Suzuki has released more information on its 2014 V-Strom 1000 at the inaugural AIMExpo in Orlando. Debuting as a concept model at the 2012 Intermot show in Cologne, the new Strom officially broke cover last month – prompting MotoUSA’s 2014 V-Strom 1000 First Look feature. But the AIMExpo, where the Japanese marque also hosted its annual dealer meeting, saw Suzuki dish out more details on the production model.
The 2014 V-Strom 1000 features several key performance upgrades for a bike that has gone mostly unchanged since its 2002 model year debut. Suzuki’s technical presentation to the media explained the inner workings of the company’s first-ever traction control system, the Strom’s larger displacement engine and slipper clutch, as well as its new suspension and braking components. However, Suzuki has left one critical 2014 specification blank, as the new V-Strom’s MSRP is still to be determined.
The yellow parts in the top illustration are the revisions for the 2014 V-Strom’s 90-degree V-Twin.The peak power boosts are modest but the power gains off the bottom end are more dramatic as seen on the dyno against its predecessor.
The 2014 V-Strom sports a 43mm Kayaba inverted fork, which replaces conventional, non-adjustable sticks from Showa. The Kayaba unit offers three-way adjustment for rebound, compression and preload.
The rear shock settings are tweaked to mate with the new fork, which features convenient remote dial to cycle through the 20-click preload settings.
Bosch ABS is standard on the 2014 Strom and, unlike the traction control system, it can’t be disabled by the rider.
Brakes are another area where the Strom claims improved performance. Radial-mount four-piston Tokico monoblocs pinch dual 310mm rotors up front, replacing conventional two-piston calipers. The monobloc configuration, which sources larger diameter pistons as well (32/30mm instead of 30/30mm) promise stronger initial bite.
The new DL1000 also features standard ABS from Bosch. Suzuki claims only 2.3 pounds (1050 grams) are added by the control unit and sensors, which monitor wheel rotation 50 times per second. Off-road riders, however, will furrow their brows that unlike the TC system the ABS can’t be switched off.
Behind the controls Suzuki altered the riding position to be more relaxed, moving the handlebar back 34.2mm (1.35 inch) and the footpegs back 15mm (0.6 inch). The pillion accommodations have likewise been altered, the pegs raised 33.1mm (1.3 inch) up and forward 7.7mm (0.28 inch), with improved passenger comfort the stated objective. No final spec has been set for the Strom’s seat height, but similar to the V-Strom 650 redesign, Suzuki touts the more slender seat profile and shape of the fuel tank makes for an easier reach to the ground.
At the AIMExpo display we sat astride the redesigned Strom and it gave the impression of a comfortable rider’s triangle. Our hazy recollections of the older model were a tallish seat, with this one feeling quite easy to straddle flat-footed with our 32-inch inseam.
Rider comfort is further enhanced by an adjustable windscreen. The angle of the screen can be set at three positions from standard down 7.5 degrees and then 15 degrees. It does this without tools, employing a ratchet system with the rider pulling down from standard to the other two angle, resetting to the standard setting after pulling once more in the lowest angle. It’s simple to adjust, and while we were tinkering with it while stationary on the display floor, it should be easy to adjust on the fly. The height of the screen can also be adjusted, with tools, moving up progressively 15mm and 30mm from standard.
Instrumentation gets a thorough facelift for 2014. The wide dual analog speedo/tach with inset LCD is a replaced by a single analog tach with a right-side digital speedometer above a larger LCD console. The Strom’s display carries over the digital fuel and engine temperature gauges but now features a gear position indicator as well. The bigger Strom also showcases some of the data that made its debut on the Wee Strom redesign in 2012, namely a freeze indicator light, ambient air temperature and the ability to adjust the display’s backlight. The stacked headlight assembly features a high beam that’s 18% brighter than the previous model. Meanwhile the taillight is LED.
This new V-Strom looks more like the GS than the old V-Strom. In fact, it looks a lot like the GS, supposing the Beemer had its Boxer cylinder heads trimmed off. This is due to the beak, which Suzuki insists is a call-back to its ‘80s-era Dakar racers of yore. Whatever the true rational, to say its styling has improved is a colossal understatement. (For a more biased and hysterically candid reckoning of the old V-Strom 1000 read our Memorable Motorcycle editors series latest installment: Suzuki V-Strom 1000 After Four Years.)
Suzuki will support a host of accessory options for the V-Strom 1000. One of the more prominent upgrades are a three-piece luggage system – one of the mandates from the aforementioned customer survey. The panniers and topcase are notably compact (a marked contrast to the wide bags developed for the V-Strom 650), matching the width of the handlebar. Storage volumes are 35 liters for the topcase and 26 and 29 for the right and left panniers respectively. The luggage can be keyed to the ignition and detached without tools.
Further accessories from the Suzuki catalog include hand guards and heated grips, touring windscreen, low and high seat options, centerstand and fog lamps – as well as various engine guards and skidplate options.
The most conspicuous absence on the 2014 V-Strom spec sheet is MSRP. Pricing has yet to be announced, with Suzuki not exactly in a hurry to place a dollar amount on its wares (the 2013 GW250 debuted at last year’s dealer show and only received its $3999 MSRP at this year’s event). The last offering of the old V-Strom, back in the 2012 model year, sported a $10,999 pricetag.
Similar to the V-Strom 650, this bigger V-Strom will be available in an Adventure spec as well. This bike, also sporting a black colorway like its Wee Strom counterpart, will offer standard accessories including: hand guards, touring windscreen, side case set and brackets, crash bar and aluminum skid plate. Like the base model, the 2014 V-Strom 1000 Adventure doesn’t have an MSRP yet, though Suzuki reps promise the Adventure’s accessory package will be a bargain compared with adding the same accessories piecemeal. On that note, Suzuki is giving its dealers leeway in offering to fab up the Candy Daring Red and Glass Desert Khaki colorways in Adventure trim as well.
The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is expected to arrive at dealer sales floors starting in March, with MotoUSA aiming for a first ride review as soon as they get off the boat in late February.
UPDATE: Suzuki will price the base model 2014 V-Strom 1000 at $12,690 with the Adventure ringing in at $13,999.