Good News!!! if you love khaki and have an entire wardrobe dedicated to this administrative colour, and you also love to ride out to destinations not necessarily linked with things called, proper roads, but the only reason you have not yet bought yourself the highly capable Suzuki V Storm 1000, is due to the fact that Suzuki does not make it in the desert beige shade you so very much love.
Released at the Motorcycle Live show in the UK, the 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Desert Edition is what you might imagine from the name: a khaki-coloured ADV bike that looks equally sharp paired with a navy blue blazer or with one of The Desert Fox’s classic pincer movement manoeuvres. Distinctively armed with a Garmin 590 navigation system, colour-matched seat, and flat beige custom paint, the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Desert Edition also comes standard with panniers, a centre stand, hand guards, heated grips, engine bars, and LED fog lamps — all for an additional £600 over the V-Strom 1000 Adventure model.
Available in UK dealerships starting in 2015, you can expect to fork out £10,599 for Suzuki’s budget ADV bike, which now has even more value for its pound. Suzuki has made many changes to the V-Strom’s liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin. It has a 2mm larger bore, up from 98mm to 100mm, bumping displacement from 996cc to 1,037cc. Claimed output has increased from 95.5 horsepower to 99.2 horsepower and from 74.5 lb-ft of torque to 76 lb-ft. Not huge increases in peak output, but Suzuki says the revised engine puts out more horsepower and torque in the low to midrange (peak torque, for example, now arrives at 4,000 rpm rather than 6,400)–exactly where adventure touring riders need it the most.
The engine retains a DOHC, 4-valve layout and a 11.3:1 compression ratio, but the cylinder heads now have dual spark plugs and the fuel injection system uses Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) with more efficient 10-hole injectors. The flywheel magneto’s inertia has increased by 15 percent for smoother on/off throttle response, especially at low speeds. Like the GSX-R and Hayabusa sportbikes, the V-Strom 1000 gets the Suzuki Clutch Assist System, which employs an assist function to reduce clutch effort and a slipper function for smoother downshifts.
A larger, more efficient radiator has eliminated the need for an oil cooler, saving 2.8 pounds in the process. Replacing the previous dual mufflers is a single muffler with a new Suzuki Exhaust Tuning valve that saves another 9.7 pounds. At 502 pounds, total curb weight is said be 18 pounds less than the previous model. Fuel capacity has been reduced from 5.8 to 5.3 gallons