Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Introduction
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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UPDATE: V-Strom 1000 ABS Price and Info Below
October 16, 2013 - Suzuki introduced the 2014 V-Strom 1000 ABS today at the
inaugural AIMExpo show in Orlando, Florida.
I'll have more photos and info coming up on this, our 2014 webBikeWorld project bike!
Dealers will start to take orders in November with deliveries commencing in April (see note below); we hope to get one of the first and let the farkling begin!
In the meantime, here's a quick video I took and a few pics.
This is sure to be a popular bike, so if you have any questions about it you'd like to have answered, let me know because the Suzuki designers and engineers are here.
We'll have lots more on this bike, of course. By the way, I can touch the ground -- with my toes anyway -- even with my 30" inseam. The seating position feels exactly like my '98 Triumph Tiger "Steamer" (blog), one of the first webBikeWorld "project bikes".
And another by the way: not many people know that Suzuki invented the "beak", not BMW. See the Suzuki DR Big (info).
UPDATE: Suzuki said that the dealer network will start taking orders in November, production has started and bikes will be shipped in March. Deliveries will start in April 2014. 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS specifications on the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS website.
More: Here's a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS .pdf brochure.
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Publication Date: October 16, 2013
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Questions and Answers:
- Can ABS be switched off or adjusted in any way for off-pavement riding?
A: TCS has 2 modes and can be switched off. ABS can not be switched off.
- Base pricing USA and Canada?
A: UPDATE (November 2013): U.S. price for the DL1000 is said to be $12,699.00. An SE V-Strom 1000 Adventure model will list for $13,999.00. It will include saddlebags, windscreen, hand guards, crash bar and aluminum bash plate. Colors will include Glass Sparkle Black as standard or the Adventure option package can be installed by the dealer on the Candy Daring Red or Glass Desert Khaki versions. UK pricing said to be £9,999.00 (incl. VAT). Canada: $11,999.00 and $12,999.00 for the SE.
- Seat heights - standard and low seat?
A: 820 mm (32.3") or 855 mm (33.6") options in Europe.
- Spoked wheels to become available for off-road?
Suzuki said no. My feeling is that the bike is on-road only, like the Multistrada, despite the press hype.
- What is the power output in Watts?
- Suzuki said it's not defined yet; prototypes are still being tested.
- What grade of gasoline does it require?
- Suzuki doesn't know yet whether 90 octane will be required in Europe, U.S. or both.
- Does Suzuki have test ride bikes there at the show? If so is your mole going for a test ride?
- No, the two bikes at the show are late prototypes from Europe. The bikes aren't even in production yet.
- Front/rear balance of the bike? What was their target and achievement?
- V-Stroms up to now have targeted rather lightweight rider so many of us have had to "upgrade" the suspension. [I did and I only weigh 150]. What is the target load and do the shock and forks have more headroom than the past models?
- Don't know, will ask but I have a feeling we won't get a clear answer on this.
From "J.B." (October 2013): "Thanks for your post on the webBikeWorld website. I am sure you are hearing from many 'Strommers… the big question is: Price!… Thanks for your info, and I will be keeping an eye out for further posts…"
Rick's Reply: I did ask, no MSRP set yet but I'll keep after them to find out!