Suzuki’s flagship adventure bike, the V-Strom 1000, benefits from a host of updates for 2017, including the addition of Suzuki’s Motion Track Brake, cornering ABS system, while a new V-Strom 1000XT was also revealed at Intermot.
Both variants of the popular adventure machine – which get sharper styling for 2017 – utilise the new Motion Track Brake System, which combines information from the machine’s inertial measurement unit (IMU) and wheel speed sensors to allow the ABS to operate and optimise brake pressure when the vehicle is leaned over, as well as in a straight line. The system also automatically applies pressure to the rear brake when front brake pressure rises to a certain level.
Suzuki’s easy-start system, debuted on the GSX-S1000, also features, which means the clutch lever no longer needs to be pulled in to start, and just one push of the starter button is required, and the V-Strom 1000 also gets the low-rpm assist function. The three-mode traction control system from the previous generation model remains.
Extensive wind tunnel testing led to the designer’s giving the V-Strom 1000 a new wind screen, with height and angle adjustment to suit a variety of riders, while hand guards and engine cowling become standard equipment on both the V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT.
While the base model features 10-spoke, cast-aluminium wheels, the V-Strom 1000XT uses wire-spoke wheels and DID rims for more absorption off-road, and also gets tapered handlebars.
Both models are available in black and white, as well as a new Champion Yellow, which pays homage to the legendary DR Big Dakar-racer from the 1990s. The Champion Yellow V-Strom 1000XT also gets gold anodised rims, reminiscent of Suzuki’s championship-winning motocross range.
A vast range of accessories are available for both machines, with the V-Strom 1000’s popular integrated luggage updated with a new, larger capacity top-box.
Other accessories include higher and lower seats, fog lamps, and engine bars