In all honesty, most adventure motorcycles you see on the road in the UAE are the R1200GS derivatives. Either the standard version or the almighty Adventure spec. However, if you find the BMW to be too common or expensive (which it is), you have other options you could look at. Over the last few years, other manufacturers have realised the importance of selling their adventure bikes in this region and even though the dealers have been a bit hesitant, they are giving in to the demand.
Let’s take a look at what options do you have in the litre-class adventure bike segment.
Suzuki says their latest iteration of the V-Strom 1000 has the power and the durability to tackle mountain roads and the inspiration to explore roads unknown. This might sound a little farfetched given the fact that most owners will never go down those roads. However, having owned a 2007 V-Strom, I can guarantee that with enough skill, this bike can be ridden on most off-road surfaces.
This bike and the engine have been completely redesigned for 2014 and it gets a slim and lightweight aluminium frame, thickly padded seat and an adjustable windscreen provides an easy, comfortable, and fun to ride character.
The V-Strom 1000 also features an inverted front fork and an easy to adjust single shock style rear suspension.
Overall Length 2,285mm
Overall width 865mm
Overall height 1,410mm
Ground clearance 165mm
Curb weight 228kg
Engine type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin
Tyre Front 110/80R19M/C 59V
Tyre Rear 150/70R17M/C 69V
Fuel tank capacity 20.0L
Oil capacity 3.5L
Price: AED 48,000
Contact: Al Yousuf Motors, Next to Daihatsu Showroom Bet. 2nd & 3rd Interchange Sh. Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE. Phone +971 4 339 0000