The 2014 V-Strom 1000 is powered by a new 1037cc
V-Twin engine, replacing the previous generation model’s 996cc powerplant. The
new engine has a 100.0 mm bore, a 2 mm increase from the previous engine, though
Suzuki says the pistons are no heavier than the previous ones. In fact, Suzuki
says the entire engine is lighter yet more powerful and more controllable at
low- and mid-range rpms.
Suzuki claims an output of 98.6 hp at 8000 rpm and 76.0 ft-lb. at 4000 rpm.
Suzuki also claim fuel economy of 49.2 mpg. With a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, this
translates to a range of about 260 miles.
The six-speed transmission has also been redesigned,
with new gear ratios optimized for touring. The Suzuki Clutch Assist System
helps makes shifting easier, acting as both a slipper clutch and lightening the
clutch lever pull.
The new V-Strom also comes equipped with new electronics, including the first
application of traction control on a Suzuki motorcycle. Suzuki’s TC system
monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position and gear
position, using that information to control engine output by managing ignition
timing and air delivery. The traction control system offers two sensitivity
modes, and can be disabled completely, all from controls on the left switchgear.
Anti-lock brakes are standard equipment, balancing
stopping power and traction with wheel speeds. The V-Strom is equipped with a
Tokico four-piston monobloc caliper gripping the twin 310 mm front discs while a
single-piston caliper appliespressure to the 260 mm rear disc. Suspension is
provided by a fully-adustable upside-down fork and preload-adjustable linked
Styling-wise, the V-Strom has a prominent beak, a
trendy element of modern ADV design but with a lineage that traces back to the
1988 Suzuki DR750S. The headlights are in a stacked configuration over the beak,
leading up towards the windscreen which is adjustable via a patent-pending
ratchet-gear mechanism that allows for changing the windscreen angle with one
Other highlights include an LED tail light, optional removeable side cases, a
top case, a 12V DC socket for electronic accessories and a claimed curb weight
of 502.6 pounds. For 2014, Suzuki will offer four color options: Candy Daring
Red, and Glass Desert Khaki and for the Adventure in Glass Sparkle Black.