Category: Suzuki

Suzuki's New V-Strom 1000 Adventure ABS

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.

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VOTD: Expedition Portal Tests the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650

The Expedition Portal team takes a brand new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom on an adventure through the Bradshaw Mountains, just south of Prescott, Arizona. With a 19" front wheel, standard ABS, factory hard-sided panniers and a powerful, yet economical motor—the V-Strom looks great on paper, and we haven't even gotten to its starting price of under $10,000. Curious to see how the bike does through water crossings, high speed dirt, and technical terrain? Watch the video to find out.

For more information on the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom, check out their website here. [link]

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Installing a Touratech Skid Plate on a Suzuki V-Strom

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Considering that the underside of the Suzuki V-Strom has less protection off-road than a Harley Davidson does...so needless to say, we knew it would be our first upgrade to the motorcycle. The 650cc engine that is used on the V-Strom initially came from the SV650 street bike, and while it's a great performer, there's some things that need to be taken care of before you start venturing off the pavement like we intend. Luckily, Touratech has a full line of accessories for this bike, so getting a skid plate to protect the exhaust and oil filter was as easy as pie. 

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2012 Suzuki V-Strom - First Impressions

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Last week I had the chance to ride the new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom ABS 650. This wasn't just a jaunt around the block but rather a 400-mile only-stop-for-fuel-and-ice-cream ride across the flat desert highways and mountain twisties of California and Arizona. After picking up the bike from Suzuki and a short spin around the parking lot for familiarization I was off and running.

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