Many years ago my friend Tim Jones had a similar Yamaha 750cc bike with massive low down torque but weighed a ton and I had to stop on tip toe it was so high. The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is completely different.
Test riding and reviewing new Triumphs over the last 5 years meant I was looking forward to a new challenge with the new 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000. £9,999 otr
The V-Strom I tried was fitted, as standard, with a mid height seat with a lower and higher one available as an option. To the touch it felt quite hard, it was ideal for my 29” legs almost able to touch the ground flat footed.
The riding position is perfect for me and it was immediately noticeable how light this bike is. The handlebars are well positioned for a comfortable upright riding position ideal for touring. At 70mph on Chester’s A55 the variable screen height stopped the wind on my upper body and helmet.
As soon as you take to the road you feel as if you’ve been riding the V-Strom for weeks, it is so easy to handle with the zero geometry, ideal for a novice progressing from a 125cc licence or if you just want a fun bike to ride or go touring with. The Gear Change is very positive and the hand controls easy to reach.
Engine performance is confusing. Low down torque is poor with engine revs below 3000 rpm needing a gear change to maintain performance expected from a 1000cc engine. This is also noticeable from a standing start. It’s a bit like needing to rev a Harley hard from a standing start to get power. Above 4500rpm the engine performs well so you need to think sports bike when using the gearbox, hard work in town centres and traffic. Similar Triumph models pull away at between 2000rpm and 2500rpm with ease and feel like you never need to change gear.
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