The way our Suzuki rep ’splained it, is that it’s a 2018 model if it’s being produced in 2017. Go figure… anyway, the V-Strom 1000 was new in 2015. For 2018, it’s received a few significant upgrades to make it even more likeable, not to mention safer, including the addition of the new 1000XT version in the lead image.
Both bikes get a restyled fairing that looks much like the old one to our eyes, but with a new bigger, still adjustable windshield that’s 49mm taller than before and reshaped, via wind tunnel, for smoother airflow.
Fine, you say, but what’s the bottom line? Well sir, the base model carries an MSRP of $12,699. The XT is $300 more, $12,999. That’s $300 less than the cheapest Honda Africa Twin, and reeks of a bargain in what’s become a hotly contested market segment, really, and for good reason.
More details to follow in our ride report next week.
|Specifications||2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000||2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT|
|Engine||1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90-degree V-Twin||1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90-degree V-Twin|
|Bore x Stroke||100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.937 in x 2.598 in)||100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.937 in x 2.598 in)|
|Compression Ratio||11.3 : 1||11.3 : 1|
|Fuel System||Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped||Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped|
|Lubrication||Wet sump||Wet sump|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh||6-speed constant mesh|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate type||Wet, multi-plate type|
|Suspension Front||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension Rear||Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped||Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes Front||Tokico 4-piston calipers, Disc, twin||Tokico 4-piston calipers, Disc, twin|
|Brakes Rear||Nissin, 2-piston, Disc single||Nissin, 2-piston, Disc single|
|Tires Front||110/80R-19 M/C 59V, tubeless||110/80R-19 M/C 59V, tubeless|
|Tires Rear||150/70R-17 M/C 69V, tubeless||150/70R-17 M/C 69V, tubeless|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||20.0 L (5.3 US gallons)||20.0 L (5.3 US gallons)|
|Color||Pearl Glacier White||Glass Sparkle Black & Champion Yellow|
|Ignition||Electronic ignition (Transistorized)||Electronic ignition (Transistorized)|
|Headlight||12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)||12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)|
|Overall Length||2280 mm (89.8 in.)||2280 mm (89.8 in.)|
|Overall Width||930 mm (36.6 in.)||930 mm (36.6 in.)|
|Overall Height||1470 mm (57.9 in.)||1470 mm (57.9 in.)|
|Wheelbase||1555 mm (61.2 in.)||1555 mm (61.2 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm (6.5 in.)||165 mm (6.5 in.)|
|Seat Height||850 mm (33.5 in.)||850 mm (33.5 in.)|
|Curb Weight||232 kg (511 lbs.)||232 kg (511 lbs.)|
|Warranty||12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Coverage extension and additional benefits are available.||12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Coverage extension and additional benefits are available.|