"V-strom" Translated Into English
So for some reason I decided to enter "Strom" into Google Translate and see what it would come up with. "Strom" is German. Directly translated into English it means "Electricity". Also, when used in different context, means, "Current", "Stream", "Power", "Flux", "River", and "Torrent". (Notice the water and electric theme). Some of my friends who spoke German-but not a German Native-confirmed this.
But the other day when I was talking about how Suzuki gave the V-Strom it's name, I had the idea to translate "Strom" from German to Japanese-once again with Google translate-and this yielded one result. That being "Genzai" (I think it's pronounced "Gen-zeye" with a soft "G"). I then translated "Genzai" from Japanese into English and the end result being, "Current" (adjective). Other synonyms being "Present", "Nowadays", and "Modern Times".
To me, this makes more sense. I own a K6 (2006) and about that time-give or take a few years-digital dashes, fuel injection, and other components were just beginning to become very popular if not factory standard on most motorcycles. So naming a motorcycle "Current" that has modern components would make a lot more sense.
In summary, “V-Strom” translates to “V Twin-Current” (As in “Current time). I didn't do a whole lot of research since I need to study for the next college year, so feel free to confirm or contradict this information.
Fun fact: I named my V-Strom "Vele" (Pronounced "Vel-leh" ) after the "V" for "V-Twin" and "ele" or "Electricity" (Which is what I thought the translation was at the time).