Conquers All Roads
Testing Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000 in the Oregon Backcountry
Cars : Motorcycles By Matt Neundorf on 7.14.15 Photo by Sung Han
With a leg over, the V-Strom felt immediately familiar. The ergonomics mimic the positioning of most adventure bikes and are set almost perfectly for my six-foot frame. The bars are wide and sit just below shoulder height and the saddle is large enough to move around on without upsetting balance. As I turned the key, flicked the kill switch and thumbed the ignition, it sounds familiar too. The all-new 1,037cc V-twin engine is a milder tuned, torquier, more efficient version of the 996cc engine from previous generations. A direct descendent of the power plant that earned the TL1000R “widowmaker” status back in 1998, its the same mill that hangs in the trellis framed SV1000s sitting in my garage at home. Like having drinks with a best friend, we find our rhythm immediately.