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In need of a solid, good-value adventure bike? Look no further than the Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Darren Salter - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The large-capacity adventure-bike class wasn’t always a category of strength for Suzuki; indeed, at one point it lacked a representative in the category at all, the previous V-Strom 1000 having effectively been consigned to history by tighter emissions regulations.

In 2014, though, the legendary Japanese marque re-entered the then-booming adventure class with a bike that may just represent your perfect option for Isle of Man motorcycle hire.

An unspectacular, but pleasing bike

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: if you’re seeking a bike for your next trip to the Isle of Man that’ll shock, startle and thrill you, the V-Strom 1000 that we have available for rent here at South East Motorcycle Hire probably isn’t the option you should choose.

However, what the V-Strom instead represents is something that is infinitely more important to a lot of those hiring a motorcycle from us: comfort, manageability and good value.

The specification sheet is certainly promising enough, the 2014 V-Strom 1000 being powered by a liquid-cooled, eight-valve V-twin engine with a capacity notably up on that of the previous model, from 996cc to 1,037cc.

Power has also been increased, by 2bhp to 99bhp, although when you have an ambitious journey to the Isle of Man or elsewhere planned, you might be rather more interested in the 41mpg economy that equates to a 182-mile range.

Many of the last V-Strom 1000’s parts have also been replaced, such as the cylinder heads and crankshaft. But the real story is the fuss-free experience that it provides, including the relatively little that you need to fork out to hire it from us, whether for a day, five days, week or weekend.

Winning no shortage of rave reviews

The critics seem to appreciate the V-Strom 1000, too. Just ask The Telegraph’s Roland Brown, for instance, who has described it as a “respectably quick, sweet-handling and well appointed V-twin that offers roadgoing practicality and comfort”.

Or what about Motor Cycle News? Giving it a score of four out of five stars, the enthusiasts of the trusted weekly newspaper have declared that the V-Strom 1000 is “easy to ride and manageable, delivering loads of low and midrange grunt. You can throw it around with confidence and it’s backed up by excellent traction control and ABS. It’s also comfortable, natural, frugal and simple”.

We can’t think of a much better mix of characteristics for a straightforward and stress-free adventure bike than that! So, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the South East Motorcycle Hire team today to make it your first choice for Isle of Man motorcycle hire.