2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS: First Photos And Specs

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS: First Photos And Specs

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Which is one indication that this is a very road-oriented ADV bike. Front forks are upside-down 43mm items and fully adjustable, but the shock is only adjustable for preload. Wheel sizes remain 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) and wheels are forged aluminum rather than the stronger-but-heavier spoked items you’d need for rugged off-roading.

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

But, V-Strom customers have been buying them for over 10 years not because they’re great off-road, but because they’re practical and versatile and comfortable and fast on it. And there, this new 1,000 will excel. The stock screen is adjustable through three heights and three angles; you can do so using no tools, with just one hand. Other convenience features include a 12v accessory socket located in the cockpit, a remote preload adjuster and an optional luggage system that includes hard panniers and top box. Other options include hand guards, crash protection and high and low seats, as well as a larger windscreen and a center stand — handy for adjusting the bike’s drive chain.

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Four colors will be available, all classy and understated — red, white, black and even a stylish khaki.

All that adds up to a bike which is now 18lbs lighter, torquier, more fuel efficient and which should be more suited to two-up travel and carrying luggage. Stay tuned to RideApart for more V-Strom news and reviews.

Wondering why all ADV bikes come with a non-functional “duck bill?” Suzuki actually invented the feature way back in 1998, with the bizarrely named DR Big.

  • shaun

    I’ve honestly been waiting for the Vstrom to get an update. This is makes all my dreams come true. The V is one of the best all around bikes ever made for money. Hope the newly upgraded engine is as reliable as its predecessor.

    • Stuki

      Wonder what will be the money on this one?

  • Blu E Milew

    Thanks for listing fuel mileage in these things. When writing about bikes, can you guys also list the highway cruising RPM? I think it’s valuable info, and maybe I’m weird about it since my DRZ is geared up and still tops out at 85mph, but it gives insight into highway manners (My car turns 2000rpm at 75mph for example). Definitely plays into the buying equation for me.

    • Bruce Steever

      I know a really good source that publishes radar-corrected highway cruising speeds…

      • Blu E Milew

        What you did there, I see it.

        • Bruce Steever

          Subtle, no?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      This magical talisman gives you complete control over your motorcycle’s gearing.

      • Stuki

        Not on a DR-Z, where the spread between 1st and 5th is too small to measure……

        • Blu E Milew

          Or on a shaft-driven bike.

      • contender

        Burn the witch!

        • jimbo92107

          She turned me into a newt!

  • Vitor Santos

    I am really falling for this bike. A down to earth, no shenanigans big adv bike. It doesn’t have the glamour of the gs (and i hope the price tag) or the multistrada crazy powerfull engine. But they seem to nail all the important points. Torquey engine, low weight (for a big adv bike offcourse), tool free adjust screen, good gas mileage (something that honda missed completly…) traction control and other important useful goodies. With a good price tag i think they will sell loads of these. My only problem is the looks, really not digging that duck face :(

    • Stuki

      I like the lower mounted can compared to the 650. Should help to keep the bike narrow even with panniers. Also, good to see slipper clutch, abs and TC available on a non exotic. Hard to say from the pictures, but I hope the handlebar width will be closer to the 650 than to the S10 and GS. Both for splitting and actual comfort. BMWs obsession with excessively wide bars, which Yamaha uncharacteristically chose to follow with the S10, simply feel awkward to me. The Wee is much better in that regard, yet in no way slower turning. The added wheelbase and swing arm length ought to make it a better two up, heavily loaded bike. Wes claims the latest 650 is the best two up bike he has ever ridden, which I can only imagine coming from the long wheelbase, since the VTvin has most of it’s mass way further back in the chassis than the paralell twin in the S10.

      Just from the specs, it looks like the engineers responsible is very much aware that VStrom buyers and intenders are probably the most relentlessly rational and practical minded bunch in motorcycling. Assuming everything works as well as it reads, this one should serve as a two wheeled all round tool, better than pretty much anything else on the road. Just hope the price doesn’t climb completely out of whack….

  • Bruce Steever

    That fuel mileage has to be miles per UK gallon, but i’d be happy to be wrong…

    • grindz145

      49 doesn’t really seem like that much of a stretch. My much heavier and much older Honda ST1300 does about 41.

      • contender

        Seems lofty. I know it is old, but my TLS only sees 40 mpg when I get waaaay out of the city.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s a straight conversion from KM/L (and I checked I did my math right), but it’s World Motorcycle Test Cycle, which does tend to be unrealistic.

      • Bruce Steever

        Fair enough. We saw 42 from the new Harley Ultra Limited during a long freeway stint, matching their claimed mpg, so it is possible for OEMs to get it right.

        The Honda 500 twins’ mpg figures are silly though, at least with an American on board on American roads.

      • jonoabq

        Until you get the motor properly broken in with a few K’s on it its hard to tell what kind of mileage to expect. I had and old 955i Tiger that easily got 50mpg+ on the highway, in town…not so much, but still over 35. However those numbers were a bit worse when the motor was new…and that motorbike was far, far uglier than this one.

  • noah leger

    My 2004 DL1000 is the best long distance/camping trip machine AND the ugliest bike I’ve ever owned. With a set of Remus cans it even sounds like a proper V-Twin. Nice to see that she’s become much prettier all of a sudden. BTW mine cruises in 6th gear @80mph @5200rpm.

    • jimbo92107

      looks like they’re aiming at even lower hiway rpms with the 2014 model. goodies galore!

      • noah leger

        I’m full of crap. Just took a ride today and top gear @ 80mph is around 4000rpm. Plenty of winding left to go before 9500rpm redline. Regardless the bike is a tank, and so ugly that nobody will likely want to steal it. Perfect.

  • Beale

    I think it looks great.

  • Kevin Boggs

    Nice. I had a Suzuki 450 twin way back when and was impressed by the fit and finish. Traded it for my 1990 Sporty but wish I had the space and money to have kept it plus add to my dream “Tony Stark” stable.

  • Justin McClintock

    Not ready to replace the trusty SV1000 just yet, but if I had to this would be on the short list. Probably a lot better two-up than anything I’ve got right now and maybe, just maybe, not that much slower than the SV. Wondering about actual HP numbers and cost.

  • Stephen Mears

    A proper update. It’s nice to see Suzuki putting out something really new again. The side cases look somewhat slim on the farkled version. Khaki looks photoshopped.

    Also: fully adjustable USD forks, but only pre-load adjustable shock? Wha???

    • roma258

      Wonder what the direct swap possibilities will be for the shock… But yeah, real nice update otherwise. Very curious about the performance of the new motor. Sometimes a relatively small bump in displacement can make a big difference.

    • Stuki

      Your rear shock really ought to be tailored to whether you ride two up or not, which many people will do on the Vee. Particularly on a bike where price is one of it’s strengths, slapping on a shock capable of performing well for anything from a 150lb rider, to two fatsos with luggage, is overkill. Better to pick an “average”, and let those with more exacting demands upgrade.

      the forks, OTOH, is both harder to swap out, and less at the mercy of a given bike’s intended usage.

  • RaymondR

    Relatively light weight? 503lbs BMW 1200gs fueled 504lbs. 16oz sounds heavier than 1lb. Bigger number.

    • Jung

      Yes the old one’s curb weight was 503lbs. But new water-cooled GS weighs 525lbs which is definitely heavier than 2014 Strom. You know water-cooling system adds considerable weight to the engine. And the fact that air-cooled engines are always well-known for their light weight, right? Considering GS uses partial water-cooling system not a full one, it’s not light at all in fact. KTM 1190 Adventure is one of the lightest large displacement adventure machines on the planet and it weighs 507lbs(curb), which makes new Strom’s 503lbs quite impressive. Weight reduction often requires expensive materials and parts, aka overpriced exotic machines. (like KTM, Ducati, etc.) So that’s why Suzuki’s achievement looks impressive on such a budget machine :)

  • William Connor

    Considering I am getting 46-47 from the Tiger 1200 I could see 49 being very realistic out of the Suzuki. I like the look of the bike and how much of an upgrade it is in technology. Had I not just purchased the TEX I would have given this a very good look. What I have not seen is any reference to cruise control, I assume a ride by wire for the traction control. While more power would or could be nice I would prefer a bit more grunt from the twin versus the 150hp, more useable for riding and carrying passengers etc.

  • John

    Seems like all Suzuki ever aims for is “competent”. Also, by “relatively light”, I think you mean for a ” V-strom”, not for an “ADV bike”. Probably the only heavier ones have 1200cc+ and shaft drive. And not all of them, I suspect. Should be a good sport tourer though. This is the kind of 2-wheeled SUV my ex would have wanted had she been into a motorcycle.

    • Stuki

      It’s lighter than the new KTM, and those guys aren’t exactly known for their porky machinery…..

  • grindz145

    It’s an awesome era in motorcycling, when we can be “disappointed” with 100hp :)

  • Joe

    Super excited about this bike. Looking for a replacement for my SV1000.

    MSRP? Any news of the 650 getting a similar makeover?

    • James Boyles

      650 got he makeover first, in 2012.

  • Robert Horn

    A familiar face…

  • Troy J

    My 04 V- is on its 3rd clutch basket. Wonderfully smooth with a new basket, but the vibrations and shuddering starts over at around 5k miles, even with the upgraded basket. If they addressed this problem, I’ll get a ’14.

  • Fava d’Aronne

    Who in his right mind would be disappointed for 100bhp for this type of bike? Seriously. With that off the chest, this bike may be a winner. It will all depends on the price…I used to own a Vstrom 650, and it was a pleasure to tour on it even two-up. This may be just the perfect beast. News re the price?

    • Mykola

      Knowing what a ~30bhp EX250 will do flat out, I think I rarely exceed 60hp, and in regular riding consistently use only a fraction of it.

      • Fava d’Aronne

        Precisely. And yet we hear people talking about 100bhp as if they were crumbles of power.

        • Stuki

          Aside from trackies and a few genuinely fast and reckless fellas, almost everyone I ever hear talking about needing more power, are those that insist on never using more than the bottom third of the bike’s tach. For those guys, a 600 supersport with 130 horses, simply doesn’t have enough power for the street.

  • Master

    My 650 is awesome. Perfect for 2Up touring. Plus great mileage.

    • Stuki

      Perfect for two up, except for where the heck to put luggage, without making the darned bike wide enough to forsake roads for runways.

      • Master

        Luggage works fine on our bike. We tour extensively on it for weeks. No issues.

  • Piglet2010

    Would be nice if Suzuki made this bike with regular sport-touring bodywork, instead of the “ADV” styling that makes it look like Woody Woodpecker.

  • DucMan

    I am very excited about this machine and the new version of the Ninja 1000. Choosing between them to replace my ’04 V-Strom 650 will be difficult.