Power remains the same for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 at 101 BHP @ 8000 RPM, but while meeting Euro 4 regs, torque has dropped a fraction to 75 lb-ft @4000 RPM, from 76lb-ft. Most noteworthy though is the addition of the Motion Track cornering ABS brake system, which uses a five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to regulate the brakes based on pitch, yaw and roll. These brakes are also combined, applying pressure to the rear when the front is pulled past a certain level.
The new bike’s screen is adjustable through three height positions, and is now 49mm taller, while there are also three angles available by just pushing or pulling it. The clock’s trip can now be reset via the left handlebar switch, while the 650’s Low RPM assist and Easy Start also feature. Both the standard and XT models come with hand guards and an engine cowl, but the XT gets spoked wheels and tapered handlebars. Both machines come with what Suzuki calls its ‘Tough Gear concept’ bodywork.
The 20 litre tank is unchanged in size, as is the claimed kerb weight at 228kg, seat height at 850mm and ground clearance at 165mm.