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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 (Adventure)

2012 Suzuki Motorcycle

After a two-year hiatus in America, the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 returns for 2012, although not with major revision.

But though its basically a carry-over model from the last edition of the V-Strom 1000 in 2009, for 2012 its offered in the standard series and a new Adventure series.

The V-Strom 1000, which is part of the Sport Enduro Touring category Suzuki nicknamed with the original V-Strom DL1000 in 2002, was designed to provide the rider a machine capable of taking on everything from the street to some off-road Adventure riding

The 2012 V-Strom 1000 features a fuel-injected, 90-degree V-Twin that’s tuned for low- and mid-range torque. The engine is hooked to a six-speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch for effortless pulls, and a final-chain drive.

The V-Strom 1000’s chassis was designed to comfortably take on the twisties, but also has 6.5 inches of ground clearance for those adventurous back roads. The front suspension utilizes a 43mm fork, and the rear a link-type suspension, both providing 6.3 inches of travel.

For ultimate rider comfort, the V-Strom was designed with an upright riding position, a windscreen that’s adjustable in three heights, hand guards, a comfortable seat and aerodynamic bodywork. For 2012, the standard V-Strom arrives in two colors – Pearl Mira Red and Pearl Nebular Black.

But for those who do a bit more long-distance touring, Suzuki also offers the V-Strom 1000 Adventure, which features spacious top- and side cases, and a Pearl Nebular Black color.

Suzuki returns with the V-Strom 1000 after only offering its younger sibling, the 650, for the past two years. The V-Strom 1000’s intention is to appeal to the rider who needs that bit of extra power from the 1000cc V-Twin that proved itself reliable since the V-Strom 1000’s debut in 2002.

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000 Adventure.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 (Adventure) Highlights:


  • 996cc Liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cyclinder, dual-overhead cams and oil provides exceptional low-end and mid-range torgue for exhilarating performance.
  • Advanced digital engine management system featureing 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 cyclinder 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 cyclinders 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Additional Features

  • 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.
  • Large 5.8 gallon fuel tank for long-range operation

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Specs:

  • Bore Stroke: 98.0 mm (3.858 in) x 66.0 mm (2.598 in)
  • Compression Ratio: 11.3 : 1
  • Engine: 996 cc (60.8 cu. In), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin 9
  • Fuel System: Fuel injection
  • Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
  • Lubrication: Wet sump
  • Starter:Electric
  • Brakes Front: Disc brake, twin
  • Brakes Rear: Disc brake
  • Curb Weight: 238 kg (525 lbs) (Adventure, TBD)
  • Final Drive: RK525 SMOZ7, 112 link
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 22 L (5.8/4.8 US/Imp gal)
  • Ground Clearance: 165 mm (6.5 in)
  • Overall Length: 2295 mm (90.4 in)
  • Overall Width: 910 mm (35.8 in) (Advenutre, TBD)
  • Seat Height: 840 mm (33.1 in)
  • Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Suspension Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Tires Front : 110/80 R19 M/C 59H, tubeless
  • Tires Rear: 150/70 R17 M/C 69H, tubeless
  • Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
  • Wheelbase: 1535 mm (60.4 in)
  • Warranty:12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Color Option/MSRP:

  • Pearl Mira Red/Black / $10,399
  • Pearl Nebular Black / $10,399
  • Pearl Nebular Black (Adventure) / $10,999


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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