SUZUKI V-STROM 1000 ABS
Already we’re showing how different these four machines are. The
Suzuki V-Strom has a displacement of only 1037cc. It is, however,
Suzuki’s new flagship for the adventure segment, designed to go head
to head with the 1200s but with a more affordable price. It was released
earlier this year and has virtually nothing in common with an earlier bike
by the same name, aside from its general description. It has a 90-degree
V-twin motor with a chain drive in a twin-beam aluminum frame. The
new bike draws attention to what has become the hallmark in this class:
electronics. The bike comes with anti-lock brakes, cruise control and has
Suzuki’s first attempt at traction control. The ABS stays active all the time,
but you can choose between two different levels of traction control, or you
can shut the system off for more self-determination in the dirt.
Suzuki has two different models: the standard version, which sells for
$12,699, and the V-Strom 1000 Adventure, which is a premium version
with a number of bolt-on accessories such as handguards, a taller windscreen, side bags and a crash bar. This package sells for $13,699.
YAMAHA SUPER TENERE 1200
One rung higher on the price ladder is the Yamaha Super Tenere, which
has a base price of $15,090. This was a late arrival in 2014, as Yamaha
refitted it with a number of upgrades, including more wind protection,
more power and a different riding position. The name and the concept of
the Super Tenere go back to the ’90s when Yamaha dominated the Paris
Dakar rally and came out with a number of models to capitalize on that.
Today’s version is a parallel twin with a drive shaft. As now seems mandatory, the bike has ABS and Yamaha’s own take on traction control. The
ABS is full-time, but you can choose between two levels of traction control
or just turn the whole feature off, as with the Suzuki. For 2014, those two
settings have been altered to provide a more noticeable distinction.
The big news for Yamaha is the introduction of the Super Tenere ES
version, which has push-button suspension control. You can alter preload
and damping from the saddle. The feature costs an additional $1100.
KTM 1190 ADVENTURE R
KTM never lets you forget that it’s a dirt bike company first. The 1190
Adventure is all about true dirt capability, which is a challenge considering
that the bike makes 150 horsepower. It has nearly the same motor as the
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V-STROM 1000 ABS
Suzuki has two versions of the V-Strom.
This is the standard version, whereas
the V-Strom Adventure has bags and