Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom


Make Model

Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom




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


1037 cc /  63.2 cu-in

Bore x Stroke 100 x 66.0mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Lubrication Wet sump
Oil capacity (Overhaul) 3.5 Litres / 7.4 US pts /  6.2 Imp pts


Suzuki Fuel Injection


Electronic ignition

Starting Electric

Max Power

73.9 kW / 99.2 hp / @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

103 Nm / 10.5 kgf-m / 76 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple discs, hydraulic


6 Speed 

Final Drive Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.838 (57/31)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.411 (41/17)
Frame Aluminium, twin spar

Front Suspension

40mm Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Front Wheel Travel 160 mm / 6.3 in

Rear Suspension

Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Wheel Travel 160 mm / 6.3 in

Front Brakes

2 x 310 mm discs, 4 piston radial calipers, ABS

Rear Brakes

Single 265 mm disc, 2 piston caliper, ABS

Front Tyre

110/80R19M/C 59V

Rear Tyre

150/70R17M/C 69V

Rake 25į
Trail 109 mm / 4.3 in
Dimensions Length 2285 mm / 89.96 in
Width 865mm / 34.1in
Height 1410 mm / 55.5 in
Wheelbase 1555 mm / 61.2 in
Ground Clearance 165 mm / 6.5 in
Seat Height 851 mm / 33.5 in

Wet Weight

228 kg / 502.6 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres / 5.3 US gal / 4.4 Imp gal

Average Consumption

5.7 L/100 km / 17.4 km/l / 41 US mpg / 49 Imp mpg

Top Speed

225 km/h / 140 mph


The 2014 V-Strom 1000 is powered by a new 1037cc V-Twin engine, replacing the previous generation modelís 996cc powerplant. The new engine has a 100.0 mm bore, a 2 mm increase from the previous engine, though Suzuki says the pistons are no heavier than the previous ones. In fact, Suzuki says the entire engine is lighter yet more powerful and more controllable at low- and mid-range rpms.

Suzuki claims an output of 98.6 hp at 8000 rpm and 76.0 ft-lb. at 4000 rpm. Suzuki also claim fuel economy of 49.2 mpg. With a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, this translates to a range of about 260 miles.


The six-speed transmission has also been redesigned, with new gear ratios optimized for touring. The Suzuki Clutch Assist System helps makes shifting easier, acting as both a slipper clutch and lightening the clutch lever pull.

The new V-Strom also comes equipped with new electronics, including the first application of traction control on a Suzuki motorcycle. Suzukiís TC system monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position and gear position, using that information to control engine output by managing ignition timing and air delivery. The traction control system offers two sensitivity modes, and can be disabled completely, all from controls on the left switchgear.



Anti-lock brakes are standard equipment, balancing stopping power and traction with wheel speeds. The V-Strom is equipped with a Tokico four-piston monobloc caliper gripping the twin 310 mm front discs while a single-piston caliper appliespressure to the 260 mm rear disc. Suspension is provided by a fully-adustable upside-down fork and preload-adjustable linked monoshock.


Styling-wise, the V-Strom has a prominent beak, a trendy element of modern ADV design but with a lineage that traces back to the 1988 Suzuki DR750S. The headlights are in a stacked configuration over the beak, leading up towards the windscreen which is adjustable via a patent-pending ratchet-gear mechanism that allows for changing the windscreen angle with one hand.

Other highlights include an LED tail light, optional removeable side cases, a top case, a 12V DC socket for electronic accessories and a claimed curb weight of 502.6 pounds. For 2014, Suzuki will offer four color options: Candy Daring Red, Glass Sparkle Black, Glass Desert Khaki and


Letís get this over with. No, the new V-Strom is not a BMW GS clone. Yes, it has a beak, but it could be argued that BMW copied said beak from Suzukiís 1988 DR-BIG and DR-Z. Who copied whom aside; Suzuki does have a legitimate claim to being the first to make a motorcycle with avian facial features, for what thatís worth.

I spent two days and nearly 500 miles putting the new V-Strom through its paces on a variety of Southern California roads. With the route including highways, twisty mountain two-lanes, and even some dirt, the V-Strom had ample opportunity to prove itself.

Powertrain and Performance

Though based on the 996cc motor that powered the previous generation, most of the liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twinís parts are entirely new. The bore increases from 98 to 100mm for a gain in displacement to 1,037cc. This and other refinements bring the total horsepower up to 99.2 at 8,000 rpm. The real story, though, is the torque. The old bike made 74.5 lb-ft of twist at 6,400 rpm, but the 2014 V-Strom ups that to 76 lb-ft at a much lower 4,000 rpm. Since the engine is generating its torque peak in top gear at 70 mph, thereís plenty of passing power with no need to downshift. The engine is smooth too; not once did I feel any unwanted vibration coming through the seat or handlebars.

New ten-hole fuel injectors and twin iridium spark plugs combine for more efficient combustion and smoother fueling, though a low rpm throttle response could still use a bit of refining. The six-speed transmission shifts with admirable precision, and the ratios are well spaced. The clutch employs something called Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS), which is supposed to work like a slipper clutch to smooth downshifts and reduce the lever pull. In practice, what I noticed was the reduced engine braking from allowing the clutch to slip.

With its prodigious low-end torque, respectable horsepower, and impressive refinement, this powertrain is certainly a gem.

Chassis and Handling

Like the engine, the chassis has been thoroughly worked over, and the new twin-spar aluminum frame is now both lighter and stiffer. Geometric revisions include a longer overall wheelbase, courtesy of a lengthened swingarm, which increases straight-line stability. To retain agility, the distance between the swingarm pivot and the front axle has actually been reduced. The suspension has also been completely upgraded. The 43mm KYB inverted front fork is adjustable for both preload and damping. The rear shock is also adjustable, and a handy preload dial means you donít need tools to do it.

Though Suzuki brands them as adventure bikes, most V-Strom 1000s will spend the majority of their lives on asphalt, not dirt. For this reason, the suspension is surprisingly stiff, which translates into good on-road handling. Bumps and potholes do little to disturb the V-Strom, though a fair amount of impact force does get transmitted to the rider. Southern Californiaís strong cross winds truly tested the bikeís stability, and it performed well. Off-road, the bike continues to overachieve. Itís lighter (502 pounds) than any other 1,000cc-plus adventure bike, and the wide bars and narrow width make it easy to control. The ĎStrom should be fine exploring tame dirt roads and fire trails with decent tires and some crash protection.

The bike is equipped with Suzukiís first traction control system. There are three modes, which can be easily selected via controls on the left handlebar. Mode one offers a little intervention; throttle response is snappy, and you can still spin the rear wheel. Mode two gives you a bit more electronic oversight; throttle response is less direct, and the system intervenes more quickly when wheel slip is detected. Mode three is traction control off. Itís simple and effective, and I canít imagine wishing for more modes.

Bosch ABS comes standard and gets some high quality hardware to work with. Four piston Tokico monoblock calipers straddle 310mm floating discs up front with a single 260mm disc for the rear. The brakes have a fierce initial bite but are easy to modulate and allow for firm and decisive chassis inputs that inspire plenty of confidence. Unlike the traction control, ABS cannot be switched off.

Features and Ergonomics

The manually adjustable windscreen can be cycled through its three positions by simply pushing it forward and letting it come back. Overall wind protection is good, though riders taller than six feet or so will want to select Suzukiís optional taller windscreen.

The seating position is upright with the wide bars set at a comfortable distance. The footpegs are situated directly below the shoulders, which is ideal both for long distance comfort and for standing during off-road excursions. The seat is well shaped, though quite hard; itís narrow at the front to maximize a riderís reach to the ground and wider toward the rear. Passenger accommodations are also generous with lots of room and large grab bars. In 500 miles, I was never uncomfortable on the bike. Some riders, however, will probably wish for a bit more padding.

A 12-volt plug in the dash and a comprehensive instrument display present a relatively short standard-feature list. Suzuki will be offering a variety of accessories to meet ownersí wishes. Some of these include: side and topcases (key matched to the bikeís ignition), various crash protection parts, alternate seat options, fog lamps, and more.


The 2014 V-Strom 1000 is happy devouring miles of interstate or scrubbing its sidewalls on twisty mountain roads, and it doesnít mind getting dirty every once in a while either. I estimate fuel economy to be in the neighborhood of 40 mpg under hard riding, which, coupled with the 5.3-gallon fuel tank, equates to a decent range of around 200 miles.

At $ 12,699, the Suzuki V-Strom is positioned as a low-cost alternative to the rest of the exotic and expensive big-bore adventure bikes. The cost of ownership should also be much lower than the competition. While the V-Strom is in no single way superior to its contemporaries (except in price), it is a motorcycle that manages to exceed the sum of its parts and the contents of its spec sheet.

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