160 mm / 6.3 in

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable for preload and rebound damping

Rear Wheel Travel 162 mm / 6.4 in

Front Brakes

2 x 310mm discs,  2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 260 mm disc,  1 piston caliper.

Front Tyre

110/80 R19

Rear Tyre

150/70 R17

Trail 110 mm / 4.3 in

Length 2285 mm / 89.9 in

Width     910 mm / 37.0 in

Height  1335 mm / 52.5 in

Wheelbase 1535 mm / 60.4 in
Ground clearance 165 mm / 6.5 in
Seat Height 840 mm / 33.1 in

Wet Weight

236 Kg  / 520 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

22 Litres  / 5.8 US gal / 4.8 Imp gal

Standing ¼ Mile  

12.2 sec / 181 km/h / 112.5 mph

Standing 0 - 1000m 23.3 sec / 199 km/h / 123.7 mph

Top Speed

 207.5 km/h / 128.9 mph

Suzuki's V-Strom, launched in 2002, is a large-capacity trail-styled tourer based around the V-twin engine from the firm's TL1000. Re-tuned for enhanced low-and mid-range performance, the engine has been updated with the latest version ol Suzuki's SDTV dual-valve fuel-injection, and a catalytic converter in the exhaust. Married to an aluminium twin-spar frame with modern, long-travel suspension, the V-Strom (Strom is German for power) follows a conventional design brief for this class of bike. But components like the cast-aluminium wheels, Tarmac-biased tyres and strong roadbike disc brakes tend towards the road part of the trail-style mix. Despite this, the V-Strom is an accomplished tourer.

Suzuki announces the all new 2002 DL1000 V-Strom…Suzuki's first Sport Enduro Tourer. The versatile, multi-purpose V-Strom DL1000 combines the strong performance of a proven V-twin engine with easy handling, sporty styling and a comfortable relaxed riding position.

The DL1000 engine is based on the proven and reliable Suzuki TL1000 powerplant, a textbook example of advanced engine design. The strong and reliable TL-based engine utilizes a liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin configuration with four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and a big bore, short stroke 98 mm x 66 mm layout producing 996cc of displacement. The DL1000 also continues to utilize gear driven cams for reduced overall height, vertically staggered transmission shafts to make the engine shorter front to rear and an exceptionally short crankshaft for a slim and narrow powerplant. Changes for the DL1000 engine include smaller intake valves, 36 mm versus 40 mm, and shorter cam timing with reduced valve lift for improved torque and responsiveness. The six-speed transmission has new wider gear ratios specifically designed for the DL1000 and a larger diameter clutch with additional plates, plus a new hydraulic actuation system for a lighter pull at the lever.

The V-Strom features a new fuel injection system using the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV), for exceptionally linear throttle response, better fuel economy, improved low-rpm torque, reduced emissions and improved combustion efficiency. Each of the two 45 mm throttle bodies utilizes two throttle valves; a primary unit controlled by the rider via the twist grip and a secondary throttle valve operated by an electronic servo motor. The servo motor progressively opens the secondary throttle valve to maintain maximum intake velocity. The DL1000 also uses a built-in Auto First Idling System (AFIS), which automatically sets primary and secondary throttle valve openings when the engine is first started and increases engine idle speed until the coolant reaches normal operating temperature.

Utilizing a strong and lightweight aluminum-alloy twin-spar frame, the DL1000 is lighter than other steel frame competitors. Combined with an aluminum-alloy swingarm the DL1000 measures in with a 1550 mm (61.0 inches) wheelbase, 26.5 degrees of rake and 110.6 mm (4.35 inches) of trail. Seat height is set at a reasonable 830.0 mm (32.7 inches) and dry weight is the lightest in the class at 456 pounds.

Suspension features include a 43 mm cartridge fork with 160 mm (6.3 inches) of smooth wheel travel up front, while the rear suspension utilizes a piggy back reservoir rear shock with adjustable rebound damping and a convenient knob-operated hydraulic spring preload adjuster. The link type rear suspension works with an aluminum-alloy swingarm, and rear shock to create 162 mm (6.4 inches) of wheel travel. Lightweight cast aluminum alloy wheels are mounted front and rear, while braking duties are handled by dual 310 mm floating discs with dual-piston calipers in front and a single 260 mm disc and single-piston caliper at the rear.

Completing the V-Strom is a sporty front fairing, a large 22 liter (5.8 gallon) fuel tank, high-mounted mufflers, and engine skid plate. An ultra-thin instrument cluster, dual multi-reflector headlights, and durable radial DualSport tires at both ends are also standard equipment.