Seriously a dirt bike magazine reviewing a vstrom - if anyone ask for evidence of advertising $$$ influencing contents- this is it.
ADB (Australasian Dirt Bike) Magazine just did a review of the Tenere's (660 & 1200) and have also previously done a review of the DL650L2 model when it came out.
The Strom falls squarely into the motorcycle adventure category (whether or not the individual owner decides to take it off the road, or just stick to the black stuff) so it's natural that a "dirt" bike magazine gives it a review.
If you think that this is advertising dollars/influence at work, you are absolutely correct.
Suzuki has a job. That job is to sell motorcycles. If they decide to give the journalists/writers/testers of a dirt bike magazine a bike to review, so that the exposure for the new V-Strom 1000 is maximised across all the genres of motorcycling, not just the road/touring segment, than great
This could easily backfire on them, but it appears in this case that the bike held it's own and gets a great review on it's limited off-road capabilities. Many journalists these days won't hold back if they don't like something, as evidenced by some UK reviews recently.
The more diverse riders that see this bike the better, means more sales. More sales means much more choices in accessories, aftermarket parts etc..