Suzuki concentrated a lot of its ADV class updates on the middle weight V-Strom 650 ABS for 2017, but that doesn’t mean the big brother V-Strom 1000 ABS was left in the cold. In fact, many of the changes presented on the 650 are also included on the V-Strom 1000 ABS and 1000XT ABS.
Editor’s Note: We’ve since test ridden the 2018 V-Strom 1000 – read about it in the 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 First Test Review.
These updates include a reshaped windscreen with revised height and angle adjustment, the Suzuki Easy Start System and Low RPM Assist functionality. Both the 1000 ABS and 1000XT ABS versions come with knuckle covers and under-engine protection along with a revised “beak” that’s now more pronounced. The bodywork was altered as well.
Editor’s note: The V-Strom 1000 does not include Suzuki’s ESS, but does include Low RPM Assist as it has since its last major overhaul for the 2014 model year.
One of the more sophisticated revisions is the inclusion of the “Motion Track Brake System” to the V-Strom 1000’s Bosch ABS. The MTBS determines the stance of the vehicle via a five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit and adjusts braking pressure based on the front and rear wheel speeds and motorcycle lean angle. There’s also a Combination Braking system that works with the MTBS, a system that kicks in automatically to engage the rear brake when front brake pressure surpasses a particular point, with the intention of keeping the motorcycle as stable as possible.
Engineers also honed-in on making the V-Strom 1000 Euro4 emissions compliant, dialing its fuel injection system to operate with an O2 feedback system and new intake pressure sensor to improve combustion efficiency. A tandem catalyzer set-up in the updated exhaust system contributes to better emissions performance as well.
The V-Strom 1000 ABS retains the 1037cc V-Twin introduced in the 2013 model year update and makes use of a 32-bit engine control module to help meet emissions standards, improve fuel economy and even-out throttle response. The Suzuki Clutch Assist System eases lever pull and also functions as a slipper on downshifts. Gear ratios continue to provide a sporting ride through the first five gears while allowing 6th to serve as an overdrive to help keep rpms low during long stints on the freeway.
The three-mode traction control system stays in place, with two modes of sensitivity and an off position. The LCD display and TC modes can be switched via a left handlebar switch, a new feature on the 2017 model.
The cast aluminum twin-spar frame is unchanged, as is the aluminum swingarm and KYB suspension set-up. The 43mm fork are preload and compression/rebound adjustable, as is the rear shock, ensuring proper set-up can be found when carting loads of luggage or a passenger or both.
There are new wire spoke wheels available for the XT version, ready for tubeless tires and available in Champion Yellow No. 2 for those looking to step up the flair of their machine. The V-Range Bridgestone BW501 and BW 502 tires are unchanged from last years’ model.
The accessory luggage Suzuki offers for the V-Strom 1000 now includes a 55-liter top case which will fit two full face helmets.
The ABS and XT ABS are available in Champion Yellow No. 2, Pearl Glacier White and Glass Sparkle Black colorways. We’ll be sure to update when MSRP and availability are announced.