Memorable MC Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki DL 1000

Memorable MC Suzuki DL 1000

When Melling started for a solid do-it-all Suzuki’s V-Strom kept up in conversations.

Okay, okay, Don’t hit me again with the truncheons. Remove the electrodes my dangly bits and turn off bright light. Yes, true.

Despite being resident classic bike I actually LIKE modern

My heart, my soul, the very which runs through my is all pure classic. The snarl of a at 7000 revs, the thump of a sporting Single, the scent of exhausts and baking castor oil on to engine cases. All these are the for getting up in the morning.


But my tells me the truth. If you want to go on a motorcycle — quickly, and reliably — then you a modern motorcycle. Classics are old and nurturing and loving.

Yes, are wonderful fun — but not if you absolutely catch the ferry at 9 a.m.

Nor are something to take out on a whim. In they never were. A on a BSA or Velocette always required even when the bikes new.

Foolish was the Velo who sallied forth without his tool. Confident to the point of was the BSA Bloke who thought he could his A10 at night with any hope the lights would work for than ten consecutive minutes.

come out of the closet and admitted I needed a modern bike, I was faced with the almost issue of choosing one. I had to have a Ducati 1098R. How I live without a 1098R for and visits to British Superbike

Melling thought that a big Victory cruiser like Jackpot 8-Ball would the thing for high summer

Then a big Victory V-Twin all black, black, black, — and a splash of chrome. absolutely must have a cruiser for the high summer.

As a man at heart, a retro bike is essential. Put that XJR 1300 in a wrapped bag and I’ll take it, And a Pan European for the long distance across Europe and something and light for when I need to nip a city center and.

was the problem. I could have taken delivery of a large full of bikes — and the ownership of every single In fact, I could have been defending my purchases as my beat me to … with a up bunch of bike brochures and the of my garage burst through stuffed with my new toys.

I really needed was at least ten What I could afford, and was just one. That me with a real dilemma. So to choose?

One end of the problem was solved in I could live without sportbikes. We own, and I race, two nice classic race so I get all the speed fixes I need in the where they are best the race track.

What I was a fast tourer/commuter/Sunday-fun-ride/working machine/affordable/two-up-welcoming/cheap-to-run/easy-to-ride-when-tired In fact, what I really was a series of compromises.

Melling immediately sold on the styling of the but over time it has grown on

The bike which constantly up in conversation with other was the Suzuki DL 1000 But there were two problems this bike. The first is the DL is one of the most seriously ugly produced since the 1963 Sportsman (see Memorable if you are into hard core stories) — a motorcycle so offensive to the eye that wearing goggles was recommended for anyone to look at it for more than 10

I know that beauty is not but bikes are an object of lust and there’s no disputing this.

The problem for me was that having the DL1000’s baby brother, the 650 I came away thinking it was no more than okay. ugliness can be forgiven in a bike, merely satisfactory most cannot.

The nice people at and Racing Motorcycles in Manchester 377 5167) had a DL1000 demonstrator after a courteous but thorough briefing, told me to have a ride and then let them my thoughts. No pressure, no attempt to me a bike — just old-fashioned service levels really are very pleasant.

The thing was that Mark Road and Racing’s Sales knew something I didn’t: the big is a seriously clever motorcycle.

The thing which strikes after five minutes is that the 996cc V-Twin powers the DL is one of the great motorcycle of all time. Considering that are two enormous pistons banging under the fuel tank it is smooth and effortless to use. the throttle and the bike accelerates. it some more and the DL goes and quicker — and eventually fast indeed.

It is utterly and as willing a servant as ever a motorcycle chassis.

The eight-valve of the DL puts out a claimed 98hp at The engine was a deciding factor Melling elected to purchase a

The original incarnation of the DL’s was a fire-breathing, 135 hp, Ducati 916 challenger. In the the eight-valve Twin has been re-tuned to give a very 98hp at only 7600 In the real world, the motor is stressed.

The gearbox is typically Suzuki sweet and the clutch as fuss free as the

In truth, the motor sold the of the bike to me and an hour later I was in the sales forms.

If the motor me that the DL was a bike to consider, the value of the package actually got me to the order form. I opted for the GT of the DL which has everything available in the catalog as standard — the notable exception of a rear Centerstand, heated grips, guards, adjustable screen, a set of panniers and an enormous top box make up a package and all for an on-the-road price of $10k.

 Added to this, servicing costs are very and it becomes easy to see why residual are so solid.

That was 3000 ago and now I know a lot more about the DL and is how I have learnt to love our 85% Why 85%? Well, it is 85% as good as a sportbike, a Grand Tourer, a lanes’ scratcher and a big scooter.

In it’s probably 85% as good as a buggy and a farm tractor too I just don’t have the to judge.

The motor has proven to be better than on first Using the overdrive sixth a few revs over 4200rpm waft you up the Interstate highways at and that’s as fast as I go in Britain having your driving suspended is a rather easy to achieve. Uphill, headwinds, fully loaded — it no difference.

The creamy power is simply and the ride rock solid.

In the tolerant parts of Europe, the DL lope along at 110mph all Not fast by Hayabusa standards but for me.

The V-Strom is a jack-of-all-trades in the motorcycle capable of filling numerous in one bike.

Drop it down a rev the motor a bit, and suddenly it is not a bad Take away all the radar and the DL would slaughter fast highways in the style of a VFR. Run the in fourth, and rev it to 8000, and suddenly you a very perky back scratcher.

Suzuki DL 1000
Suzuki DL 1000

Is it possible to have handling? If so, the DL would rate badly. It looks big and clumsy and the height is tall at 33 inches. ride the bike and the story is different.

Again, it’s the 85% writ large.

I had the pleasure of the DL at the Darley Moor race during a pre-event evaluation for a classic race. Surprisingly, the DL can be very hard indeed. The beam chassis is excellent and the hero blobs on the footrests showering sparks, the big DL whistled Darley’s 100mph chicanes in a completely at odds with its appearance.

What stops the DL outstanding are mediocre front which flex when the is ridden hard and dull With twin 310mm discs, the bike ought to effortlessly. Instead, it takes a effort and this spoils the experience.

If 85% is the DL’s normal in some respects it is a class Despite its apparent size, the DL is at 458 lbs — that’s nearly a sack of potatoes more than a BMW GS1200 — and is balanced. Anyone who can’t the bike to a complete stop, up really isn’t making an

Compared with the big BMW GS1200 and the old Tiger, the DL is dirt bike

It will, at a push, even some mild trail Certainly not serious Enduro bog but easily un-made Alpine and forestry fire roads.

It is outstandingly comfortable. My wife a full-sized woman, not a tiny — and I did a lap around the edge of starting at our home on the English of the border in the North-West of England. hours and 438 mainly backroad later, we got home without a of an ache.

This is no 85% comfort but completely outstanding.

Also top is the fuel consumption. Expect in brisk, but not desperate, riding and slightly less two-up. On trip to mid-Wales, I forgot to up in Newtown so when we arrived in Wells the fuel warning was getting really stressed.

was 204 miles — with a tiny amount of fuel — so the DL will manage distances between re-fuelling.

The held two Arai helmets, two of gloves and a few assorted bits and without difficulty.

Carol the top box. All her girl stuff in here so she can ride without a pack. When we arrive, the box two Arais, two pairs of gloves and few and pieces. Very convenient.

As as faults, there are two irritations. All the DL complain about wind Yes, it does exist but to all wind noise it’s to buy a car.

The heated grips are too with the right-hand one running whilst the left hand sears the rider’s hand.

Against these niggles, I am forward to the long-term costs of I spent an essential $125 on a hugger but other than I’ve just put fuel in the The first service will me around $150 and it will be miles before I have to out serious money to have the checked.

Now that’s what I sensible motorcycling.

But here’s the interesting thing: I’ve to polish the DL. The truth is that the duckling is such a willing so keen to please and so completely that I have begun to a real affection for it — and is a real surprise.

If you want a which is the supreme master of the within its chosen field the DL is not for you. Should you be seeking a object of lust which a tingle to your loins as you past it — avoid the DL. if you want the best all round in series production today and the outstanding bargain — look no further than the DL.

after a couple of thousand expect to fall in love.

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