2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Test Drive

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Test Drive The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 was first introduced in 2002; it got its V-Strom name by the “V” of its 996cc V-twin engine, and the German word “Strom” which translates roughly to power. The V-Strom 1000 has had a great deal of success in America, but it has not been sold here since 2009.

Currently the V-Strom comes in two variations: the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and the Suzuki V-Strom 650, which differ only in the displacement of its engine. The V-Strom 1000 is powered by a 996cc V-Twin engine as used in the decommissioned Suzuki TL1000R sportbike and TL1000S street bike, while the V-Strom 650 shares the 645cc V-Twin from the SV650 and Gladius models. Both engines feature liquid-cooling and high efficiency 8-valve cylinder heads. Other similarities include six-speed transmissions, comfortable upright ergonomics, excellent wind protection and a large fuel tank making the V-Strom an excellent companion for extended motorcycle rides.

The suspension system is still comprised of a cartridge-style 43mm front fork with adjustable preload and a link-type rear suspension with adjustable rebound damping and preload. Both offer 6.3 inches of travel.Stopping power is provided by twin-piston calipers with a 310mm rotor up front and a single-piston caliper gripping a 260mm rotor at the rear. Unlike with the 650 version, the V-Strom 1000 models will not be offered with ABS.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Specs:
• Bore Stroke: 98.0 mm (3.858 in) x 66.0 mm (2.598 in)
• Compression Ratio: 11.3 : 1
• Engine: 996 cc (60.8 cu. In), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin 9
• Fuel System: Fuel injection
• Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
• Lubrication: Wet sump
• Starter:Electric
• Brakes Front: Disc brake, twin
• Brakes Rear: Disc brake
• Curb Weight: 238 kg (525 lbs) (Adventure, TBD)
• Final Drive: RK525 SMOZ7, 112 link
• Fuel Tank Capacity: 22 L (5.8/4.8 US/Imp gal)
• Ground Clearance: 165 mm (6.5 in)
• Overall Length: 2295 mm (90.4 in)