After teasing us for months, Suzuki has finally unveiled the production version of its all-new V-Strom 1000 ABS, which loses 18 pounds and gains a bored out 1037cc v-twin engine. With a claimed wet weight of 501 pounds, considering the large 5.3 gallon gas tank, the big V-Strom will be quite light for a large displacement adventure tourer (with dry weight in the neighborhood of 450 pounds).
Displacement is increased from the prior engine thanks to a 2mm increase in bore. The bike also gets revised transmission ratios and a slipper clutch for 2014. Adjustable suspension and very beefy, four-piston radial-mount front brake calipers address a couple of issues with the older model.
Suzuki is going for the “sweet spot” in terms of engine displacement and size. Many competitors are well over 1000cc in displacement. Presumably, the V-Strom 1000 ABS will be cheaper than some of the competition as well. Don’t think the new V-Strom will be short on features, however, as it incorporates sophisticated traction control and extremely extensive information from its instrument panel. It even gets a convenient dash-mounted power outlet.
Four colors are available, including black, red, white and the khaki shown. We don’t know U.S. MSRP at this point, or when the bike will be available in showrooms.
Embedded below is the full brochure published by Suzuki today, and here is a link to the V-Strom 1000 ABS web site.