SUZUKI DL 1000 TEST

The Suzuki V-Strom has been around zum most of this century, in both 650 cc und 1000 cc versions. Die smaller DL650 is in its third generation now, and the bigger DL1000 (which had actually sales suspended weil das a couple von years while that sorted the end European emissions challenges) ist about zu move zu its dritter generation for 2020. It möchte become die Suzuki DL1050, despite its displacement isn’t in reality changed.

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We’ve notfall yet ridden die 2020 Strom, yet we understand it gets improved traction control und additional features, also as new pistons and camshafts and electronic accelerator bodies zum a bump in horsepower. And there’s a price jump von $900 zum the radikale model and $2,000 zum the “adventure” model.

(Newsflash: We’ve ridden that now! see Bert’s erste ride testimonial here.)

However, I schutz spent time on both 2019 bikes, which room unchanged from the 2018 models. Both year are ausblüten around in showrooms, and the 2018s are offered with screaming transaction on equipment: nearly $3,000 of aluminum, quick-release panniers und brackets, bar-end weights, crash bars, and mirror extenders (just on die 650, und they really work well), every thrown in to clear die bikes from the showrooms.

These “adventure kits” are no extra charge for the DL1000 und just an extra $500 for the DL650. Suzuki clearly brought bei too numerous Stroms to Canada und you need to seriously consider them before shelling out extra for the 2020 edition. Yet first, examine out this impressions from mine time in the saddles.


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What space they?

I always thought ich was going kommen sie buy a 1000 V-Strom. It came out in 2002; ich rode the then und it was wonderful. When die 650 come out zum 2004, many reviewers said die smaller ausführung was ns better bike (and much better value for money), but my heart was set on the 1000; ich wanted the extra muscle zum carrying a passenger.

I crossed north America on my dust bike and spent die whole time assuming i would come home kommen sie buy either die V-Strom or ns BMW R1200 GS. But then ich saw a V-Strom parked in a lang line-up of bikes hinweisen Sturgis and was struck by how not attractive it was: far too much bulbous, slabby plastic an the fairing, and no ja wirklich redeeming features. I rode the 1200GS together well and decided against it too, due to the fact that it nur didn’t it seems ~ to fit me right. Instead, i bought a Harley-Davidson and the rest zu sein history.

The original 2002 Suzuki V-Strom. Notfall too exciting. An fact, meh.

Around that time, i recommended die 650 V-Strom kommen sie my freund Richard. He bought a new one as his first-ever motorcycle, however he never liked it und sold the after only a few months. He stated it was like riding a sewing machine. I think the ja wirklich reason was that he wanted a much more macho R1200 GS, which he bought that same season, fully kitted with immaculate Charley-and-Ewan accessories; the grew to regret it because it was a bit too much zum him. The quit riding shortly after and moved zu Thailand. He probably has actually a scooter now.

Anyway, Suzuki kept making V-Stroms, though that withdrawal von the DL1000 from 2010-2011 means die larger bike usually skipped a generation. This 2019s, unchanged bei all yet colour options from die 2018s, are far better looking than that plasticky auflage that turn me turn off a dozen year ago. Lock look an excellent now, far more up zu date and adventurous.

I rode ns fancier “X” versions des each, i beg your pardon cost around $600 und $800 an ext than the base versions und give you wire wheels, handguards and bei under-cowl. I’d break down the pricing more accurately, but Suzuki’s bouncing roughly with incentives kommen sie clear this bikes und whatever ich find today may notfall exist tomorrow. If she interested, und the bike you want is ausblüten available hinweisen your regional dealer, it’s best nur to go straight zu Suzuki’s website to lakers current pricing for yourself.

The 2019 650X V-Strom. If you buy the 2018, those panniers and their brackets wollen cost only $500 extra.The DL650 V-Strom

There are all kinds des options for the 650 zu make it fit you much better – the been approximately a while, don’t forget. Different seats are available to lower or raise die sitting height and I rode with the lower seat, but in hindsight, i should oase asked for the mid-height seat to better rechts my 32-inch inseam.

Read all ns specs for the 2019 Suzuki DL650X V-Strom here.

Even with die lower seat, i raised the windscreen to as high as it would go, which was only in extra couple of centimetres or so. This is a tedious procedure that involves unscrewing und rescrewing 4 Allen bolts, deswegen any owner would set it und forget it. An any case, die windscreen isn’t designed deshalb much kommen sie block wind as just break down die pressure from die wind. Die seating position is quite comfortable, however after in hour I’d anfang to squirm. (This may be more a enjoy on me 보다 on ns bike, since i once happy put an a 1,500-km work on mine dirtbike).

The 650 contains effective ABS brakes und effective traction control, governed through a 5-axis IMU. That’s kind of it, though. There’s no cruise control or ride manage or other digital trickery. Ns selector switch on ns left handlebar aussehen clever, yet it actually only changes the display to nur things choose fuel usage (an average des 4.9 L/100 km, von the way), variety (400 km on a full tank), und a couple of trip meters.


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You can, punkt least, adjust the traction regulate on the fly between three various settings: off, mild und not-so-mild. This translate kommen sie off-road, normal und rain. Ns brakes are notfall linked, but sie wouldn’t expect them to be hinweisen this price. This ist a cycle on a budget, und although it doesn’t look to be at a distance, especially with those sturdy panniers und the crash security that twin as mounts weil das extra lights, it really doesn’t offer any extras. The spring preload des the behind suspension zu sein adjustable, however there’s nothing kommen sie change on the front forks. What sie see ist what freundin get.

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I rode all week, typically dodging rain, und never required extra power. The 90-degree 645 cc v-twin provides 70 hp and 46 lb-ft. Of torque. Its throttle response zu sein designed zu be mild und easy-going, despite Suzuki’s press information says that shares die exhaust camshaft des the SV650 zum a feeling of greater power. Whatever. It’s no fire-breather, however it had no difficulties riding into the wind at ns speed des traffic on the highway.

The 2019 1000X V-Strom zu sein thirstier top top (Premium) gas und so has a shorter range, closer to around 360 kilometres on a tank.The DL1000 V-Strom

This is the beefier version des the 650, weighing bei extra 16 kg und making an impressive total des 99 hp and 75 lbs.-ft. Von torque. It feels bigger, however it’s not really: it’s only 5 mm much longer than its wenig brother, with a wheelbase that’s actually 5 mm shorter. That a little wider, though, and its in its entirety height is in extra 6.5 cm, despite 5mm less ground clearance.

Read all the specs for the 2019 Suzuki DL1000X V-Strom here.

This ist the V-Strom sie want if you plan to weigh you yourself down through luggage or, an ext likely, if freundin want zu carry a passenger without noticing ns additional load behind. It will cruise every day weist 150 km/h and its seat felt an ext comfortable, though this may oase been nur my preconception from being on a larger bike. Ns fuel tank hold 20 litres, nur like on die 650, despite premium gas is recommended zum the 1000; it’s thirstier, at in average zum me of 5.3L /100 km, which way a slightly much shorter range.

The brakes space linked, v cornering ABS. Ns suspension ist upgraded, v both front und rear adjustable for preload und compression/rebound damping.


To be honest, however, i expected much more from die DL1000 for its extra $3,700. Yes no cruise control, which was surprising (though it’s not throttle-by-wire, deswegen this isn’t such a simple option), und most des the rest von the bike was identical to the 650: same traction control settings, same werkzeug display and grip controls. Die most noticeable difference was that die windscreen might be quickly readjusted on the paris to any von three different settings über just advertise on the screen; like die smaller bike, i preferred it on the higher setting, however did uncover myself fiddling with it more often.

As for riding it, i dunno – that looked great with its blue-accented rims und adventurous stance, yet again, i was left wanting more. Riding the 1000 was all anyone must want, but zum me, it was like kissing mine sister. Ich know the electronic doohickeys the are available on various other machines und I want them, prefer a TFT or LCD screen, selectable riding modes, six-axis IMU (wheelie control!), better adjustment weil das the windscreen, USB ports weil das my phone instead of nur a 12-volt charger. Every these things are now available on the neu 1050, zum more money.


Which is weil das you?

This zu sein simple. Ns 2018 and 2019 V-Stroms are both a really an excellent deal, and especially ns 2018s if you can ausblüten find them, many thanks to die deal on ns “adventure kit” extras.

If you want to carry a passenger comfortably, or cross die country, go zum the bigger bike; if sie ride alone and don’t need zu spend hours an the saddle, save your cash (and insurance money costs) and go for the smaller machine. Neither is bei off-road bike, yet they’re fine weil das gravel roads with your 19-inch former wheels and street-oriented tires.

The an extremely effective headlight zu sein taken from other Suzukis and uses ns lower light together the hauptsächlich beam and the greater light as ns dip beam.

Both sized Stroms look at terrific, and both space value zum money compared zu their competition. Die smaller DL650 is on a par with die Kawasaki Versys, though much more costly than ns $9,200 Honda NC750X. Die bigger DL1000 ist the real deal, though – that literally thousands much less than die equivalent Yamaha supervisor Tenere, Kawasaki Versys or Honda Africa Twin.

Those are generally much more technically advanced bikes, des course, and the new DL1050 zu sein more comparably priced zu take lock on. However, if you’re not worried about having ns latest and greatest, und you want a good-looking bike that’s capable, und you nothing mind kissing mine sister, then the current V-Strom can be ns bike the does it zum you.

Read all the specs zum the 2019 Suzuki DL650X V-Strom here.

Read all ns specs zum the 2019 Suzuki DL1000X V-Strom here.

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Those optional panniers clip on und off yes, really quickly, und make that a cinch kommen sie work on ns wheel or lug luggage inside.

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