After logging three years in the saddle with Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000, our Memorable Motorcycles columnist evaluates the merit of the popular adventure touring mount. Read more in the V-Strom 1000: Three Year End of Term Report.
- The V-Strom's 996cc V-Twin engine may not be the smoothest, but never complains and can handle 85 mph on the highway all day long.
- After purchasing the V-Strom 1000 three years ago our contributor considers the bike a top-end tourer.
- The topcase held two Arai helmets, two pairs of gloves and a few assorted bits and pieces without difficulty.
- Fuel economy is only getting better as it currently achieves more than 50 miles to a British gallon - which is just over 1.2 U.S. gallons.
- Modifications consisted of new EBC race pads up front to increase stopping power and road oriented Michelin Pilot tires.
- The V-Strom requires little maintenance. The only service needed over the past three years has been oil changes and tire pressure checks.
- The V-Strom is a jack-of-all-trades in the motorcycle world, capable of filling numerous roles in one bike.
- Suzuki V-Strom 1000
- While the V-Strom's engine may lack the character of other touring mounts, it has proven a consistent performer.