Vstrom 1000DL – A Surprise

Suzuki V-Strom 1000DL at the beach

For the past 6 months Motorbike World has had a 2016 VStrom 1000DL for daily use.


In that time, we have put over 16000km on the bike, so fair to say we know it pretty well.


There were a few colors to choose from, but being kiwi I went with black. The looks do take some getting used to, but now every time I see this bike, I have a grin from ear to ear.


We added a few accessories to the stock bike.
• Puig windscreen – made a massive difference – the stock screens are terrible, though the 2017 / 2018 models are improved.
• Heated grips – think what you want….
• Fog lights – cause they look cool and because I ride in Auckland city – enough said.
• Crash bars
• Radiator guard
• Touratech sump guard
• Givi Top Box
• GPR exhaust – probably my favorite change. The stock exhaust is so ugly it should be illegal.The GPR sounds amazing and removes a couple kg as well.


The bike has been used on motorways, secondary roads, gravel roads, fire trails and off-road. I gotta tell ya. I love it. If you want the specs, I’ve noted them below. I’ll tell you what I think, as a rider, as a motorcycle enthusiast, as someone that must be passionate about my bike, or she’s gotta go.


This ones a keeper!


Not pretty, but curvy, and oh so much fun.
This bike is not a screamer. You don’t rev it to the red line. Anything over 5000 rpm is a complete waste of time.


Open the throttle, change up and quicker than you think you will be breaking the speed limit. It doesn’t feel fast. It doesn’t look fast. But it’s fast, fast enough to lose your license anyway – and who needs more than that, unless you’re racing, or got a death wish.


She growls, and rumbles and delights in movement. The Suzuki off road heritage comes through – in many ways this is like a big dirt bike. But she leans to, oh does she lean. You have to try pretty hard to scrape a peg here. There are not too many riders or bikes that could get away from the VStrom if you really want to keep up.

Of course, then when the road ends you can keep going. Oh sure. She’s doesn’t have the dash of the BMW GS, or the hardcore get it done feel of the KTM. The ground clearance is too low. Stock, the suspension is too soft. She has alloy wheels not spokes. But as long as you have a sump protector on, you will be surprised where she can get you. It comes from that low-down torque – like a tractor she’ll keep on rolling. Add to that the Vstrom is not a heavy bike – at least not if you are used to riding a big GS. Yeah – she can go off road.


There are not too many electronics. Traction control – 3 settings, including off. You do need to turn it off on gravel roads if you want to go anywhere.
ABS which you can’t turn off. It does work well, but you will need to adjust you riding style for it off-road.


The seat is actually pretty good. I’ve done over 500km in a day and couldn’t complain. Its stock, but it’ll do. The riding position is great. Gives you good visibility, allows you to lean the bike over, and you don’t get sore knees, well, I don’t anyway.


What else can I tell you. Well you can get 400km out of tank, but not much more than that.
The rest of it’s just emotion right.


If you give this bike a chance, you will have fun. It unavoidable. It encourages you to do things. To jump off that curb. To accelerate past that car when perhaps you shouldn’t, to explore that gravel road. To keep up with that sports bike. All without complaining. Without stuff breaking. It’s a Suzuki. They don’t break. Push the button and ride. And smile. Ride all day – that’s what she’s made for.


Commute, tour, adventure, whatever. The Suzuki Vstrom can do it all and do it well.


I wasn’t a believer. I thought they were boring, slow, ugly and cheap.

I wasn’t right about any of that. They’re fun, quicker than you need, and fantastic value for money. Are they ugly – well, I’ll let you decide.
Me, I’m off for a ride!

 

Engine:  

Engine Type

 V Twin

Cylinders

 2

Engine Stroke

 4-Stroke

Cooling

 Liquid

Valves

 8

Valves Per Cylinder

 4

Valve Configuration

 DOHC

Bore (mm/in)

 100 / 3.94

Stroke (mm/in)

 66 / 2.6

Displacement (cc/ci)

 1037 / 63.3

Compression Ratio

 11.3:1

Starter

 Electric

Fuel Requirements

 Regular

Fuel Type

 Gas

Fuel Injector

 Yes

Carburetor

 No

Carburetion Type

 Fuel Injected

Transmission:  

Transmission Type

 Manual

Number Of Speeds

 6

Overdrive

 Yes

Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)

 Chain

Primary Drive (Engine / Transmission)

 Gear

Reverse

 No

Wheels & Tires:  

Wheels Composition

 Aluminum

Tube / Tubeless

 Tubeless

Chromed

 No

Front Tire Width

 110

Front Tire Aspect Ratio

 80

Front Tire Speed Rating

 V

Front Wheel Diameter

 19

Rear Tire Width

 150

Rear Tire Aspect Ratio

 70

Rear Tire Speed Rating

 V

Rear Wheel Diameter

 17

Front Tire (Full Spec)

 110/80 R19M/C 59V

Rear Tire (Full Spec)

 150/70 R17M/C 69V

Brakes:  

Brake Brand Name

 Tokico®

Front Brake Type

 Dual Hydraulic Disc

Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)

 12.2 / 310

Rear Brake Type

 Hydraulic Disc

Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm)

 10.2 / 260

Anti-Lock Brakes

 Standard

Linked Brake System Front to Rear

 Standard

Suspension:  

Front Suspension Type

 Inverted Fork

Front Suspension Size (in/mm)

 1.7 / 43

Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load

 Yes

Front Adjustable Rebound Damping

 No

Front Central Suspension Strut

 No

Front Suspension Brand Name

 KYB

Steering Damper

 No

Rear Suspension Type

 Twin Sided Swing Arm

Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load

 Yes

Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping

 Yes

Number Rear Shock Absorbers

 1

Rear Suspension Material

 Aluminum

Air Adjustable

 No

Steering:  

Steering Control

 Handlebar

Technical Specifications:  

Length (ft)

 7.5

Width (in/mm)

 34.1 / 865

Wheelbase (in/mm)

 61.2 / 1555

Ground Clearance (in/mm)

 6.5 / 165

Length (ft/ft)

 7

Length (ft/in)

 6

Wet Weight (lbs/kg)

 502.7 / 228

Fuel Capacity (gal/l)

 5.3 / 20.1

Performance

 Standard

Seats:  

Seat Type

 One-Piece

Adjustable

 No

Seat Material

 Vinyl

Seat Location

 Driver and Passenger

Folding

 No

Seat Height (in/mm)

 33.4 / 850

Number Of Seats

 2

Backrest Logo Plate

 No

Grab Rail or Strap

 Standard

Exterior:  

Frame

 Aluminum

Body Material

 Plastic

Hand Grips

 Standard

Foot Peg Location

 Driver and Passenger

Adjustable

 No

Chain Guard

 Yes

Drive Shaft Guard

 No

Fork Guards

 No

Saddle Bag Guard

 No

Belt Guard

 No

Brush Guard

 No

Heel Guards

 No

Light Guard

 No

Side Cover

 No

Front Fender

 Standard

Rear Fender

 Standard

Stand Type

 Kick

Handlebars

 Standard

Upper Fairing

 Standard

Instrumentation:  

Digital Instrumentation

 Standard

Clock

 Standard

Tachometer

 Standard

Trip Odometer

 Standard

Trip Computer

 Standard

Speedometer

 Standard

Temperature Warning Type

 Gauge

Fuel Level Warning Type

 Gauge

Pricing:  

Warranty (Condition)

 Limited

Destination Charge

 350

Identification:  

Generic Type (Primary)

 Standard

Manufacturer Country

 Japan

Manufacturer Recommend Minimum Age

 16

Parent Company

 Suzuki

Display Name

 V-Strom 1000 ABS

Mounts:  

Windshield Mounts

 Standard

Paint & Finish:  

Metallic

 No

Decal Kit

 Standard

Glass:  

Rearview Mirrors

 Standard

Windshield Lowers

 No

Height Adjustable

 Yes

Tinted

 Yes

Height

 Mid

Storage:  

Rear Rack

 Standard

Lights:  

Halogen Headlight (s)

 Standard

Headlight (s)

 Standard

Type

 Halogen

Convenience:  

Power Outlet

 Standard

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