2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT ABS Review

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

 

 

GO FAR, GO BIG.

 

Combining the premium experience with real world usability, the relaxing luxury will let you soar out on your adventures. All you need.

Introduced in 2002, the V-Strom 1000 expanded the popularity of motorcycles in the adventure-category. When a more proficient V-Strom 1000 ABS 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 equipment, 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.

*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.

 

Go Far, Go Big

Plentiful power to conquer the steep mountain passes with a pillion rider, yet still putting a grin on your face with its exciting sportiness. State-of-the-art technology, always there to support a difficult task. Comfort to go on and on, and on. Combining the premium experience with real world usability, the relaxing luxury will let you soar out on your adventures. All you need. V-Strom 1000XT.

 

Irresistible Power

The V-Strom 1000XT is driven by a powerful and versatile 90-degree, DOHC, V-Twin. The strong, rider-friendly nature of this engine gives effortless acceleration no matter what the riding situation or the presence of a pillion rider. The 101PS maximum output at 8,000rpm will give the rider an exciting riding experience.

 

XT Extras

With two V-Strom 1000 variants available, as standard the V-Strom 1000XT is fitted with wire spoke wheels for better shock absorption and comfort, as well as tapered handlebars for a more off-road look.

 

Optimally Balanced Frame

The V-Strom 1000XT is built on a slim, twin-spar aluminium frame, providing a smooth ride, and a sporty riding experience when pushed hard. The aluminium swingarm is set to a length to provide straight line stability and cornering stability at a high level. The bike feels reassuringly steady at high speeds even when it’s fully loaded with luggage and a pillion.

 

Suspension and Wheels

A 19 inch wheel on the front and 17 on the rear provides a premium balance of stability and nimbleness to cope well with all riding situations. The V-Strom 1000XT adopts tubeless tyres with wire-spoke wheels. The wire-spoke wheels absorb shock from the road better due to the flexible character of spokes, and resulting in a softer riding feel, providing the rider with further comfort and exhilarated riding pleasure. Black anodised 43mm inverted front forks and a dial adjustable rear shock absorber help to ensure great road holding and a smooth, comfortable ride.

 

Excellent Flow

The effective windscreen on the V-Strom 1000XT uses a ratchet gear mechanism allowing the rider to easily choose from three angles. No tools are necessary and the ideal position can be selected by simply pushing the windscreen by one hand, even with gloves on. The height of the screen can also be set to three pre-set positions using four bolts. The new screen has an improved design 49mm taller and with a smaller curve on the tip section, resulting in less wind blast, turbulence, noise to the helmet, and a clearer view.

 

Adventure

Reducing the wind blast to the hands of the rider and providing comfort especially in the rain or cold weather, the once optional Knuckle Covers are now standard to support harsh condition riding. Comfort and accurate control to the levers shall further improve by installing the optional Grip Heaters for long distance rides in severe conditions. The Under Cowling is also standard to give the rider that extra adventure feel.

 

Advanced Rider Technology

The V-Strom 1000XT is equipped with some of the most advanced rider technology available, including a Motion Track Brake System¹, Advanced Traction Control System², Low RPM Assist and Suzuki Easy Start System.

 

Tough Gear

By adding the new design concept “Tough Gear” to the existing “Wild and Smart”, the new V-Strom 1000XT now has an updated look, mainly in the upper cowling, in kin to its 645cc brother bringing the V-Strom family together. Suzuki’s original “Beak” style has been further emphasised by making it a straight line from the tip to the top of the tank, expressing the DNA from the DR-BIG and the desert racer DR-Z. The newly designed double stitched seat has a sense of quality, and the tandem area is parallel with the rear carrier providing a large flat space to securely strap large baggage when needed. Champion yellow is a new colour for the V-Strom 1000XT, relating to the off-road racing scene of Suzuki.

 

Clean and Clear

The easy to see and easy to operate/understand instrument cluster provides rich information to the rider. It incorporates a big analogue tachometer and large digital readouts for the gear position and speedometer. The digital section below displays the odometer, twin-trip meter, clock, fuel level, coolant temperature, ambient temperature⁴, battery voltage, range on remaining fuel, average and instantaneous fuel consumptions, and traction-control modes.

 

 

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Where the horizon ends, the adventure begins. Whether it’s a long-distance quest or a short-distance journey, the V-Strom is the versatile machine designed for the spirit of discovery.

Liquid-cooled, 1037cc, 90-degree 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 special information to the innovative Motion Track Anti-lock* & Combined Brake System.

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.

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 adventure styling.

Standard equiped with Hand Guards and Under Cowl.

 

 

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

 

Engine Features
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.

Advanced Electronic Features
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 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.

Chassis Features
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.

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

Handguards with larger handlebar vibration damper weights and a lower engine protector are now standard.

Electrical Features
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.

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.

Additional Features
Optional : 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 unlimited mileage, limited warranty. Coverage length can be increased and benefits added via Suzuki Extended Protection.

*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 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $13299 USD

Engine

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

Chassis

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     Glass Sparkle Black & Champion Yellow

Electrical

Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

Headlight             12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)

Tail Light              LED

Dimensions

Overall Length   2280 mm (89.8 in.)

Overall Width    930 mm (36.6 in.)

Overall Height   1470 mm (57.9 in.)

Wheelbase         1555 mm (61.2 in.)

Ground Clearance            165 mm (6.5 in.)

Seat Height         850 mm (33.5 in.)

Curb Weight       232 kg (511 lbs.)

Warranty

Warranty             12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Coverage extension and additional benefits are available.

 

 

 

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $14099 CDN

Engine
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)
ELECTRONICS
Traction Control Three mode Traction Control System (1, 2, and OFF)
ABS Suzuki’s Motion Track & Combination Brake System
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Chassis
Overall Length 2280 mm (89.8 in.)
Overall Width 930 mm (36.6 in.)
Overall Height 1470 mm (57.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1555 mm (61.2 in.)
Ground Clearance 165 mm (6.5 in.)
Seat Height 850 mm (33.5 in.)
Curb Mass 232 kg (511 lbs.) *V-Strom1000 ABS
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
Warranty
Standard Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty

 

 

2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £9999 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Dimensions and Weights

Overall length 2280mm (89.76in) Overall width 930mm (36.61in)
Overall height 1470mm (57.87in) Wheelbase 1555mm (61.22in)
Ground clearance 165mm (6.50in) Seat height 850mm (33.46in)
Kerb mass 233.0kg (513.68lbs) Fuel capacity 20.0 litres (4.4UK gallons)

Engine Specifications

Engine capacity 1037cc Engine 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-Twin
Bore 100.0mm x 66.0mm (3.9in x 2.6in) Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
Lubrication Wet-sump Ignition Electronic ignition
Fuel system Fuel injection Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Drive Chain Starter Electric
MPG* 58.85 CO2 112 g/km
Power 74.0kW @ 8000rpm (101PS) Torque 101.00Nm @ 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

 

 

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