Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto, Canada
Took it for a test ride
I took the new Strom out for about a 70km test ride today, and I have to say I am very impressed. Below are a few thoughts in comparison to my previous 2011 Vstrom 650 and current 2013 MultiStrada:
1. Power - Obviously less power than the Multi, but plenty of get up and go. Crack that throttle and she moves!! Not "I want to dislocate your shoulders" kind of power like the Multi, but it sure goes well. In fact, for someone with my level of skill, it is probably a bike you can have just as much fun on, if not more, because you can wring its neck without facing instant death, which is always fun.
2. Breaks - FANTASTiC. The breaks are, in my opinion, better than the Brembos on my Multi. Lots of bite and stops you very well. The other thing I noted is there is very little dive under breaking, which was a big thing on the Wee.
3. Sound - Still sounds like a Strom, and I love that. Would love to hear it with a Akropovic pipe.
4. Character - When I got back on the Multi I realised just how much soul that bike has, having said that, I did have a few moments that I LOL (literally) in my helmet while riding the Strom. I just love these bikes.
5. Ergos - Seat is comfy, bars are perfect, really nice to stand up on the pegs, even the screen was half decent in the lowest position. It was 32 C and I got HOT, and immediately cooled down when I got back on the Multi which has a short CF screen. So that indicated to me the screen provides a decent amount of protection.
6. Gearbox - Loved it, better than on the Multi. Light, direct, really good. Clutch is also light.
7. Suspension - Not as good as my standard (i.e. non electronic) Multi's, but not far behind. And, at the same time, a MASSIVE improvement over what it was on the old Wee. I am 100kg, and the suspension felt really good, no need to do any further work on that.
8. Steering - Definitely a lot slower than the Multi, but stable and light. I think it has a lot to do with the 17" vs 19" front wheel. Also, Multi definitely has a tighter turning circle.
9. Balance - Really well balanced. Definitely better than the old Wee, and on par with the Multi. It is very easy to crawl along at 1kph in traffic.
So, in summary, will I go out and sell my 12 month old Multi with 16,000km on it tomorrow to buy a Strom. No. However, if it got stolen for instance, and I had to replace the bike, I would more than likely buy the Strom, I think it is the perfect bike for me and for what I do with them. It is also a hell of a lot less expensive. I think Suzuki has done a great job with this bike, and they will sell many of them.