It has been a long time coming and some might consider it the most significant bike Suzuki has launched in several years - the 2014 V-Strom 1000. The middleweight 650 received a revision a few years back but Suzuki needed a large displacement V-Strom to go against the big machines in the category as almost everybody is now playing in the ADV segment. The first thing that is going to grab you after the good looks of the new Strom is that great MSRP. We ride the bike and see what you get for that bargain price. In another case of sibling rivalry we also ride the Panigale 899. Does it ive up to the fire breathing reputation of its older and larger brother.
Taking that adventure subject a little further we visit the Orca Run, an offroad rally on beautiful Vancouver island. Beautiful but it rains...a lot. But not enough to dampen the enthusiasm.
And for something completely different we head to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a bunch of Alberta boys with twin turbo charged 250s looking to set a few records. If you have ever been confused about the seemingly endless classes available to racers on the Salt Flats you aren’t alone. We try to do a little explaining as we find out how the boys did.
After all that we ride through Tombstone, AZ with Steve Bond. New England, also with Steve Bond (where does he get the time for all this riding?). We have a long and low bagger custom from Alberta and a long and low Honda Grom - or at least some hints on where you can go to make your Grom long and low.