Suzuki has always been a charmer when it comes to budget-minded power packed offerings. And it is no less in the adventure-tourer segment. Suzuki’s V-Strom first made an entry back in 2002 with a name tag reading as the V-Strom DL1000 where the ‘V’ stood for its engine configuration while the ‘Strom’ translated to storm in German. However, since 2002 while the bike has enjoyed plenty of upgrades both mechanical as well as cosmetic, it enjoys the same image in the industry.
Previous updates in 2018 for both the 650 as well as the V-Strom 1000 included a ton of electric additions, however, this year the company has revamped the V-Strom portfolio in entirety as it added the new V Strom 1000XT Adventure.
So how different is the XT from the standard?
Staring with the accessories, the new bike gets a load of factory pieces of equipment including an accessory bar, canter stand, heated grips and a 37-litre ADV style Aluminium Panniers.
Apart from that, the bike comes with the same liquid-cooled 1037-cc, 90-degree, V-twin that was updated for MY2018. The Euro4 compliant bike comes with an ability to put down 99bhp at 8000rpm and 101Nm of torque at 4000rpm.
Suzuki has replaced the outgoing five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit with a new five-axis unit that connects to the Motion Track Anti-Lock and the Combined Braking System. Additionally, the bike also features a three-position traction control system.
The bike also features a multifunctional instrument panel that delivers a wide range of vehicle information including rider assists such as the Suzuki Traction Control System modes to the rider.
The company has retained the vertically stacked headlights along with the DR-Big styled fairing along with an adjustable windshield.
It has not been long since the company added the GTA variant on the V-Strom 1000 as well as the 650 which came with three aluminium panniers as standard.