The movie Jerry Maguire spawned quite a few cringe worthy quotes. “Show me the money!” was one of them. There is also one scene where Jerry confesses his love for Dorothy, and she responded with “You had me at ‘Hello’”. Well, I have to admit, when I got on board the Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, the connection was instant.
It had me at the press of the go-button. Everything just seemed right. I personally own a 650 V-Strom, so I assume I am a bit biased. That being said, the DL1000, although tall, is a light and nimble bike. I have ridden heavier superbikes.
Released in 2014, the big Suzuki remains a viable alternative to the heavier and bigger adventure bikes, and this particular model was not just a “slap on different plastics” exercise. The new DL1000 was reimagined from the ground up. The 998cc was uprated to 1037cc and from there, the DL1000 is all new.
It sports upside down forks, and radial mounted front discs. These are ABS units, and for the first time, we have a Suzuki with traction control. The fuel tank loses 2 liters from its predecessor, but this makes for a slim tank, and makes the bike look smaller than it is.
The definitive “beak” first seen on the DR750 that took part in the Paris-Dakar rally in the late 80s has been retained. This feature has become synonymous with adventure bikes of late.
The instrumentation is comprehensive, and includes a temperature gauge as well as a gear indicator. The rev-counter sits on the left, with a handsome digital display for the rest of the information.
The seat is comfortably wide and soft enough for you to go long distances. The screen is adjustable for angle with a simple three-stage ratchet system but for height, you need some tools.
As I said in my opening line, this bike suits me to a tee. The handlebars are wide, and my legs are not too far back. Once you fire it up, you have a gentle hum emanating from the massive muffler, but it sounds aggressive enough to hint at the power at hand. Speaking of which, the power delivery is smooth and does not kick you in the groin as some overpowered duallies tend to do. The engine also does not feel strained at all, and it does feel like it can do 160, two up, all day long.
This is an honest bike. It will deliver what the brochure says, reliably. I have spent a few days with the bike, and I fell for it in the first 100m. So maybe, this is my Dorothy, and I am Jerry, saying: “You complete me.”