See photos from MotoUSA’s second ride aboard the new V-Strom 1000 in the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Second Ride photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Second Ride.
- Suzuki updated the V-Strom 1000’s adventure-bike styling, giving it a front beak and a more upright riding style.
- The 2014 V-Strom 1000 makes all its torque between 3500 and 6000 RPM and it’s extremely nice to ride.
- Suzuki have opted to go with a fully adjustable fork on the 2014 V-Strom 1000.
- For the first time ever, Suzuki includes a Traction Control system on its V-Strom 1000.
- Out back the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 has a preload adjustable shock.
- All up the 2014 V-Strom 1000 is a very strong effort and Suzuki has done a good job of producing a bike that is solid, dependable, capable and extremely comfortable.
- The V-Strom is a very good bike to ride, it’s efficient, is well setup and doesn’t do anything wrong, but at no point was I thrilled riding it.
- The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 tips in without any substantial effort and is easy to change direction on. The most pleasing characteristic however, is how nicely it holds its line in the corner.
- The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 proved fully capable of light off-road duty.
- The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom is a lot of bike for the price - with base models starting at $12,699.
- The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 has ditched nearly all the hardware from the old bike. This means a new stiffer and lighter chassis, a slightly bigger Twin-spark engine and more upright ergonomics, resulting in a bike that is substantially lighter and a tiny bit more powerful.
- After two days of decent saddle time, the bike proved it was more than proficient at keeping you happy over a few days of riding.
- In the twisty roads, the V-Strom was surprisingly good.
- Off road, the little V-Strom is also surprisingly relaxed.
- It isn’t not bad by any stretch, the standing position is good, the power delivery smooth and the bike will be more than comfortable on dirt roads. It could stretch a little more, it just needs the optional sump guard.
- More surprising is the balance that Suzuki have achieved with the suspension, despite being responsive and stable on twisty roads, it’s very comfortable too and doesn’t bounce or skip around.