Suzuki reported its second consecutive profitable quarter from its motorcycle division, following 11 consecutive quarters in the red. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011, Suzuki raked in 62.3 billion yen (US$808.5 million) from motorcycle sales, compared to the 61.4 billion yen (US$796.8 billion) reported in the same period last year. Operating income for the […]
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Specs Released
Suzuki continued its nearly year-long tease for its new V-Strom 1000, releasing new pictures and full technical specifications for the highly-anticipated adventure tourer. We first saw the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 at the 2012 Intermot Show in Cologne last October. For a concept, the V-Strom appeared close to being ready for production, and the new photos of the production model show very few visual changes from the past year.
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 monoshock.
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 hand.
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, Glass Sparkle Black, Glass Desert Khaki and Pearl Glacier White.
In the U.S., the V-Strom 1000 ABS will retail for $12,699, while the V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure (with bags) will sell for $13,999.