Earlier today a selected few V.I.P’s were treated to an exclusive preview of the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000, due to arrive in the UK in February 2014. Two early production models were flown over from Japan especially for the event.

Motorcycle News: V.I.P launch for new 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

The event took place at Suzuki GB’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, where the first customer event of this type allowed guests to see the brand new model in the flesh. Visitors were also given a short presentation on the features of the new bike by staff from Suzuki GB as well as a Suzuki Europe test rider.

First impressions on the new V-Strom 1000 are fantastic, the bike’s new attention-grabbing design is definitely up there with the likes of the Ducati Multistrada and the Triumph Tiger Explorer. The modern stacked headlight and beak give it a tourer look, whilst the detailed spoked wheels and gold upside down forks hint towards its sporty performance.

Motorcycle News: The display models included Red and White colour options

Suzuki’s presentation was quite an eye-opener, as we learned that nearly 200,000 V-Stroms have been sold across the globe. When they explained the R&D process behind the new bike, which included a team of technicians from the factory spending weeks in Europe riding different bikes and talking to different customers, you can see how important this new model is to the company.

The new model is the first Suzuki motorcycle to feature Traction Control, which was derived from the company’s experience in MotoGP. The system has two modes, one for more sporty riding and another safer mode for wet or slippery conditions. 
Motorcycle News: The V-Strom 1000 is the first Suzuki with Traction Control

The completely redesigned 1037cc engine is built for low-mid range torque and produces peak levels at just 4000rpm, making the power immensely usable. The V-Strom 1000 is also the lightest bike in it’s class by quite a way at just 228kg, this is said to make it extremely manageable and easy to ride.

Other new features include the upside-down forks, radially mounted front callipers, a full anti-lock braking system and an innovative adjustable screen which has three height settings and three angle settings, the latter being easily adjustable whilst on the move.

Motorcycle News: An impressive range of stylish accessories will be available

With a price tag of just £9999 and a massive range of purpose-built accessories, this stunning and high-spec adventure bike should be a serious contender in 2014.

For more details and videos, check out www.suzuki-vstrom.com