What do you think of when you hear, “Suzuki?”
The most likely answers to pop into your head would be the Gixxer or Hayabusa. Suzuki has always been known to make pretty badass sport bikes anyway!
Although the DL1000 otherwise known as the V-Strom has had its own cult of followers, a lack of updates over the years have slowly pushed it into the shadows. However, with the all- new DL1000, Suzuki has managed to let its fresh take on a modern adventure bike take centre stage once again.
The adventure market is a growing segment of the motorcycle industry. It seems most want large displacement bikes, hence the 1000-1200 cc portion of this segment being where most manufacturers have a product. There is plenty of competition at this level of the adventure market: from the KTM 1190 Adventure R to the Triumph Tiger to the Aprilia Caponord and the BMW GS, if you run a complete gradient of bikes from dirt to street or from enduro to sport/ touring under the adventure umbrella.
The DL1000 makes its stand by having the best price to performance ratio among its competition. We’ll find out why in MCA Issue #45!
Bottom-line is that if you are planning to use this bike for hardcore off-road use, you might be a little disappointed. The DL1000’s low ground clearance is a dead giveaway that Suzuki probably intended for this bike to be more of a “adventure tourer” that would be able to see you through roads in bad condition and the occasional dirt roads. Our test unit was kitted with the full suite of original Suzuki accessories such as panniers, knuckle guards, LED turn signals, a lower plastic cowling, LED fog lamps, crash bars, protective tank stickers and a mainstand. It’s almost as though Suzuki predicted all the touring upgrades that you would make if you bought the basic model and decided to help you save the hassle by offering these upgrades into one cost-efficient upgrade package when you buy the bike.
At under $30K (Singapore dollars) the DL1000 is hard to ignore, for you get a bike that’ll do everything you could ask of it with relative ease (apart from a track day in the fast group, perhaps). In these ridiculous COE times, a cheap, real world motorcycle such as this is a breath of fresh air. The DL1000 would be a cheaper alternative to the expensive continental makes and would also give the Kawasaki Versys and the Honda Crossrunner a good run for their money.
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