Neither the rain nor the threat of Coronavirus kept people away from Kings Two Wheel Centre in Kidlington near Oxford at the weekend for the launch of the new DRZ-inspired Suzuki V-Strom, which retails from just £9,999.
Business seemed brisk both at the bacon butty bar and with test-rides on the new model, as riders took their turn on the test fleet. Dave Preece from the European touring company ‘Totally 4 Bikers‘ led the rides, leaving Alex, Craig, Steve and the team to manage the biscuits and answer all the questions anyone had about the new bikes.
Although the new models were unveiled at EICMA, and then Motorcycle Live back in November, it’s only now that stocks of the new V-Strom 1050 are arriving with dealers. As part of the launch Suzuki has announced three accessory packs, and knowing everyone’s idea of adventure varies, Suzuki has tailored its new kits to suit.
A fully-loaded Explore pack equips the V-Strom 1050XT with full aluminium luggage, engine bars, LED fog lamps, aluminium bash plate, and heated grips. Ideal for those looking to cover big mileage and conquer rougher terrain, the Explore pack comes with an RRP* of £2,499 and represents a saving of £626 over the cost of the individual items.
For anyone plotting weekends away the Tour pack comprises full aluminium luggage and costs £1,299, meaning a saving of £316. Those looking to exploit the V-Strom 1050s capabilities as a city tool can opt for the City pack which includes a spacious 55-litre top box and centre stand for £549, saving £115 in the process.
The new V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050XT use an updated version of Suzuki’s 1037cc V-Twin engine, the Euro5 version of the popular power plant producing 7% more power than the previous iteration. Both machines also get a three-mode traction control system and three selectable engine power modes.
For more information on Suzuki’s range of accessories, click here.