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post #1 of 34 Old 01-30-2014, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcyclist Mag review. 3 out of 5 stars

Roland Brown gives a First Ride of the new Vstrom here...
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 | FIRST RIDE
It seems the print version is shorter or different than the web version. Anyway, in the magazine he says its still not within site of the class leaders. I don't ever think the big Vstrom was ever tryng to be a $20k glamour digital machine. It always seemed to be the basic big bore ADV bike without many frills, affordable to the middle class demographic.

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Roland Brown gives a First Ride of the new Vstrom here...
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 | FIRST RIDE
It seems the print version is shorter or different than the web version. Anyway, in the magazine he says its still not within site of the class leaders. I don't ever think the big Vstrom was ever tryng to be a $20k glamour digital machine. It always seemed to be the basic big bore ADV bike without many frills, affordable to the middle class demographic.

Reads like BMW snobs wrote it.
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Don't be so hard on this so-called journalist. He must be extremely perceptive to have written this: "Its beaky styling and 19-inch front wheel suggest that the Strom is a dual-purpose bike, built for dirt as well as asphalt. The fact that we've just ridden almost 200 miles on the road, without venturing onto the trails that cross this part of southern Spain, suggests otherwise." Wow! No where in the review is there even a hint of off-road evaluation.

Instead his finely tuned intuitive senses allow him to conclude it has no off road capabilities without even venturing off the pavement. Maybe the low MSRP helped him to reach that conclusion? If the author continues in this direction he may well be able to write reviews without even riding the bike. Maybe visit a trade show, sit on one, collect some pics & data and go home to write the review from his comfortable desk while wearing pajamas?
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Motorcyclist Mag had this to say about the brand new V-Strom 1000 back in 2003:

"Suzuki wasn't interested in letting us try the bike in an off-road situation, so we'll have to presume it's like the others in the genre; not great in the dirt, but certainly capable enough on fire roads and wide trails where the surface is smooth." Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom - Road Test & Review - Motorcyclist Online

This time, Motorcyclist's main criticism goes this way:

"Its beaky styling and 19-inch front wheel suggest that the Strom is a dual-purpose bike, built for dirt as well as asphalt. The fact that we've just ridden almost 200 miles on the road, without venturing onto the trails that cross this part of southern Spain, suggests otherwise."


More than a few Vee owners over the last 11 years might have something to say about its ability to do pretty well for itself off the tarmac. I suspect that in the next 11 years, there'll be quite a few more owners (myself included I hope) saying the same thing.

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I agree, dkayak1. A lot of presumption on the writers' part, both now and 11 years ago.
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The funny thing is, the 1190 ADV North American press ride was an asphalt-only ride as well, but without the presumptuous, negative off-road commentary.

So far, the actual off-roading V-Strom comments seem encouraging and in line with most riders' expectations.
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I like the review. It's about a (comparatively) affordable, fun and much improved bike. If the reviewer is less than enthusiastic about it after he's ridden the best... who wouldn't be? If it were $800 less the enthusiasm might return. Mine would anyway.

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It is still going to be a good seller, because it is a great all around bike.

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I've read several reviews and they keep comparing apples to oranges. They should not be comparing the STROM against 150hp bikes with price tags hitting $20k.

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you guys are so damn funny.
If he had lavished praise on it he'd be the greatest moto journalist that ever lived.

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