2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

The high and mighty always seem to have a way of reinventing themselves in a way that takes their name to a new level. If there was ever a bike that could lay claim to that, it’s the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000. It’s got one of the most powerful engines on the market and, with that, has made a name for itself for itself as one of the most popular Suzuki bikes on the market today.

A lot of the cruiser’s popularity can be attributed to its 996cc liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, dual-overhead cams, and oil. This set-up not only provides exceptional low-end and mid-range torque for exhilarating performance, but also does it in a manner that makes every one of its competitors wince in terror. The V-Strom 1000’s impressive credentials allow riders to tap into an unspeakable power in every gear.

Joining the V-Strom 1000’s mighty powertrain is its impeccable handling capabilities, thanks in large part to a lightweight, compact, and rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm. Cartridge-style 43mm front forks with adjustable preload provides 6.3" of wheel travel allow for a comfortable ride while a link-type rear suspension featuring 6.3" of wheel travel and a piggyback-style shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping and a knob-operated hydraulic preload adjuster add to its handling capabilities.

As far as accessories are concerned, the V-Strom 1000 gets its fair share, including nylon Givi-style panniers, a top box, aluminum side cases large enough to fit a full-coverage helmet, a rugged accessory engine bar, and an adjustable windscreen.

Find out more about the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after the jump.


Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • 996cc Liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, dual-overhead cams and oil provides exceptional low-end and mid-range torque for exhilarating performance.
  • Advanced digital engine management system featuring Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV), delivers optimum combustion efficiency for linear response, fuel economy and superior low-end torque along with low emissions.
  • Auto Fast Idling System (AFIS) automatically sets throttle valve opening during cold engine starts by monitoring coolant temperature.
  • Digital ignition system provides optimum ignition timing with seperate maps for each cylinder to provide outstanding performance and smooth throttle response.
  • Semi-gear driven valve system simplifies maintenance and minimizes cam sprocket size and engine height for optimum engine placement. A short crankshaft and staggered transmission shafts further contribute to the light and compact design.
  • Lightweight shim-under-bucket valve system operates 36mm intake and 33mm exhaust valves, with valve timing designed to enhance low-RPM power.
  • SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) plated cylinders for durability, weight reduction and superior heat transfer, working together with a high-efficiency liquid cooling system includes a compact oil cooler for optimum engine operating temperature.
  • High-mounted stainless steel exhaust system with aluminum mufflers are tuned to enhance engine torque.
  • PAIR (Pulsed-AIR) system injects fresh air into the exhaust port after the exhaust valves open to ignite unbunred hydrocarbons, further reducing emissions.


Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • Smooth-shifting six-speed transmission with sixth gear overdrive features a hydraulic clutch for light pull at the lever improving rider comfort.
  • Lightweight magnesium valve and ignition covers are complemented by a sound deadening plastic outer clutch cover.


Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • Lightweight, compact and rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm provide agile handling. A bolt-on sub-frame simplifies maintenance.
  • Cartridge-style 43mm front forks with adjustable preload provides 6.3 inches of wheel travel for a comfortable ride.
  • Link-type rear suspension features 6.3 inches of wheel travel and a piggyback-style shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping and a knob-operated hydraulic preload adjuster.
  • Multi-reflector 60W/55W headlights.
  • Easy-to-read instruments include a large speedometer and tach dials, plus LCD display for fuel level, engine temperature, odometer, tripmeters and clock.
  • Engine undercover panel is designed for ample ground clearance and sleek appearance.
  • Large rear luggage rack features a rubber-padded platform to help keep bags and luggage in place.
  • Rugged seat cover material enhances comfort and durability.
  • Dual front dist brakes with large 310mm rotors and twin-piston calipers, plus a single-disc rear brake with 260mm rotor and single-piston caliper provide strong stopping power.
  • Lightweight cast aluminum wheels with DualSport-style tires for optimum traction.
  • Large 5.8 gallon fuel tank for long-range operation.
  • Pearl Mira Red/Black

Key Features

Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • Upright, relaxed riding position, well-padded seat and aerodynamic fairing provide all-day-long comfort
  • Height-adjustable windshield for increased wind protection and comfort can be adjusted to three positions in a 50mm vertical range, work together with hand guards designed for maximum wind protection.


Suzuki V-Strom 1000
Bore Stroke98.0 mm (3.858 in) x 66.0 mm (2.598 in)
Compression Ratio11.3 : 1
Engine996 cc (60.8 cu. In), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin
Fuel SystemFuel injection
IgnitionElectronic ignition (Transistorized)
LubricationWet sump
Brakes FrontDisc brake, twin
Brakes RearDisc brake
ColorPearl Mira Red/Black
Curb Weight238 kg (525 lbs)
Final DriveRK525 SMOZ7, 112 links
Fuel Tank Capacity22 L (5.8/4.8 US/Imp gal)
Ground Clearance165 mm (6.5 in)
Overall Length2295 mm (90.4 in)
Overall Width910 mm (35.8 in)
Seat Height840 mm (33.1 in)
Suspension FrontTelescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension RearLink type, coil spring, oil damped
Tires Front110/80 R19 M/C 59H, tubeless
Tires Rear150/70 R17 M/C 69H, tubeless
Transmission6-speed constant mesh
Wheelbase1535 mm (60.4 in)


Total Motorcycle----"If you’re looking for an unforgettable sport-adventure, there’s no better machine than the new V-Strom 1000 Adventure. With sleek aluminum side cases that are large enough to hold a full coverage helmet, it takes versatility to a new level. It boasts the same exceptional performance as the original V-Strom 1000, with a Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine tuned for incredible low-end and mid-range torque. It also has a lightweight chassis and advanced suspension to provide crisp handling even on tight back roads. When you reach the open highway, the V-Strom 1000 Adventure excels. Its smooth engine performance, aerodynamic windshield and ergonomic riding position make it one of the finest sport-touring machines available. With the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Adventure, Sport-adventure is yours for the taking."


Wow! I love the aggressive ambiance of this motorcycle. And this one is oozing with appeal and angst on its red hood engine color. It is good to know that it has a 996 cc capacity on its engine.

Too good for an accessorized big bike. Anyway, I love the huge look of it, but the fuel tank capacity is not impressive. Some sleek motor can acquire 9 gallons while it can only have 5.8 gallons of fuel.

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