Nick Zarras | Managing Editor
The Suzuki V-Strom been around since Suzuki used the old Suzuki TL1000S series as a base in 2002 with the original V-Strom 1000. They were great road bikes and could pass for a weekend adventure bike, but upgrades in the competition significantly diminished sales. Suzuki decided instead of stopping production they would upgrade this platform with the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS. This platform has many upgrades to almost new status. Even though the 1037cc engine is based on the DOHC 996, 90-degree V-Twin predecessor they upgraded it with increases in bore, dual-plug heads, 10-hole fuel injectors, upgraded radiator redesign ( and removed oil cooler) , a slipper clutch, new exhaust, along with a more powerful alternator and heavier flywheel. The frame is 13% lighter, has a fully adjustable KYB 43mm inverted fork, adjustable rear shock and radial-mounted monoblock front brakes tied to a refined ABS and traction control system. There is also a 12VC DC outlet for your navigation devices. Tie that to the $12,699 MSRP and it is a motorcycle to consider for the rider who wants an “adventure” bike but is not scheduling a serious worldwide trip into the wilds.