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2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Test
Aug 24, 2017

The 1000XT has plenty of excitingly delivered horsepower for passes on the interstate or overtakes in slow moving canyon roads. The DOHC 90-degree V-twin provides plenty of power for any street needs and the right suspension for it. Why have a specialized bike when this can do it all on pavement?

The far western section of the 58 starting from sleepy Santa Margarita to ADV-like Bitterwater Road is like Le Mans without all the dangers—long sweeping turns, a few good tight ones and some great straights (with no traffic!). I did some high-speed testing on a private road in the area, and was able to hit 112 mph before a front-lightening feeling from the fairing and windscreen—along with plenty of cargo on the back—convinced me that I didn’t need to explore higher speeds any further.