2014 Suzuki Vstrom 1000 ABS
now 7 years old, I've customised the bike to suit my needs - this includes touring on bitumen and dirt wherever I find it. I have actually heightened the rear of the bike 28.5mm. This means that my bike with its SW Motech bash plate has just a touch more ground clearance than standard bike without the plate.
Genuine cruise control instead of throttle stop would be nice but I won't swap to the new model just for that item. The bike has done central Australia from Sydney twice, Cooktown, a Murray/Darling Rivers trace, and most recently a 3,000 ...
Purchased in May 2014 at Action Motorcycles.
Just gets on with the job!
2016 model purchased new in 2017. Travelled just under 40000kms, mostly touring since and hasn’t missed a beat. Great fun to ride, solo or with a pillion and it covers the miles effortlessly. People are not drawn to it like more exotic brands but with the money you save in the purchase and servicing of this bike, you will have lots left over to ride further than the local cafe every Saturday. A great bike.
Purchased in July 2017 at Procycles for $13,750.00.
Real-world no frills riding enjoyment
I got into the adventure-touring bikes in 2010 with a V-Strom 1000, then to a 2014 BMW 1200GS, then in 2019 back to another Suzuki, DL1000-XT. Heated hand grips should be standard equipment. A Givi bash plate gives good lower engine protection on dirt & gravel, which the bike copes with very well. Handling on bitumen is excellent. It is comfortable, the engine is very torquey and smooth, the brakes powerful and fuel range around 350 km. Try to get a deal on this model unless you want the latest electronics with the 2020/21 model. I got free centre stand, panniers, top box, protection bars & LED blinkers.
Purchased in January 2019 at Suzuki Dealers for $18,000.00.
The quiet achiever..
Having just done 17thou klms in one year both as a daily commuter and long distance tourer I'm pretty happy with her.
With just the right mix of accessories to suit whatever riding you look to do the Strom is a great platform to ride with. Strong enough to tour the open road with luggage and with the right tyres she'll take you off the beaten path for those magic camping trips.. Great underrated machine with the usual Suzuki reliability.. If you want to go a bit harder off-road just spend a bit on suspension an she goes fine.
Purchased in November 2018.
Way better than I expected
I was originally planning to buy an R1200GS , but took one for a long test ride and could really not see what the journalists were on about. It just didn't do anything for me.
Next plan was to try the Africa Twin. Also took it for a test ride but a bit bland and too much like a dirt bike for me.
The same dealer also sold Suzuki and he suggested I give the V Strom 1000 XT a try.
Wow. That was more like it. As a road bike it was way ahead of the Beemer and Honda. I didn't try them off-road as I don't use the bike off-road, so I can't comment on ...
Purchased in August 2018.
Very disappointing, plagued with problems
I have been riding Suzuki's for 25 years. I have experienced multiple issues with this bike from day 1, leaking oil upon pickup, was returned from the first service with oil leaks, I now have 2000klm on this bike and it yellow for a reason! Suzukis customer care is a joke and the excuses keep rolling in, as far as Vicky from customer care is concerned there has never been an item of failure on this bike and is happy to contradict what she says to suit her own agenda and refuses to put you through to her manager.
I have been blocked from there ...
Purchased in August 2018 for $17,990.00.
a great bike, spend a few dollars an awesome bike
9/2011 model, First, 2 teeth extra on the rear sprocket made a huge difference, so much easier to ride. Partner loves the large seat and the good suspension, and the top box. I up dated the engine using information from Holeshot in the USA, different pipes, air filter box modified/K&N filter and an ECU up graded, it is quick!!, Pirelli Scropion Rally tyres are great, on both dirt and tar
Don't buy the BMW. Buy this instead.
If you're looking at this bike there's a good chance you'e also considering the BMW 1200 GS.
A warning: When you drop your bike (you will, don't kid yourself) the BMW will land on the valve cover and split it open. You will NOT be able to ride the bike home. There have been many instances where people have the factory engine guards and still split the valve covers open. The guard just folds over under all that weight.
Excellent package - 2017 Suzuki V Strom 1000 XT
Took out the V Strom for a ride as it's one of the bikes I'm considering. Also in the mix is the new Ninja 1000, Tracer 900 and Multistrada 950. I've ridden the 2015 Tracer of these bikes and the 2016 Ninja 1000 but not the Ducati.
I'm looking for a road bike that is comfortable to ride and still has some good performance in the curves and straight lines. There is some other contenders that suits this but these are the bikes I can see myself with.
Ok, straight of the bat the V Strom is a cracker bike.
It's very well...suited here. It's narrow and has high mirrors so its great for filtering. The mirrors are the best of any bike in terms of what you can see. The height you sit also gives you a great view down the road and this would no doubt assist in other road users seeing you from the front, rear and sides. I personally like the V Strom dash. Sure there is better out there but one thing I really like on a bike is being able to check my speed/revs/gear by just moving my eyes and not my head. All good for the V Strom here.
Great bike when you sort it out.
I've got a 2012 DL1000 (the last of the old shape) I did a lot of research & didn't hear of any negatives...I realise now I wasn't asking the right questions. Bought the bike with 10,500 km & was very happy with the all round package. Did my first big trip and while travelling through Brisbane in 4th with just a little throttle it would occasional feel like it was cutting out - very disconcerting whilst trying to negotiate traffic, saw a Suzuki dealer & thought I'd ask some questions.....They had no idea but were happy to have a look at it to...morrow....lucky for me I was short of time as I'm sure it would have been a waste of $$. Left the city & all was good again. This issue slowly got worse & now started back firing in the same conditions,did my own research & found it's a common fault caused by too lean a fuel mixture ,The solution is a Dyna jet fuel controller for $350 from the states....sad when you consider how long they have been making these bikes. Some also suffer from vibes from 2500 to 4000 rpm( known as clutch chudder) also fixable for $$. Apart from this it has great power & handles well & is really solid in the worst of weather conditions ! The screen causes a fair bit of buffeting but raising & spacing it out 12mm improved it a lot. Great bike & value especially if your prepared to sort out what Suzuki wasn't able too. P.S .have done an additional 12,000km since owning it.
Great all-round bike. Good on and off road.
Bought the new DL1000A model. Very comfortable & predictable bike and performs well. Had to spend a few bucks on basic accessories after the initial purchase (centre stand, heated grips, top box and a radiator guard) to finish it off. I have gone away on weekend rides and find the DL is great on the highway or gravel roads. I looked at similar bikes before I bought the DL (Honda & Kawa) and the Suzuki seemed to be the best value for money and had ABS and traction control as standard. Very happy with my purchase and highly recommend this model.
Great bike , shame about Suzuki's customer service
Purchased DL1000 new in 2009 . Now done 130,000 km Overall a very good bike . Some spare parts way overpriced eg fuel pump almost $1000 footpeg $160. Issue with voltage regulator eventually replaced under warranty ( after being stranded more the 1000km from home twice !)Fuel economy is reasonable generally 350km for 17 lt
Not happy about a warranty claim for fuel pump being denied due to water in the tank and I refused to be robbed by suzuki for the pump.
Fuel pump was cleaned by a friend and is still going strong 90,000 km later
Purchased in July 2009 at Peter Stevens Motorcycles for $13,500.00.
Great Legs. Shame about the Face
Bought the DL1000 brand new after being bikeless for about 9 months. Previous bike was a Suzuki SV1000. TBH I regret selling that bike. Anyway I bought a 2011 model late in 2012. Got an unbelievable deal. Have to admit it is the ugliest bike I've ever owned & also the first Adventure bike. Colour was black.
Optioned it up with a Givi screen & top box, heated grips, centre stand, crask bars & bash plate, pannier frames & soft textile saddle bags. The hard case saddle bags are more useful but they make the bike "fuglier" than it already was. Als...
really comfortable great all rounder
I've had this bike just over 1 year, and taken it down the east coast of Australia. It just goes all day without a care in the world. All of my riding has been on the black stuff, so i can't comment on it's off-road ability.
It's easy to service, has heaps of ground clearance, and you can stand up on the pegs while you ride if you need to stretch your legs for 5 mins.
It's a lot cheaper than it's sports touring alternatives.
Great for long rides, and also a bit of fun to fang around the twisties.. this bike isnt' superb at any 1 thing.....
I love this bike so far. I test rode many in the lead up to buying and came close to buying others, but when I sat down with my criteria, firstly something that would do many things and meet a variety of user challenges, nothing else came close for the dollars. I put a top box on, ($150- pre-delivery) and my first thousand k's comprises of three long run-in rides. The bike opens up beautifully now that it's not restricted to 4,500 rpm. It has phenomenal engine braking. I'm guessing with aftermarket mufflers it would sound fantastic. It is...very involving to ride, it takes real subtlety to ride smoothly (still working on that) so it's not like a straight four. At the end of my test ride I didn't take any convincing from the dealer, the demo bike had done it's job, and I just get fonder and fonder of this bike. The engine is superb, the muted V Twin rumble. Handling is surprisingly good, very nimble for a large, tall bike. Two up braking doesn't seem so sharp, but it always stops in time (so far!) and then again the bike is still very new. (just clocked up 1000 k's) And it's a good looking bike, gets comments at bike stops and cafes, people all seem to have heard good things about them! Justifiably so. Nothing yet. As a caution though, it is a tall bike. I'm six feet tall (181cm) and it's a comfortable reach to the ground on the flat, but if the ground's sloping away care is needed. Oh, I did just think of a dislike - no centre stand and as an option it's about $360- plus fitting. Seems to be a trend to put out bikes without centre stands, I can understand it on track bikes, but not on a roadie and certainly not on something that's designed to do all roads and presumably will go on roads where a puncture is more likely.
Questions & Answers
For the 2018 Suzuki V Strom 1000 xt they recommend you use 95 octane fuel. Is this necessary or can you get away with ulp instead.
No the high comp motor will hate 91, to the point it may fail to run.. Try not to do it even by accident, I have.
Always best to go with the manufacturers recommendation. Running 95 RON does have other advantages in that a lot of the fuel suppliers add fuel system cleaners to their 95 and 98 RON so the fuel system should stay cleaner longer and reduce problems with blocked injectors. I live in a rural area and find that I can get 95 even in a lot of isolated areas now. This was not always the case.
Hello all, I recently got a 2017 DL 1000 and am a bit disappointed with the fuel consumption. what sort of mileage do you blokes get please?
Hi Rosco J.
I am probably not a lot of help as I haven't actually calculated the fuel consumption. However if it is at all helpful, I can usually get 400 km + out of a tank on highway use without being careful with the throttle. I usually sit on around 110 km/h on the highway.
thanks Sonya 1, appreciate it. That's definately better than mine. Oh well.......
Hi Rosco, The 17 model was updated from my 10 model, google Commander fuel system, there are quite few different types around, I got mine through Hole shot in the States, also change the muffler or whole system. I also change the rear sprocket, I add 2 teeth, which made a lot more pleasant to ride
Hi. I`ve had a DL1000 2011 for years and get pretty frustrated with the missing and coughing of the engine at low revs in the first 5 gears .does not seem to happen in top. Has anyone got a solution to this problem apart from fitting a Dyna jet fuel controller which comes from USA? Other than that I love the bike.
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