Suzuki has announced an entirely new street model for its U.S. line-up, the 2002 DL 1000 V-Strom. Suzuki calls the V-Strom a “sport enduro tourer” . . . a versatile machine in the nature of the adventure tourers popular in Europe.
The V-Strom has a very modern and powerful engine coupled with an extremely lightweight but rigid chassis. Utilizing the proven TL 1000 motor (displacing 996cc) and coupling it with the latest fuel injection technology (similar to the fuel injection featured on Suzuki’s GSX-R sportbikes), the V-Strom promises to be an enjoyable ride.
Weighing in at just 456 pounds, the V-Strom is lighter than most sport tourers, and the lightest of the large adventure touring machines.
With a six speed transmission, and a 5.8 gallon fuel tank, the V-Strom should be an excellent tourer, as well (although mounting saddlebags may be a challenge given the muffler location). Relatively long suspension travel (6.3 inches front and 6.4 inches rear) coupled with an upright seating position and a reasonably protective fairing give the V-Strom the features favored by many European riders in their adventure touring machines.
Suzuki kept the V-Strom’s weight down by employing a light, sportbike-type aluminum-alloy, twin-spar frame, aluminum swingarm, cast aluminum alloy wheels, an ultra-thin instrument cluster and, of course, the TL 1000-derived powerplant (which was designed to be lightweight and compact from the start).