MSRP: $15,712 (as examined)
Odometer: four,253 mi.
Final August we took supply of a 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT ($13,299), with the XT figuring out it as barely tarted up with tubeless spoked wheels and a Renthal Fats Bar handlebar, for simply $300 over the bottom mannequin. We put it right into a comparability take a look at with its ’lil brother, the V-Strom 650XT, and the choice was very shut, however the 1000’s additional energy and superior suspension and brakes (together with cornering ABS) beat out the 650’s decrease weight and seat peak and extra agile dealing with (see Rider, November 2018 or ridermagazine.com).
Our 1000XT was outfitted with some helpful Suzuki equipment, together with aspect circumstances (29-liter left, 26-liter proper), a 55-liter high case, a 15-liter ring lock tank bag, an adjunct bar and a centerstand, for an as-tested worth of $15,712. For 2019, the XT has been changed by the XT Journey ($15,299), which incorporates the accent bar, centerstand, heated grips and 37-liter aluminum panniers, and it is available in a candy Pearl Vigor Blue/Pearl Glacier White paint scheme with matching blue rims.
After our comparability take a look at, contributor Ken Lee loaded up the Strom and did a 1,400-mile, two-up tour along with his spouse round California’s Sierra Nevada (see Rider, Might 2019 or ridermagazine.com). Then he did a solo 800-mile freeway blast as much as Oregon and again. Since then we’ve used the Strom primarily for commuting and day rides. We’ve logged four,253 miles and averaged 38.four mpg (low 32.three, excessive 47.6), for an estimated vary of 204 miles.
The V-Strom has been a strong workhorse and our complaints are few. The accent tank bag doesn’t snap into its ring lock prefer it ought to, so we have now to open the bag, put our hand on high of the ring and push exhausting to make it lock—a problem when the bag is stuffed with gear. And on lengthy journeys we’ve wished for cruise management, which should be normal on touring bikes on this worth vary. In any other case, although, the V-Strom will get excessive marks for competence, dependability, worth and flexibility, whether or not it’s used as a commuter, sport-touring bike or 80/20 journey tourer.