Suzuki’s top-of-the-line adventure bikes, the V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT were revealed at the Intermot show today. The bikes benefit from a host of updates for 2017, including the addition of Suzuki’s Motion Track Brake and cornering ABS system.
Both variants of the adventure machine get sharper styling for 2017 and utilise the new Motion Track Brake System, which combines information from the machine’s inertial measurement unit (IMU) and wheel speed sensors to allow the ABS to operate and optimise brake pressure when the vehicle is leaned over, as well as in a straight line. The bike features Suzuki’s easy-start system, which debuted on the GSX-S1000, it means the clutch lever no longer needs to be pulled in to start, and just one push of the starter button is required, and the V-Strom 1000 also gets the low-rpm assist function. The three-mode traction control system from the previous generation model remains as is.
According to the company, extensive wind tunnel testing led to the designers giving the V-Strom 1000 a new wind screen, with height and angle adjustment to suit a variety of riders, while hand guards and engine cowling become standard equipment on both the V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT. While the base model features 10-spoke, cast-aluminium wheels, the V-Strom 1000XT uses wire-spoke wheels and DID rims and also gets tapered handlebars.
Both models are available in black and white, as well as a new Champion Yellow, paying homage to the DR Big Dakar racer from the 1990s. The Champion Yellow V-Strom 1000XT also gets gold anodised rims, reminiscent of Suzuki’s championship-winning motocross range.
Suzuki will begin selling the updated 2017 V-Strom 1000 in India soon after its global launch.