Finally the new V-Strom 1000 is ready, complete with the beaked front mudguard, tall profile and 19in diameter front wheel typical of an adventure bike. Despite this, Suzuki insists that the newcomer is a road-going tourer, and is not designed for off-road use.

Like the previous V-Strom 1000, it is powered by a liquid-cooled, eight-valve V-twin. The capacity is increased from 996cc to 1,037cc; the long list of new parts includes cylinder heads and crankshaft. Maximum power is increased by only 2bhp, to 99bhp, but there’s a bigger gain at lower revs, especially around 4,000rpm where maximum torque is produced.

That flexible power delivery helps give the Suzuki a pleasantly relaxed character, and makes it very easy to ride. Its riding position is upright; the seat is broad, comfortable and not impossibly high for most riders (though it loses marks for lack of adjustability). The screen can easily be adjusted for angle by hand, through three positions, even while riding. But being tall I found it too low, and the limited height adjustment requires the use of tools.

Suzuki V-Strom 1000
TESTED: 1,037cc four-stroke V-twin, six-speed transmission
PRICE / ON SALE: £9,999 (£10,132 OTR)/February
POWER / TORGUE: 99bhp @ 8,000rpm/76lb ft @ 4,000rpm
TOP SPEED: 120mph (est)
Range: 170 miles @ 45mpg (est)
VERDICT: Respectably quick, sweet-handling and well appointed V-twin that offers roadgoing practicality and comfort, if not the off-road ability suggested by its looks


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