Preview: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Jan 23, 2014 View Comments by

Preview: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABSOver the weekend I got the opportunity to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and I came away very impressed. Hoping to capitalize on riders who want to graduate from their extremely successful V-Strom 650, Suzuki has introduced what is basically an entirely new motorcycle. Though it shares a name and some parts with its predecessor, the 2014 V-Strom 1000 has been completely redesigned. Here are some highlights:

Engine

A two-millimeter bore increase raises engine displacement from 996 to 1,037cc. This does result in modest gains in horsepower and torque, but the real benefit comes in tractability. This V-twin is smooth, powerful, and supremely easy to ride.

Electronics

For the first time on a Suzuki, the V-Strom 1000 comes with traction control. And it’s both simple and effective. Three modes allow you to set just how much intervention you want, including none at all. ABS, however, cannot be switched off.

Suspension and Chassis

The 2014 model’s twin-spar aluminum frame is not only lighter, but also more rigid than that of the older model. Chassis geometry has also been revised to increase stability while still enhancing agility. New 43mm KYB inverted forks are adjustable for both preload and damping, and the rear shock is too. Overall the 2014 V-Strom 1000 is nearly 18 pounds lighter.

Brakes

Up front Tokico monoblock calipers grip 310mm floating discs with a powerful bite reminiscent of a sportbike, though they remain easy to modulate. Bosch ABS ensures that you maximize your available grip.

Price

The V-Strom 1000’s MSRP of $12,699 is well below that of the nearest 1,000cc-plus competitor. And, since it’s a Suzuki and not a European exotic, the cost of ownership should be very reasonable too.

Check out the specs below and stay tuned for an in-depth review coming soon.

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Engine: 1,037cc 90° V-twin

Cooling: liquid

Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive

Front Suspension: 43mm KYB USD fork

Rear Suspension: link type coil spring

Brakes Front/Rear: dual 310mm discs w/ 4-piston Tokiko monoblock calipers / 260mm single disc

Seat Height: 33.5in

 

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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.