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Everyone has a dream, something extraordinary they'd like to do if and when time and circumstance allow. For some, the dream involves travelling across a continent and seeking adventure on an exciting motorcycle.
Some people are born with the dream, and recognize itat an early age. Others develop the dream as they go through life. For three-time Motocross World Champion Greg Albertyn, the dream started early and burned brighter as the years passed by. It began when he was just eight years old and started riding a Suzuki JR50 in his hometown of Chartwell, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Together with his father, Greg often visited a favourite riding area, Eureka Dands, surrounded by nature and near the famous Sabi Game Reserve.
As Greg's riding skill increased, he moved from play-riding to motocross and soon became the South African Motocross Champion. For Greg the years of hard work, his early experience on the rugged natural terrain of South Africa and rigorous overseas training paid off when he won the 125cc Motocross World Championship in 1992 and the 250cc Motocross World Championship in 1993 and 1994.
Even after becoming World Champion and moving to the United States to race, Greg Albertyn often thought of his life-long dream: To develop an adventure Tour through wild Africa, to explore his native continent on a motorcycle built for long-distance adventure, and to share the experience with other riders.
Wild Africa! A place where the horizon is defined by tall mountains instead of tall buildings. A place where grass doesnt just grow in a park, where animals don't only live in a zoo. A place where the wind blows clear and strong and doesnt carry the sound of city hustle and bustle.
Africa! Always Africa! From meandering tracks through broad pateaus bordered by the Drakensburg Moutains of the coastal strip near Durban. To hard-packed switchback roads carved into the side of the gorge in the Atlas mountains of Motocco. Fram vast savanna grasslands and towering peaks. To hidden and mysterious places where man can become immersed in nature.
Between the training and travel and tough races that made him a championm Greag Albertein would often speak of his dream with his family, and discuss with Suzuki engineers the type of motorcycle he'd need for his trek.
Now there is a motorcycle inspired by that dream, and built for adventure. Named for its V-Twin engine and a stream of wind, or "strom" in German. It is called the Suzuki V-Strom. Ready to Live The Adventure In Your Mind.
The versatile, multi-purpose V-Strom is built for the rider with an adventurous spirit and a young heart. Combining the strong performance of a provenV-Twin engine and relatively light weight with easy handling, sporty styling and a comfortable, relaxed riding position.
A 22-litre (5.8-gallon) fuel tank combined with an efficient fuel injection system means that the V-Strom can cover serious distance between fill-ups. A standard luggage rack features an integrated rubber pad to help hold a duffle bag in place, and the V-Strom is designed to accept hard saddlebags and a pannier case.
A sporty front fairing and comfortable seat make the V-Strom ready to cruise down the highway, while high-mounted mufflers, an engine undercover and knuckle covers give it an adventurous look.
The V-Strom is a multi-purpose machine so capable, sporty and ready for adventure that it establishes an entirely new motorcycle category: The Sport Enduro Tourer.
The V-Strom engine is based on the proven Suzuki TL powerplant, a textbook example of advanced engine design. The basics are familiar enough: a liquid-cooled 90-degree V-Twin with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams. And a big-bore, 98mm x 66mm layout producing 996cc of displacement. The difference lies in the details, innovative details that make the Suzuki V-Tvvin engine more compact and efficient. Consider the valve train. Instead of driving the cams with a conventional chain looped under the crankshaft and over the top of large-diameter cam sprockets, each set of cams is turned by a single idler gear positioned between and underneath cam gears. A link-plate chain runs between the idler gear and an intermediate gear, which is driven off the crankshaft at half crankshaft speed. Because the required speed reduction is handled between the crankshaft and the intermediate gear, the cam gears can be smaller, making the cylinder heads shorter and reducing overall engine height. Vertically-staggered transmission shafts make the engine shorter front-to-rear. An exceptionally short crankshaft makes the engine narrower. Aluminium-alloy cylinders plated with Suzuki's own race-proven nickel-phosphorus-silicon-carbide coating, known as SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material), are light and transfer heat better, allowing tighter, more efficient piston-to-cylinder clearance. New forged aluminium-alloy pistons with short, cutaway skirts are carried on short, lightweight wrist pins, and L-shaped upper piston rings improve cylinder sealing and efficiency at higher rpm. An oil jet at the base of each cylinder directs a stream of cooling oil onto the underside of the piston dome, reducing piston temperature. An oil cooler is standard, and a spin-on oil filter simplifies maintenance.
For V-Strom use, the engine has smaller intake valves, 36mm versus 40mm, and the cam timing is shorter with less valve lift. The 6-speed transmission has new, wider ratios. And even though the clutch is larger in diameter with more clutch plates, a new hydraulic actuation system produces a lighter pull at the handlebar lever.

The V-Strom's digital fuel injection and engine management system is designed to deliver exceptionally linear throttle response and better fuel economy while improving low-rpm torque and reducing emissions, by improving combustion efficiency. Each of the V-Strom's two 45mm throttle bodies carries two throttle valves, a primary throttle valve SDTV system operated by the rider via the twist grip, and a secondary throttle valve operated by the engine management computer via a torque motor. The primary throttle valve determines maximum throttle opening. The engine management computer reads primary throttle position, engine rpm and gear position, and progressively opens the secondary throttle valve to maintain optimum intake velocity. The injectors themselves are positioned at a 30-degree angle from the
centreline of the throttle bodies, directing the fuel spray down the intake ports and onto the back of the intake valves, improving fuel automization while also reducing emissions. The volume of fuel delivered to each cylinder is determined by throttle opening and engine rpm under heavy load conditions, and by intake air pressure and engine rpm under light-load conditions. A built-in Auto Fast Idling System (APIS) automatically sets the primary and secondary throttle valve opening when the engine is first started while cold. The system reads engine coolant temperature and increases engine idling speed until the coolant reaches normal operating temperatures.
A Pulsed-secondary AIR-injection (PAIR) system controlled by the engine management computer injects fresh air from the airbox into the exhaust ports as needed to reduce CO and HC emissions, depending upon engine rpm and load conditions. In European markets, the engine management system also monitors an exhaust-system oxygen sensor and alters fuel delivery to further reduce emissions. An exhaust catalyzer system is also used in European markets. As a result, the V-Strom's carbon-monoxide emissions, hydrocarbon emissions and nitrogen-oxide emissions are well below the planned EURO-2 limits.
The V-Strom's advanced aluminium-alloy twin-spar frame is lighter than the steel frames found on would-be competitors, and combines with an aluminium-alloy swingarm to produce a 1,550mm (61.0-inch) wheelbase with 26.5 degrees of rake and 110mm (4.3-inch)of trail. Seat height is a reasonable 830 mm (32.7-inch) and dry weight is the lightest in the class at 207 kg (456-pound). The V-Strom's 43mm cartridge front fork delivers 160mm (6.3-inch) of smooth wheel travel. The rear shock features adjustable rebound damping and a convenient, knob-operated hydraulic spring preload adjuster, allowing spring preload to be changed without using tools. The link-type rear suspension delivers 162mm (6.4-inch) of rear wheel travel.
The V-Strom has lightweight cast aluminium-alloy wheels and tubeless radial tyres. The 19M/CxMT2.50 front wheel carries a 110/80R19M/C Bridgestone TW101 radial, while the 17M/CxMT4.00 rear wheel carries a 150/70R17M/C Bridgestone TW152 radial.
Dual 310mm (12.2-inch) drilled, floating front brake discs work with dual-piston calipers. The single 260mm (10.2-inch) rear disc works with a single-piston caliper.
An ultra-thin instrument cluster features a compact step-motor tachometer and speedometer with LED backlighting. A LCD digital odometer, dual trip-meters and LCD-segment water temperature gauge are built onto the speedometer face, while a LCD-segment fuel gauge and digital clock are built into the tach face. Turn signal, high beam, oil pressure, neutral,water temperature, FI and over-drive indicator lights are positioned between the speedometer and tach. Dual multi-reflector headlights each carry 60/55W high-beam/low-beam bulbs, so both headlights are lit no matter which beam is selected. The taillight uses two 21/5W combination brake-light and rear position bulbs, increasing conspicuity.
Note: pannier and top cases, a larger windscreen, a handlebar heater, and a centre stand are available as optional parts.


Engine Type: 4-stroke. Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90 degrees V-twin, 2-cylinder.
Piston Displacement: 996cc³
Bore X Stroke: 98.0mm x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Caburetor: Fuel Injection 45mm
Starter System: Electronic (Transistorized)
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Drive System: N/A
Overall Length: 2.290mm
Overall Width: 865mm
Overall Height: 1.340mm
Wheel Base: 1.550mm
Ground Clearance: 160mm
Seat Height: 830mm
Dry Mass: 207kg
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Swingarm, oil damped, coil spring, spring preload adjustable, rebound damping, force adjustable
Brakes - Front: 2-piston calipers, dual disc brake
Brakes - Rear: 1-pistin caliper, disc brake
Tyres - Front: 110/80R-19 tubeless
Tyres - Rear: 150/70R-17 tubeless
Ignition: Electronic Ignition (transistorised)
Fuel Tank: 22.0L
Body Colours: Pearl Dark Space Blue / Pearl Orpimemt Yellow / Metallic Flint Gray
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Primary Drive Ratio: N/A
Final Drive Ratio: N/A
Rake/Trail: 26.5 degrees / 110mm
Wheels - Front: 19M/CxMT2.50, cast aluminium alloy
Wheels - Rear: 17MCxMT4.00, cast aluminium alloy
Oil Capacity: 3.6L
Frame Type: N/A