Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom Grand Touring review

For the price it is hard to knock the V-Strom. A lot of kit for minimal layout. A good touring bike

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Wed, 8 Aug 2007 - 12:08

Details
Manufacturer:
Suzuki
Category:
Adventure
Price:
£ 6999
Overall
3
All in all excellent value for money considering the extras that you get for under seven grand
A hell of a lot of bike for your money.
The panniers are pretty flimsy and the brakes leave a little to be desired

The V-Strom Grand Touring comes with panniers, top box, centrestand, heated grips and brush guards as standard kit. The motor is very strong and reliable - it should be being based on the excellent TL1000 of yester-year.

Touring speed may be limited to under a ton as the 1000 GT tends to deveolp an unnerving weave above this mark. This may have something to do with luggage-enforced ergonomics. However, this is not a bad thing as it will happily munch the miles to the tune of a healthy 40mpg - an excellent figure for a 1000cc V-twin. Don't expect to have to refuel under 150-miles either.

All in all excellent value for money considering the extras that you get for under seven grand.

The V-Strom Grand Touring comes with panniers, top box, centrestand, heated grips and brush guards as standard kit. The motor is very strong and reliable - it should be being based on the excellent TL1000 of yester-year.

Touring speed may be limited to under a ton as the 1000 GT tends to deveolp an unnerving weave above this mark. This may have something to do with luggage-enforced ergonomics. However, this is not a bad thing as it will happily munch the miles to the tune of a healthy 40mpg - an excellent figure for a 1000cc V-twin. Don't expect to have to refuel under 150-miles either.

All in all excellent value for money considering the extras that you get for under seven grand.

Length (mm)2295Dryweight (kg)207Seats2Seat Height (mm)840Suspension Front43mm telescopic forksSuspension RearMonoshockAdjustability RearPreload and rebound adjustableTyres Front110/80R-19Tyres Rear150/70R-17Brakes FrontTwin 310mm discs, twin piston calipersBrakes RearSingle 260mm disc, single piston caliperTank Capacity (litres)22Tank Capacity (miles)167Wheelbase (mm)1535Ground Clearance (mm)165Rake (degrees)26.5Trail (mm)111ChassisAlloy twin sparColoursBlue

Cubic Capacity (cc)996Max Power (bhp)98Max Power Peak (rpm)7600Torque (ft/lb)74Torque Peak (rpm)6400Bore (mm)98 Stroke (mm)66 Valve GearDOHC Compression Ratio11.3 IgnitionElectronicFuel DeliveryFuel injection, 45mmStroke TypeFour StrokeDriveChain

Max Power90.5Max Power Revs7600Max Torque65Max Torque Revs6500Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH110.42Standing Quarter Mile - Time12.47Top Speed122.8

Score Breakdown
Overall
3

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