9. Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Suzuki V-Strom 1000

What is it?
Introduced in 2002, the V-Strom 1000 was a cross-tourer before cross-tourers were cool. Now, after a brief hiatus, Suzuki is reintroducing a completely redesigned V-Strom 1000 with a larger displacement 1037cc engine that’s said to be lighter than the previous 996cc powerplant. For 2014 the V-Strom 1000 will be available in its standard form for $12,699 as well as the Adventure version for a $1,300 increase.

Why are we excited to ride it?
With bikes such as Ducati’s Multistrada and KTM’s new 1190 Adventure hovering around the $17k price range, we’re excited to see how the V-Strom stacks up against these two Euro cross-tourers while owning a significantly lower MSRP. Years ago, the V-Strom was outclassed in terms of performance against similar machines, but the price difference was huge back in 2006 when the V-Strom retailed for only $9k. At $12,700 the price gap isn’t as much, but it’s also an all-new Strom. Pitting the V-Strom against the new Adventure and Multistrada is a dish best served sooner rather than later. You can read about new V-Strom’s highlights here.