New Bike: The Break In

Nov 10, 2014 View Comments by

For most riders, myself included, a brand new bike is something special. I made a rare and nearly spur-of-the-moment decision a few weeks ago when I purchased a 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after a brief test ride. One of my favorite dealerships had a V-Strom and a Yamaha Super Ténéré available for test rides, and […]

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2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F ABS

Oct 20, 2014 View Comments by

Apparently it’s not too early to introduce 2016 models, even though it isn’t even 2015 yet. At least Suzuki thinks so with the unveiling of the new GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F naked and sport-touring bikes based on the GSX-R1000 sportbikes. As you would assume, the GSX-S’s feature a retuned version of the gixxer’s 999cc inline-four cylinder […]

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The V-Strom Returns to the Fold

Sep 07, 2014 View Comments by

In the spring of 2011, I sold my Suzuki V-Strom 650. Since 2004, I had owned no less than three DL650s. Blue, red, and lastly my 2008, which was yellow and dubbed the “BeeStrom.” It’s safe to say I really liked the DL650. It’s affordable, easy to maintain, comfortable on long distance rides, off-road capable, […]

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2014 Northeast V-Strom Rally

Aug 31, 2014 View Comments by

In the spring of 2011 a thread was created on the stromtrooper.com forum asking V-Strom riders in the Northeast region if they wanted to join a camp and ride event. Veteran Connecticut rider Richard Weir, the organizer of the event, noticed that there were no events in this quite large portion of the country and […]

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Motorcycle Design Problems: Finding Out the Hard Way

Apr 25, 2014 View Comments by

Last year, on the way back from RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley (this year’s Touring Weekend will be in Snowshoe, WV) I discovered a quirk particular to my specific brand and model of bike. Over the long weekend I’d already racked up around 1,000 miles and all that stood between me and home was […]

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Testing Batteries in the Cold

Jan 25, 2014 View Comments by

If there’s one good thing to be said for the recent spell of intensely cold weather (What is a polar vortex anyway?) it’s that it offers a great opportunity to see how tough your battery really is. Last winter I lived in a townhouse and the only place to keep my bike was in the […]

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Preview: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Jan 23, 2014 View Comments by

Over 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 […]

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Group Riding: Keepin’ Up

Nov 16, 2013 View Comments by

My primary touring motorcycle is a 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, and I’ve noticed that an interesting thing happens when I ride with a group of larger displacement bikes. Invariably, someone will comment on how my bike “kept up just fine” at the end of the ride, as if they didn’t think it possible that a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Top Five Big Adventure Bikes for 2014

Nov 02, 2013 View Comments by

The large displacement adventure bike category has been a bright spot for the motorcycle industry over the past few years. The segment has seen sales growth that bucks the trend across the rest of the motorcycle landscape. This has resulted in a plethora of choices for the buyer. But which bike is best? We’ve ranked […]

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Recall Issued for Suzuki GSX-R Models

Oct 25, 2013 View Comments by

A massive recall possibly affecting over 200,000 Suzuki GSX-R sportbikes has surfaced. The motorcycles affected are 2004-13 GSX-R 600s and GSX-R 750s and 2005-13 GSX-R 1000s. The issue arises when the owner neglects to change his or her brake fluid. The combination of old brake fluid and corrosion on the piston inside the front master […]

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Not Just Yet

Oct 20, 2013 View Comments by

Big Red’s odometer is ticking close to 70,000 miles and increasingly I find myself considering what will be next. I look at all types of bikes at the dealership and usually fantasize about making a change. The decision will be based in part on the commute I end up having as I am in the […]

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More from the AIMExpo in Orlando

Oct 19, 2013 View Comments by

We first reported on the new V-Strom 1000  here, but we got our first look at the AIMExpo this week, check it out in the video below.     Moto Machines offers Hepco & Becker’s full line of motorcycle luggage, with storage solutions for virtually every motorcycle made. Take a look with the video below. […]

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Love at First Bike

Sep 28, 2013 View Comments by

What was the first bike you really fell in love with? You know, the one that managed to find that mystical mix of form, function, and foibles and work its way into your heart. For many people, this happened with their first motorcycle, and it’s no surprise since they didn’t have anything to compare it […]

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Sep 25, 2013 View Comments by

There are certainly many members of our motorcycle touring community who swear by Suzuki’s little wonder-bike, the DL650 V-Strom. For some reason, however, the 650’s big brother, the V-Strom DL1000, has never enjoyed the same level of popularity. With the 2014 version, Suzuki aims to change that. We don’t have all the details on the […]

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Classic and Contemporary Japanese Motorcycles Up for Auction

Aug 28, 2013 View Comments by

If you’ve got a thing for Japanese motorcycles and happen to be spending October in England, you’ll be excited to learn that Dutch entrepreneur and motorcycle collector Michael Buttinger will be offering his collection of nearly 100 Japanese motorcycles for auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale. The auction will take place on October 20th and […]

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