Suzuki Australianises V-Strom 1000

2016 Suzuki V-Strom 1000GT

As promised, Suzuki Australia has given some adventurous Aussie touches to the V-Strom 1000, just as they did when they created the V-Strom 650XT.

The new 1000 GT arrives at $19,990 ride away and now includes a Suzuki 35L top box, side case set, centre stand, lower engine cowling, crash bars, large touring screen, LED indicators, hand guards, decals and tank protector.

While the price is $3000 more than the standard 1000, Suzuki spokesman Matt Reilly says the recommended retail price for the accessory kit would be $4950 without fitting, so it’s a significant saving.

“As you know, a fully kitted 1000cc adventure bike for under 20K is a pretty good deal,” he says.

“Like the V-Strom 650XT, we have developed this model variant to suit the Australian market.”

They’ve obviously also developed it to compete with the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin.

The Suzi 1000 is powered by a 1037cc 90-degree V-Twin with traction control, fully adjustable suspension, ABS and three-position adjustable windscreen.

The GT comes in Metallic Mystic Silver, Candy Red and Metallic Matte Grey colour schemes and is backed by Suzuki’s two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

In February 2015, Suzuki Australianised the V-Strom 650 and promised us a 1000cc version would follow.

It’s been more than a year coming, but it’s been well worth the wait.

Meanwhile, the V-Strom XT comes in full-powered variant at $11,490 (+ORC) and the 650XT LAMS model $10,990, just $700 more than the standard LAMS version.

They come with Suzuki hand-guards, bash plate, engine protection bars and DID wire wheels, retaining the same tubeless tyres as the cast-wheel model.

Suzuki 650 V-Strom XT - 1000
Suzuki 650 V-Strom XT

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