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2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT
2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Review

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Introduced in 2002, the V-Strom 1000 expanded the popularity of motorcycles in the adventure-category. When a more proficient V-Strom 1000 debuted in 2014, it was also embraced by riders around the world. To reemphasize the V-Strom’s leadership in this category, Suzuki applies new technology and practical experience to the new 2018 V-Strom 1000XT.

Always a good citizen, this new V-Strom has refined systems to maintain engine performance and great fuel economy while achieving world-wide emission standards. To emphasize Suzuki’s adventure heritage the V-Strom’s exterior has undergone a transformation giving the motorcycle a hint of its lineage and a renewed call for adventure. That fresh styling also contributes to functionality and joins the new Motion Track Anti-lock* & Combined Brake System and other features to bring rider assist technology to a new group of adventure riders.

Like every V-Strom before it, the appeal and value of the 2018 V-Strom 1000XT will be recognized by experienced and enthusiastic riders. If you want to enjoy a trouble-free adventure as well, join them on a V-Strom.

* The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.

* The ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves.

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Key Features

History of V-Strom series

First introducing the V-Strom 1000 in 2002 and attracting a wide variety of riders with its comfortable and enjoyable nature, the new generation adventure-tourer widened its lineup by releasing the V-Strom 650 in 2004, further gaining reputation and fans all over the world.

Although undergoing an update in 2004, the V-Strom 1000 momentarily was dropped from the European lineup due to the Euro 3 regulations in 2008. However, the V-Strom 650 continued to be present and in 2011, received a full-model change revising the engine, fuel supply, suspension, brake system, and updated its style with the newly designed cowling.

In 2013, the fully model changed V-Strom 1000 was re-introduced. Expressing the heritage from the desert racer DR-Z in its design by inheriting the Suzuki-original gBeakh style, the new V-Strom 1000 had largely evolved also with the installation of Suzukifs first traction control system. By this time, the growing adventure-category had roughly formed two classes, the 1200cm3 class and the 650cm3 class. Although increasing the engine capacity to 1037cm3 from the previous 996cm3, the V-Strom 1000 kept its unique capacity to provide the optimum adventure-model balance of ample power, light weight, high fuel economy and maneuverability, earning a reputation especially from experienced riders due to its characteristics. Proving its dependability, durability and its
ability for long distance touring, the UK magazine gBikeh completed a tour from Peterborough, UK to Hamamatsu through Eurasia continent.

As the market for large capacity motorcycles mature, the popularity and demand for models in the adventure-category has grown steadily, and is expected to continue to do so. The V-Strom 650 has been a large success achieving top sales in the 650-800cm3 class, and when the V-Strom 1000 made its return in 2014, it was also welcomed by fans around the world. However, with this category becoming more and more popular with strong competition, the V-Strom series decided this model change for both the 650&1000, updating and renewing the V-Strom brand to further appeal its personality. To emphasize the heritage of adventure models by Suzuki, the exterior has undergone a major change giving the V-Strom a hint of its ancestors and an exhilarated feel for
adventure. The new up to date styling also contributes to functionality, and a new feature for the V-Strom 1000 is the new gMotion Track Brake Systemh system. Both models now correspond to the new Euro 4 regulations while succeeding in heightening the attractions of the brand, appealing to the growing number of experienced and enthusiastic riders.

More Convenience, More Comfort, simply More V-Strom

As this large capacity adventure category evolves, some models have become larger, heavier, and to an extent, radical, putting off some riders from wanting to enjoy these motorcycles. Among these rivals, the V-Strom 1000 has proposed the gSports Adventure Tourerh approach with its 1037cm3 engine size and optimal balance of power, lightness and maneuverability along with a high level
of comfort and a total ease of use. The chassis and engine was engineered focused for on-road long-distance touring use, and has a forgiving character for real life use and even daily commutes. Its comfortable, high-performance, light weight and easy-to-get-on-with character has widely attracted many genuine riders in various riding situations. In this latest model change, the V-Strom 1000
has a new seat and cowling/windscreen design for improved comfort, while adopting the up to date technology gMotion Track Brake Systemh, all resulting in enhancing the convenient and comfortable V-Strom character, which now has a reputation globally. Additionally, a wire-spoke wheel equipped V-Strom 1000XT has joined the lineup, offering another option for the enthusiastic
adventure riders.

Major features:
Running performance
 Powerful yet forgiving V-Twin engine with ample and usable torque from low RPMs.
 Light weight and compact chassis.
 Low seat height and upright handlebars offer a relaxing riding position.
 Fully adjustable suspension on both front and rear.
 3 mode (2modes and off) Traction Control system.
 Newly adopted Motion Track Brake System. NEW

 Smart and easy to attach/detach integrated three-luggage system (optional).
 Understandable and easy to read instrument panel with rich information.
 Newly shaped wind screen with height and angle adjustments. NEW
 12V DC outlet positioned directly under the instrument panel.
 Knuckle covers and engine under cowling now as standardequipment. NEW
 Light operation Suzuki Clutch Assist System equipped with slipper-clutch function.
 Suzuki Easy Start System enabling to start the engine with only one-push of the starter button. NEW
 Low RPM Assist to support clutch engaging and low rpm riding. NEW

Features for pride of ownership
 A new design with an emphasized gbeakh strongly associating with the DR-BIG. NEW
 New tough bodywork by the concept of gTough Gearh. NEW
 Vertically positioned headlights associating with the GSX-R and Hayabusa models.
 Tapered handlebars standard for the V-Strom 1000XT. NEW
 A rich variety of genuine accessories.

Engine design
The four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, 1037cm3 90-degree V-twin engine is designed to perform optimally on various roads that riders will face during long distance touring. Supported by the plush torque which reaches its maximum at only 4000 rpm, this extremely usable and flexible engine will support the rider to enjoy situations such as congested city roads, stone-paved roads, highways, rural roads, and winding passes. By changing the inner components of the exhaust system and matching various engine settings, updating the evaporator and the air injection system, this model change has succeeded in corresponding to the Euro 4 regulations while maintaining the attractive performance character of the V-Strom 1000.



2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Features and Benefits

Liquid-cooled, 1037cc, 90O V-Twin engine delivers strong engine performance while achieving world-wide emissions requirements without any reduction in horsepower.

A new, five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) provides vehicle spacial information to the innovative Motion Track Anti-lock* & Combined Brake System.

New fairing styling retains the vertically stacked headlights, new adjustable windshield, and iconic Suzuki DR-Big styling that brings true adventure style and real-world function.

New spoke-style wheels with tubeless radial dual-purpose tires plus the new, tapered, large diameter handlebars deliver the function that validates their exploration style.

Refined multi-function, illumination-adjustable instrument panel delivers a wide range of vehicle information and aids in selecting the Suzuki Traction Control* system modes.

Sturdy chassis has integrated mounting points for unified Suzuki V-Strom luggage that's is easy to clip on and off, and keeps the motorcycle trim when ready for touring.


The four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1037cc 90-degree V-twin engine is designed to deliver outstanding performance across the entire powerband.

The perfect primary balance provided by the 90-degree L-twin design negates the need for any balancer shafts or rubber mounting as the engine has smooth power pulses.

Pistons were engineered with use of FEM analysis to achieve ideal rigidity and weight.

Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM)-plated cylinder bores are integrated into the upper crankcase for low weight, increased durability, reduced friction and excellent heat dissipation.

Twin throttle bodies with Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system contribute to better throttle response and torque at the low-to-mid RPM range, while still producing peak performance.

The EFI system employs 10-hole injectors on each throttle body to improve fuel atomization for superior combustion efficiency and frugal fuel consumption.

Advanced 32-bit ECM also operates the Automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC) which improves cold starting and stabilizes the engine idle.

The refined, single-silencer exhaust configuration reduces weight and has a lower center of gravity to enhance handling and maneuverability.

Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) servo-controlled butterfly valve in the exhaust mid-pipe helps enhance torque, response and acceleration, especially at low-to-mid rpm range.

The new exhaust has a pair of inline catalyzers, up from a single catalyzer in the prior model, to achieve an effective level of emission control in the while maintaining flow to preserve engine performance.

Updated to match the exhaust changes, the Suzuki Pulsed-secondary AIR-injection (PAIR) system injects fresh air into the exhaust ports to satisfy a variety of US and international emission standards without sacrificing any performance.

State-of-the-art transistorized digital ignition system contributes to a more complete combustion by igniting the mixture at the ideal moment.

Twin iridium type spark plugs are fitted to each cylinder to provide a more condensed and hotter spark yet last longer than convention plugs.

The output of the six-speed, close-ratio transmission is managed by the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS). This system works like a slipper clutch by allowing a small amount of clutch slip to enable smooth down shifts. It also works as an assist clutch to make the lever easier to pull.


The V-Strom's Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)* has been updated with Suzuki's new Motion Track & Combination Brake System. This system aids rider control during sudden braking, even in corners, and will help the rider continue cornering on the originally intended line.

This advanced ABS system adjusts brake pressure during upright riding with other pressure adjustments when the motorcycle is leaning to either side, so the stopping force matches the available traction.

Information about the motorcycle's attitude is continually measured by a BOSCH five-axis IMU. Sensors on the front and rear wheels continually measure speed. The wheel speed and IMU measurements, plus the amount of brake lever or pedal pressure, are calculated by the ABS control unit to instantly adjust the fluid pressure to the brake calipers as required.

Additionally, this combination system can apply rear brake pressure when the front brake pressure reaches a certain point to help stabilize the vehicle. This contributes to increase stability and maneuverability during cornering.

The rider has customary, independent control of the front and rear brakes unless a situation occurs to activate the Anti-lock or combination braking features.

Thanks to the new, advanced ABS control unit, the amount of kickback from anti-lock function to the lever and pedal has been significantly reduced.

*Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

Suzuki's debuted its first motorcycle traction control system** on the V-Strom 1000 ABS, which enables the rider to control the throttle with more confidence in a variety of riding conditions.

The traction control system continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle opening, engine speed, and transmission gear. It quickly reduces engine output when it detects wheel spin by adjusting ignition timing and air delivery.

The rider can select one of three modes (1, 2, and OFF). Modes 1 and 2 differ in terms of sensitivity. Mode 1 has lower sensitivity; it allows a certain degree of rear wheel spin for good road conditions. Mode 2 has higher sensitivity; the system engages traction control sooner and is for poor road conditions.

**The traction control system is not a substitute for the rider's throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Traction control cannot prevent the front wheel from losing grip.


A bold new fairing design is achieved by a straight styling line from the tip of its beak back to the fuel tank. This is a sharp and aggressive refinement of the Suzuki DR-Big inspired appearance.

The height- and angle-adjustable windscreen has a new shape and is 49mm taller. The windscreen was developed through extensive wind-tunnel testing to reduce wind noise and rider fatigue. Suzuki's patented mechanism allows the windscreen angle to be easily adjusted by hand.

New spoke-style wheels feature tough, anodized aluminum rims and stainless steel spokes. Fitted with tubeless dual-purpose radial tires, these strong wheels are compliant enough for real adventure riding.

The advanced chassis is the foundation of a compact, lightweight adventure-ready package that provides comfort and enjoyment to a variety of riders.

The aluminum, twin-spar frame was designed with the latest FEM analysis technology. It is stiffer and 13% lighter than that of the previous generation V-Strom.

The fuel tank keeps its 5.3 gallon capacity but the back portion has been slimmed where it joins the seat for increased rider comfort. The sides of seat use a high-grip texture cover.

The V-Strom's slender chassis, thanks to the narrow V-twin engine design and new thin seat, helps the rider's legs to reach to the ground easier than other models in the class.

43mm KYB inverted front forks provide a sporty yet plush ride in diverse conditions. The front forks have fully adjustable spring preload plus compression and rebound damping force.

The single-shock, link-style rear suspension features rebound damping force adjustment plus remote, hand-operated spring pre-load adjuster.

Tokico mono-block front brake calipers are mated with 310mm floating-mount dual discs are connected to the new Motion Track Anti-lock & Combination Brake system for strong stopping performance.

New, large diameter, tapered style handlebars have handguards with large vibration damper weights.

The lower engine protector is now standard.


The charging system uses a durable, three-phase stator with an open-style regulator/rectifier that reduces mechanical drag and heat while producing higher output at lower engine speeds.

The refined instruments include an analogue tachometer and a brightness-adjustable LCD speedometer. LCD readouts include an odometer, dual trip meters, the gear position, the coolant and ambient temperatures, the voltage, the riding range, the average fuel consumption, the instantaneous fuel consumption, the traction control mode, a fuel gauge, and a clock.

LED indicators include ABS and Traction Control alerts, plus a freeze warning icon. This alert, together with the air temperature display, warns of possible icy road conditions.

The rider can switch between traction control modes and LCD readings using the left handlebar switch. The left switch can now reset the trip meter using the left handlebar switch.

12V DC outlet is conveniently located below the instrument panel. The SAE socket is ideal for powering a GPS unit or charging mobile devices.

The bright, halogen 65/55W headlights have the distinctive vertical configuration seen on the Hayabusa and GSX-R sportbikes.

Rear tail and brake light uses LEDs, which offer higher visibility and greater durability than bulbs.

The turn signals use bright, incandescent amber bulbs with clear lenses for superb visibility in traffic.


A wide variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for V-Strom owners are available including luggage, heated grips, auxiliary lights, high and low profile seats, case guards, and a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.

Additional lock tumblers that match the bike's ignition key are included so you can add Suzuki accessory luggage and have the convenience of one-key operation.

12-month limited warranty. Additional length coverage and other benefits are available through Suzuki Extended Protection.



2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in USD

Engine 1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90-degree V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.937 in x 2.598 in)
Compression Ratio 11.3 : 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Drive Train
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Tokico 4-piston calipers, Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Nissin, 2-piston, Disc single
Tires Front 110/80R-19 M/C 59V, tubeless
Tires Rear 150/70R-17 M/C 69V, tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 20.0 L (5.3 US gallons)
Color TBA
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Headlight 12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)
Tail Light LED
Overall Length TBA
Overall Width TBA
Wheelbase TBA
Ground Clearance TBA
Seat Height TBA
Curb Weight TBA
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Coverage extension and additional benefits are available.



2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

Type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC 90-degree V-Twin
Displacement 1037cc
Bore x Stroke 100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.937 in x 2.598 in)
Compression Ratio 11.3 : 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection, SDTV-equipped
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Traction Control Three mode Traction Control System (1, 2, and OFF)
ABS Suzuki's Motion Track & Combination Brake System
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Overall Length TBA
Overall Width TBA
Overall Height TBA
Wheelbase TBA
Ground Clearance TBA
Seat Height TBA
Curb Mass TBA
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Tokico 4-piston calipers, Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Nissin, 2-piston, Disc single
Tires Front 110/80R-19 M/C 59V, tubeless
Tires Rear 150/70R-17 M/C 69V, tubeless
Fuel Tank 20.0 L
Standard Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty


2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT - European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Dimensions and Weights

Overall length: 2285mm (90in)
Overall width: 865mm (34.1in)
Overall height: 1410mm (55.5in)
Wheelbase: 1555mm (61.2in)
Seat height: 850mm (33.5in)
Kerb Mass: 228.0kg (502.7lbs)
Fuel capacity: 20.0litres (4.4 UK gallons)
Ground clearance: 165mm (6.5in)

Engine Specifications

Engine capacity: 1037cc
Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
Bore: 100.0mm x 66.0mm (3.9 in x 2.6 in)
Compression ratio: 11.3 : 1
Ignition: Electric
Fuel system: Fuel injection
Starter: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Drive: Chain
Power: 74.00kW @ 8000rpm (100.61ps)†
Torque: 101.00N.m @ 4000rpm (74.49lb.ft)†

Chassis Specification

Front suspension: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes: Disc, twin
Rear brakes: Disc
Front tyres: 110/80R19M/C 59V
Rear tyres: 150/70R17M/C 69V

†Power and torque conversions to imperial/metric units (in brackets) are approximate and included as a guide only.

V-Strom 1000XT Colours
YU1 Champion Yellow No.2V
Glass Sparkle Black - YVBV
Pearl Glacier White - AJX


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