When the first images of Suzuki’s 2014 V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure emerged, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I might have even been a little put off by its me too styling and prerequisite beak. If that front fender were a name tag, it would read, “Hello, my name is Adventure Bike.” It seemed to be trying too hard. To be fair, at that time not much additional information was made available.
I’m not ready to say the new big V-Strom has since grown on me but the fact is–– okay, it has grown on me. It is a quantum leap forward from the previous 1000 V-Strom on almost every level. For starters, it has a new engine with more power, greater torque, better cooling, and fuel efficiency has been bolstered by more than 15%. The previous engine was one of the best power plants I have ever owned, so an updated version sounds promising. To attain this improved level of performance, Suzuki redesigned nearly every facet of the 90-degree, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin. The piston rings are thinner, the cylinder heads have been redesigned to accommodate two Iridium spark plugs, and Suzuki’s SCEM-plated cylinders reduce friction. New 10-hole fuel injectors replace the previous 4-hole injectors for more efficient combustion. No trick was overlooked in the complete revamp of the V-Strom’s new heart.